Epithelial-myoepithelial carcinoma metastasis to the thoracic spine

C. Rory Goodwin, Mohamed H. Khattab, Eric W. Sankey, Genevieve M. Crane, Edward F. McCarthy, Daniel M. Sciubba

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Epithelial-myoepithelial carcinoma (EMC) is a very rare salivary gland malignancy accounting for less than 1% of salivary gland tumors, and classically arises from the parotid gland in females. Spinal cord compression caused by EMC metastasized from the parotid gland has only been described once in the literature to our knowledge. We report the first case of a patient with parotid EMC spinal metastasis undergoing a gross total resection with instrumented fusion. This case illustrates that an en bloc resection with a planned transgression through the spinal canal may be a reasonable option for EMC metastasized to the spine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-146
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016


  • En bloc
  • Epithelial-myoepithelial carcinoma
  • Gross total resection
  • Instrumented fusion
  • Spinal cord compression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)


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