Luque rod stabilization for metastatic disease of the spine

George R. Cybulski*, Kelvin A. Von Roenn, Charles M. D'Angelo, Ronald L. DeWald

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Instability of the spine caused by metastatic spread of primary tumors represents a serious risk for spinal cord or nerve root compression. In order to restore stability and relieve neural compression, a variety of surgical techniques originally used for reduction of nonpathologic spinal fractures have been applied to the problem of spinal metastases. Recently, we have utilized a technique developed primarily for correction of scoliosis to the treatment of metastatic spinal fractures. Six patients with spinal instability and neural compression secondary to metastatic tumors had segmental spinal stabilization with Luque rods, sublaminar wiring, and methyl methacrylate. Restoration of stability was successful in all cases with alleviation of preoperative pain and return to full activity. No evidence of instability occurred in this group of patients. As demonstrated by this experience and that of a few other small series, Luque rod stabilization provides a valuable addition to the techniques available for stabilization of metastatic fractures of the spine. Although the precise role of Luque rod segmental spinal stabilization in treatment of metastatic disease of the spine continues to be defined, thus far it has proved beneficial for cases of multiple vertebral body involvement or instability beyond one vertebral level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-283
Number of pages7
JournalSurgical Neurology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987


  • Metastasis
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Spine
  • Spine stabilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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