Importance of Spinal Alignment in Primary and Metastatic Spine Tumors.


Spinal alignment, particularly with respect to spinopelvic parameters, is highly correlated with morbidity and health-related quality-of-life outcomes. Although the importance of spinal alignment has been emphasized in the deformity literature, spinopelvic parameters have not been considered in the context of spine oncology. Because the aim of oncologic spine surgery is mostly palliative, consideration of spinopelvic parameters could improve postoperative outcomes in both the primary and metastatic tumor population by taking overall vertebral stability into account. This review highlights the relevance of focal and global spinal alignment, particularly related to spinopelvic parameters, in the treatment of spine tumors.





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Sankey, Eric W, Christine Park, Elizabeth P Howell, Zach Pennington, Muhammad Abd-El-Barr, Isaac O Karikari, Christopher I Shaffrey, Ziya L Gokaslan, et al. (2019). Importance of Spinal Alignment in Primary and Metastatic Spine Tumors. World neurosurgery, 132. pp. 118–128. 10.1016/j.wneu.2019.08.161 Retrieved from

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Muhammad Abd-El-Barr

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

As a Neurosurgeon with fellowship training in Spine Surgery, I have dedicated my professional life to treating patients with spine disorders. These include spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, herniated discs and spine tumors. I incorporate minimally-invasive spine (MIS) techniques whenever appropriate to minimize pain and length of stay, yet not compromise on achieving the goals of surgery, which is ultimately to get you back to the quality of life you once enjoyed. I was drawn to medicine and neurosurgery for the unique ability to incorporate the latest in technology and neuroscience to making patients better. I will treat you and your loved ones with the same kind of care I would want my loved ones to be treated with. In addition to my clinical practice, I will be working with Duke Bioengineers and Neurobiologists on important basic and translational questions surrounding spinal cord injuries (SCI), which we hope to bring to clinical relevance.


Courtney Rory Goodwin

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, Orthopedic Surgery.
Director of Spine Oncology,
Associate Residency Program Director
Third Year Study Program Director Neurosciences, Duke University School of Medicine
Director of Spine Metastasis, Duke Center for Brain and Spine Metastasis, Department of Neurosurgery
Duke Cancer Institute, Duke University Medical Center

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