AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 10 (October)

Spine and Spinal Cord: Spinal Stereotactic Radiosurgery (October 2010)

October 2010 pages 3-4 Spine and Spinal Cord: Spinal Stereotactic Radiosurgery The spine is the most frequent location for skeletal metastases, which occur in up to 40% of patients with cancer. Skeletal metastases occur most commonly in patients whose cancer presents in the following primary sites: the breasts (39.3%), prostate (23.5%), and lung (19.9%), and there is a slight male predominance. The thoracic spine is affected in up to 70% of cases, followed by the lumbar and cervical areas. Metastatic lesions of the spine may involve the epidural space, the paravertebral soft tissues, and bone. Initially...

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