A posterior approach for the excision of sacral chordoma

L. Gennari, A. Azzarelli, V. Quagliuolo

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We report eight cases of sacrococcygeal chordoma treated by high sacral resection through S2 by a posterior approach, with the intention of achieving radical removal. The technique we describe is easier than the combined abdominosacral approach, and there have been no serious intra-operative or postoperative complications. The major technical problems were the margins of excision in the sacrum itself (one recurred) and in the perirectal soft tissues (four recurred), and the preservation of sacral nerve roots. When both S2 roots were presented, sphincter problems were mild and reversible. One patient died from recurrence 32 months after operation and one was lost to follow-up at eight months. Six patients are alive with a median survival of three years; three of them are free of disease after 22, 36 and 80 months respectively. These results indicate the possibility of surgical cure of this malignant tumour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-568
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series B
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Surgery

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