Sixty cases of metastatic extramedullary tumors of the spinal cord have been analyzed regarding tumor type, level of involvement, degree of paresis, and the role of surgery and radiation therapy in management. In general, the more rapid the rate of progression, and the longer the duration and the more severe the degree of neurological deficit, the less favorable is the prognosis concerning return of motor function. The best mode of treatment appears to be surgery followed by postoperative radiation therapy. When pressure symptoms develop and the position of the defect can be established, immediate decompressive laminectomy should be performed to lessen the chances of permanent cord damage. This should be followed by radiation therapy to the area of involvement.
Bansal S, Brady LW, Olsen A, Faust DS, Osterholm J, Kazem I. The Treatment of Metastatic Spinal Cord Tumors. JAMA. 1967;202(8):686–688. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130210060008
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