Introduction/aims: Vertebral metastases are rarely encountered forms of distant metastatic disease related to oral and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Spinal cord compression occurs form fracture or tumour invasion and may present as an oncological emergency. However, treatment strategies in this patient group have not been defined and primary surgical treatment of the spinal metastases remains controversial. We present four cases of vertebral metastases and discuss the management.
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