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Laser ablation shows benefit for tumors near the spine

from Medscape (free login required)

The use of a magnetic resonance (MR)–guided laser ablation technique shows success as a minimally invasive alternative to separation surgery in high-grade malignant spinal cord compression, a new study on the technique suggests. "This is a good, minimally invasive alternative to surgery for patients with a high surgical risk," said Claudo Tatsui, MD, a neurosurgeon with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, in presenting the findings here at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) 83rd Annual Meeting. more

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