Review Article: Metastasis

Here is a good review article from the “yellow journal” on metastasis to the spine!

Rose, P., Buchowski, J. (2011). Metastatic Disease in the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon 19(1), 37-48.

Download PDF from the website

As a complement to this article, I found a good video lecture on this topic by Dr.  Laurence Rhinnes from MD Anderson.


Spinal metastasis – evaluation and treatment

The spine is one of the most common site for metastasis. Effective management of spinal metastasis requires a logical and systematic approach.

Dr. Laurence D. Rhines, MD is the Professor of Neurosurgery at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA.

In his excellent and lucid talk given at the Seattle Science Foundation, Dr. Rhines puts forth four questions to ask ourselves when dealing with spinal metastasis.

1) Is the patient medically fit to undergo a procedure?
2) What is the clinical presentation?
3) What is the pathology (histology)?
4) Do you have a feasible surgical plan?

For more details, please watch the following lecture.