Metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumor to the thoracic and lumbar spine: First reported case and surgical treatment

Nicholas P. Slimack*, John C. Liu, Tyler Koski, Jamal McClendon, Brian A. O'Shaughnessy

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Abstract

Background context: Metastatic epidural spinal cord compression from gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) is a rarely reported phenomenon. Purpose: To describe the surgical management of metastatic GIST to two noncontiguous regions of the spinal column. Study design: Case report. Methods: Review of the medical chart, radiographic studies, and relevant literature. Results: The patient underwent direct surgical decompression and stabilization of the cervicothoracic junction and the lumbar region during treatment of two distinct sites of metastatic pathology. Conclusions: Treatment of epidural compression from metastatic GIST with direct decompression and stabilization is safe and feasible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e7-e12
JournalSpine Journal
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2012

Keywords

  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumor
  • Metastatic
  • Spinal instrumentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology

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