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Neoplasma Vol.56, No.1, p.84-87, 2009

Title: Diagnosis and surgical therapy of plasma cell neoplasia of the spine
Author: S. Rehak, V. Maisnar, V. Malek, T. Cesak, P. Ryska, M. Bartos, R. Talab


Presented is a retrospective analysis of 27 patients with plasma cell neoplasms of the spine treated by surgery. Multiple myeloma was confirmed in 22 (81%) and solitary plasmacytoma in 5 patients (19%), assessed at the time of surgery. Nineteen patients (70%) with the preliminary diagnosis of malignancy of unknown etiology were admitted for surgery. In 23 patients (85%) the essential symptom was back pain, which preceded surgery by an average of 4 months. Thirteen patients (48%) were bedridden due to tumor spinal cord compression, on average for 7 days before undergoing surgery. Only 5 out of 13 bedridden patients (38%) regained the ability to walk after surgery and 8 patients (62%) remained bedridden despite successful surgical decompression of the spinal cord. The difference of survival of the patients between bedridden and able to walk prior to surgery was statistically significant (Cox’s F-Test = 0.005).

Keywords: plasma cell neoplasia, spinal cord compression, late diagnosis, outcome
Year: 2009, Volume: 56, Issue: 1 Page From: 84, Page To: 87
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