Carbon fiber lumbopelvic reconstruction following sacral giant cell tumor resection: illustrative case.
BACKGROUND: The use of carbon fiber or polyetheretherketone spine constructs has proven to be a safe and effective alternative to standard metal alloy. The mechanical properties of carbon fiber while unique provide a construct that is comparable in strength to previous titanium-based constructs and have additionally shown greater fatigue resistance. These constructs have been especially useful for the mechanical stabilization of the spine following tumor resection. The subsequent interference seen when imaging a patient with a traditional metallic construct is reduced and allows for improved tumor surveillance after the procedure, and a more accurate delivery of radiotherapy when indicated.
OBSERVATIONS: This case report details the treatment of a 25-year-old female diagnosed with a sacral giant cell tumor. The authors discuss the use of a carbon fiber-reinforced polyetheretherketone for lumbopelvic reconstruction.
LESSONS: Carbon fiber-reinforced polyetheretherketone with its radiolucency and rigidity is a reliable option for complex spinal reconstruction after tumor resection.
Published In/Presented At
Raso, J., Chi, J., Labaran, L. A., Frank, C., & Shen, F. H. (2023). Carbon fiber lumbopelvic reconstruction following sacral giant cell tumor resection: illustrative case. Journal of neurosurgery. Case lessons, 5(11), CASE22555. https://doi.org/10.3171/CASE22555
Medical Education | Medicine and Health Sciences
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