The use of expandable cages in patients undergoing multilevel corpectomies for metastatic tumors in the cervical spine.
ABSTRACT Expandable cages have been used successfully to reconstruct the anterior spinal column in the treatment of traumatic, neoplastic, infectious, and degenerative spine disease. To the best of our knowledge, no studies report the results of the use of expandable cages in patients undergoing multilevel corpectomies for cervical spine metastatic disease. We report our experience with the use of expandable cages in this subgroup of patients.From August 2006 to May 2008, 5 patients presenting with myelopathy, pain, and/or radiculopathy secondary to metastatic disease of the cervical spine underwent multilevel cervical corpectomies and placement of expandable cages in our institution. All procedures were supplemented with an anterior cervical plate and with posterior instrumentation to achieve a 360 degrees fusion. A visual analog scale (VAS), Nurick grade, Frankel grade, American Spinal Injuries Association (ASIA) grade, and Ranawat grade were used to evaluate patients pre- and postoperatively. The mean follow-up period was 13.2 months. Three patients underwent a 2-level corpectomy, 1 a 3-level corpectomy, and 1 a 4-level corpectomy. Postoperative imaging studies showed that all patients had correction of preoperative kyphosis. The mean VAS score was reduced from 6.4 to 1. All other indices of spinal cord injury measured improved postoperatively or were stabilized. Postoperative imaging studies showed stable constructs in 4 patients.The use of expandable cages in multilevel corpectomies for the treatment of metastatic cervical spine disease appears to be a safe and effective way to reconstruct the anterior column of the cervical spine, preventing further neurologic deterioration.
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ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Expandable cervical cages have been utilised successfully to reconstruct the cervical spine for various conditions. However, to date there are only limited data on their influence on cervical sagittal profile. In this retrospective study, we present our experience with performing anterior cervical corpectomy in one or two levels using expandable titanium cages in order to achieve stable reconstruction and restoration of cervical lordosis. METHODS: A case series of data from 48 consecutive patients (20 men, 28 women; mean age 61 years) operated upon in a 5-year-period is retrospectively reviewed. Standard anterior single- or two-level cervical corpectomy, fusion and spinal reconstruction were performed, including placement of an expandable titanium cage and an anterior cervical plate. The mean follow-up was 23 months (range, 8-42 months). Outcome was measured by clinical examinations and visual analogue scale (VAS) scale; myelopathy was classified according the Nurick grading system. Radiographic analysis comprised several parameters, including segmental Cobb angle, cervical lordosis, subsidence ratio and sagittal cage angle. Computed tomography was done 1 and 2 years after surgery; cervical spine radiographs were obtained 3, 6, 12 and 24 months after surgery. RESULTS: In 38 patients (79 %) osseous fusion or stability of construct could be demonstrated in the 2-year follow up examination. The mean restoration of segmental Cobb angle as well as cervical lordosis amounted to 7.6° and 5.4° respectively, both being statistically significant. Furthermore, a profound correction (10° or more) of the sagittal cervical curve was shown in 15 patients. CONCLUSION: Regarding the restoration of the physiological sagittal cervical profile, expandable cervical cages seem to be efficient and easy to use for cervical spine reconstruction after anterior corpectomy. Donor-site-related complications are avoided, fast and strong reconstruction of the anterior column is provided, resulting in satisfactory fusion rates after 2 years.Acta Neurochirurgica 03/2013; 155(5). DOI:10.1007/s00701-013-1655-7 · 1.79 Impact Factor