Postembolization Paralysis in a Man with a Thoracolumbar Giant Cell Tumor

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Dr. Kingsley R. Chin Medical Paper

Scientific Paper

Finstein JL1Chin KRAlvandi FLackman RD.

Interested medical professionals can read through the full paper, also published in Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research, here.


Giant cell tumors are hypervascular tumors that represent approximately 5% of all primary bone neoplasms. Vertebral tumors often require surgery to maintain spinal stability or to relieve spinal cord and nerve root compression. However, surgical resection of hypervascular tumors like giant cell tumors can be hazardous because of the risk of excessive intraoperative hemorrhage. Preoperative embolization can be useful to decrease perioperative blood loss in primary and metastatic vertebral tumors, and preoperative embolization for vertebral tumor surgery is relatively safe. We report a patient who had the unusual but serious complications of paralysis and paresthesia at the T12 vertebra and below as a result of preoperative embolization. At 6 months followup, the patient was disease-free but without neurologic function from T12 and below. Therefore, it is imperative physicians be aware of the possible preoperative embolization complication of cord infarction and the safety measures proposed in this article to avoid this complication.

About Author Dr. Kingsley R. Chin

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Dr. Kingsley R. Chin, Founder of philosophy and practice of The LES Society and The LESS Institute

Dr. Kingsley R. Chin is a board certified Harvard-trained orthopedic spine surgeon and professor with copious business and information technology exposure. He sees a niche opportunity where medicine, business and info. tech meet – and is uniquely educated at the intersection of these three professions. He has experience as Professor of Clinical Biomedical Sciences & Admissions Committee Member at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Visiting Spine Surgeon & Professor at the University of the West Indies, Mona, and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Biomedical Studies at the University of Technology, Jamaica.

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Scientific Paper Author and Citation Details


Finstein JL1Chin KRAlvandi FLackman RD.

Author information

  1. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

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