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International Journal of Surgical Oncology
Volume 2011, Article ID 989506, 5 pages
Review Article

Current Insights into Surgery for Intramedullary Spinal Cord Metastases: A Literature Review

Neurosurgical Department, University Hospital and Medical Faculty of Palacky University Olomouc, I.P. Pavlova 6, 77520 Olomouc, Czech Republic

Received 31 December 2010; Accepted 4 April 2011

Academic Editor: Alessandro Gasbarrini

Copyright © 2011 Ondrej Kalita. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis (ISCM) is the rarest type of CNS involvement by systemic malignant tumours. Optimal management of patients with ISCMs remains ambiguous. Based on two cases reported from our department, we focused on the strategy for intramedullary spinal cord metastases surgery.