Aim. We reviewed our ten-year experience with surgical en-bloc chest wall and vertebral resection for sarcoma invading the spine, and verified five-year survival and feasibility of this aggressive surgery. Methods. From 1994 to 1999, 13 patients underwent surgical en-bloc resection for primary sarcoma of the chest wall involving the spine. Concurrent pulmonary resection was performed in 12 cases. A single hemi-vertebrectomy was performed in 2 patients, a triple hemivertebrectomy in 2, a complete vertebrectomy in 4, a triple complete vertebrectomy in 5. Results. Significative morbidity occurred in 1 patient who had lower limbs paralysis (9%). Perioperative mortality occurred in 2 patients (15.4%): 1 operative death for bleeding and 1 patients for a adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The overall five-year survival was 30.8%, excluding die 2 perioperative deaths the five-year survival resulted 36.4%. Conclusion. In spite of the limited number of patients, the morbility and mortality outcome and the five-year survival leads us to think that surgery is the main therapy for primary chest wall sarcomas involving the spine. En-bloc chest wall and vertebral resection is a safe and effective treatment.
|Translated title of the contribution||Chest wall and vertebral en-bloc resection for sarcoma: Ten-year experience|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2005|
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