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Surgical Treatment of Spinal Chordomas

Narayan Sundaresan, MD; Andrew G. Huvos, MD; George Krol, MD; Joseph M. Lane, MD; Murray Brennan, MD
Arch Surg. 1987;122(12):1479-1482. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1987.01400240127024.
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• The clinical features and results of 34 patients with chordomas treated over a seven-year period were analyzed. Surgical treatment consisted of wide local excision (n=6), marginal resection (n=5), intralesional resection (n=20), and biopsy (n=3). Eighteen patients received postoperative radiotherapy. The local recurrence rate was 65%, with 30% of patients developing distant metastases. With the introduction of computed tomography, smaller tumors are currently being diagnosed; as a result, 35% of the patients in this series are disease free, compared with 10% described previously.

(Arch Surg 1987;122:1479-1482)


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