SPINEVertebrectomy of giant cell tumor with vertebral artery embolization: case reportRodrigues, Luciano M.a; Nicolau, Rodrigo J.a; Puertas, Eduardo B.b; Milani, Carloc Author Information aSpine Group of the ABC School of Medicine bSpine Group of the Federal University of São Paulo cDiscipline of Locomotor System of the ABC School of Medicine, São Paulo, Brazil Correspondence to Professor Carlo Milani, MD, Rua Américo Brasiliense, 596 CEP: 09715-021, São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, Brazil Tel: +55 11 4331 6300; fax: +55 11 4121 4026; e-mail: [email protected] Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B 18(2):p 99-102, March 2009. | DOI: 10.1097/BPB.0b013e328329dc56 Buy Metrics Abstract Giant cell tumors (GCT) are rare in the cervical spine in adolescent children. This tumor is histologically benign, but there is a high recurrence rate. Although surgical resection of GCT arising in the cervical spine is commonly regarded as recommended treatment method, it is still a challenge to achieve satisfactory results. The authors describe a case of a patient of adolescent age with a GCT in the cervical spine. It was necessary to study the embolization of the vertebral artery to planning the vertebrectomy surgery for resection of the entire tumor to avoid recurrence. The resection of the tumor was carried out by combined access (anteriorly and posteriorly) and was stabilized with plate, posterior lateral mass screws, and autologous iliac crest graft. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.