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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 399-402

Giant cell tumor of the cervico-dorsal junction with compressive myelopathy: A rare presentation with review of literature

1 Department of Neurosurgery, R and R Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Neurosurgery, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Vikas Maheshwari
Department of Neurosurgery, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune - 411 040, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_126_19

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Giant cell tumor (GCT) of bone, although benign in its nature, is aggressive in its course. It has a predilection for the epiphysis of long bones. Although it can affect any vertebra in the body, it has propensity to affect the fixed spine more than the mobile segments. It occurs infrequently above the sacrum, and involvement of the cervical spine is still rarer. However, sparse case reports of upper cervical spine GCT have been reported in literature. We report a case of GCT involving the C7 and D1 vertebrae in a 50-year-old woman who presented with the features of compressive myelopathy. She underwent corpectomy of C7–D1 with cage fixation and cervical plating via an anterior approach. The patient showed significant neurological improvement postoperatively.

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