Benign Tumors of the Cervical Spine

Alan M. Levine, Stefano Boriani, Davide Donati, Mario Campanacci

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Benign tumors of the cervical spine are relatively Infrequent but have a number of common characteristics that aid in the evaluation and troatment of these lesions. Tha tumors are most common In the first and second decades of life, presenting ss pain, neck stiffness and torticollis. In approximately 70%, the lesions are visible on plain roentgenograms and the remainder are well visualized on bone scan and computed tomographic scan. The majority ae present in tha posterior elements and may be treated adequately with excisional biopsy by curretage. Stage 3 lesions are best treated by marginal excisional techniques and may require adjunctive techniques such as embolfcerlon or radiation therapy. The location of the lesion and extent of excision determine the necessity for fusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-406
Number of pages8
Issue number10S
Publication statusPublished - 1992


  • Benign Tumors
  • Cervical spine
  • Diagnosis
  • Therapyl

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physiology


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