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ISRN Surgery
Volume 2011, Article ID 719715, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/719715
Review Article

A Systematic and Evidence-Based Approach to the Management of Vertebral Metastasis

1Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 N. State Street, Jackson, MS 39216, USA
2Department of Nuclear Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 N. State Street, Jackson, MS 39216, USA

Received 6 May 2011; Accepted 21 June 2011

Academic Editors: A. J. Parry, A. Petroianu, B. H. Yong, and D. E. Ziogas

Copyright © 2011 Richard L. S. Jennelle et al. 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.

Abstract

Diagnosis and management of vertebral metastasis requires a systematic approach to patient identification as well as selection of appropriate therapy. Rapid identification and prompt intervention in the treatment of malignant epidural spinal cord compression (MESCC) is key to maintaining quality of life. This paper provides a series of tools as well as guidance in selecting effective and evidence-based therapy individualized to the specific patient.