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Anterior Thoracic Surgical Approaches in the Treatment of Spinal Infections and Neoplasms
The University of Pittsburgh experience with anterior approaches to spinal problems is summarized. Approaches included cervical/sternotomy in 8 pts, thoracotomy in 79, and thoracoabominal in 43 for infection (50), primary neoplasms (22), and metastases (58). 30 and 90 day mortality were 9% and 21%, and the major complication rate was 28%. The procedures appeared to be effective in relieving symptoms.