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Specialists in Surgical Spine Care

Cervical Spine Tumor/Instability

Case #1: 55 Year Old with Cerebral Palsy

This is a 55 year old male with cerebral palsy. He was quite functional until recently where he was unable to walk anymore. After workup, he was diagnosed with having a mass at the base of his neck. His neck was deemed unstable and needed urgent decompression and fusion. His neck was stabilized from his occiput down to his cervical spine.

Patient is doing well and moving all of his extremities again.

Cases at Spine Specialists - Cervical Spine Tumor/Instability

MRI showing a mass or possible undiagnosed broken bone at the base of his neck with severe compression of his spinal cord.

Cases at Spine Specialists - Cervical Spine Tumor/Instability

His Cat Scan showed an abnormal anatomy of his neck that was subluxing forward pinching his spinal cord at the base of his neck.

Cases at Spine Specialists - Cervical Spine Tumor/Instability

His neck was stabilized from his occiput down to his cervical spine.

Case #2: Thirty Year Old with Neck Pain

A thirty year old presents with neck pain. No specific neurological symptoms. After workup, he was diagnosed with having a lesion in his neck suspicious for a cancer/tumor. He was otherwise healthy with no medical problems.

Cases at Spine Specialists - Cervical Spine Tumor/Instability

Cat Scan revealing a lytic lesion at the C5 level.

Cases at Spine Specialists - Cervical Spine Tumor/Instability

Cat Scan revealing a lytic lesion at the C5 level.

After continued workup, including a Magnetic Resonance Angiogram, we decided to remove the tumor and perform stabilization in case removing the cervical spine tumor weakened his spinal stability.

This patient is doing very well with no complications.

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Picture of the tumor under the microscope.

Cases at Spine Specialists - Cervical Spine Tumor/Instability

Picture of the space after the tumor was removed.