Objective: This manuscript discusses the more common causes of malignant lesions of the spine, including an overview of the incidence/prevalence data and clinical features of both primary and secondary malignancies. It also provides the reader with a clinical overview of patients with spine cancer.
Discussion: It is important to appreciate the myriad epidemiologic and clinical features of primary and secondary spine cancers. Patients with malignant skeletal lesions may be asymptomatic in the area of cancerous bone disease and, as a consequence, these lesions can be overlooked. This may result in dismal consequences for the patient, given the generally poor prognosis associated with spine cancers. Knowledge of the features discussed in this paper will assist the clinician in appropriately raising his/her index of suspicion for spine cancer in suitable clinical circumstances.
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