Key Points

• Tumors of the axial skeleton arise primarily from the bone or spread to the bone via hematogenous routes.

• Primary bone tumors can be benign or malignant; benign lesions are typically found in patients who are younger than 30 years of age and are more commonly found in the posterior elements; malignant lesions are typical in older patients and most commonly found within the vertebral body.

• The most frequent metastatic lesions to the spine arise from malignancy of the breast, prostate and lung.

• Diagnostic studies include physical examination, plain roentgenography, CTscanning and MRI, with the latter being the gold standard in imaging.

• Treatment for metastatic disease is primarily palliative; initial treatment is typically radiation therapy, with surgical treatment reserved for unclear diagnosis, intractable pain, spinal instability or neurological deficit.

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