From less to maximally invasiveness in cervical spine surgery: A nightmare case who deserve consideration

Massimiliano Visocchi, Giulio Conforti, Romeo Roselli, Giuseppe La Rocca, A. Spallone

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Abstract INTRODUCTION: Multilevel cervical myelopathy without surgical treatment is generally poor in the neurological deficit without surgical decompression. The two main surgical strategies used for the treatment of multilevel cervical myelopathy are anterior decompression via anterior corpectomy or posterior decompression via laminctomy/laminoplasty. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We present the case of a 62 year-old lady, harboring rheumatoid artritis (RA) with gait disturbances, pain, and weakness in both arms. A C5 and C6 somatectomy, C4-C7 discectomy and, instrumentation and fusion with telescopic distractor "piston like", anterior plate and expandable screws were performed. Two days later the patient complained dysfagia, and a cervical X-ray showed hardware dislocation. So a C4 somatectomy, telescopic extension of the construct up to C3 with expandible screws was performed. After one week the patient complained again soft dysfagia. New cervical X-ray showed the pull out of the cranial screws (C3). So the third surgery "one stage combined" an anterior decompression with fusion along with posterior instrumentation, and fusion was performed. DISCUSSION: There is a considerable controversy over which surgical approach will receive the best clinical outcome for the minimum cost in the compressive cervical myelopathy. However, the most important factors in patient selection for a particular procedure are the clinical symptoms and the radiographic alignment of the spine. the goals of surgery for cervical multilevel stenosis include the restoration of height, alignment, and stability. CONCLUSION: We stress the importance of a careful patients selection, and invocated still the importance for 360° cervical fixation.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)85-88
RivistaInternational Journal of Surgery
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2015


  • cervical spine, surgery


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