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J Craniovertebr Junction Spine. 2019 Jan-Mar;10(1):28-32. doi: 10.4103/jcvjs.JCVJS_87_18.

Clinical presentation and outcome after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion for degenerative cervical disc disease.

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Department of Neurosurgery, Narayana Medical College Hospital, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Department of Biochemistry, Calcutta Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Department of Community Medicine, MGM Medical College and LSK Hospital, Kishanganj, Bihar, India.
Department of Neurosurgery Critical Care, RED LATINO, Organizaci├│n Latinoamericana De Trauma Y Cuidado, Neurointensivo, Bogota, Colombia.
Department of Anesthesia, Narayana Medical College Hospital, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India.



Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a well-described surgical approach for symptomatic degenerative cervical disc disease which does not respond to conservative management. In the present study, we assessed clinical presentation and outcomes of ACDF.

Materials and Methods:

The present study was conducted from October 1, 2015, to October 31, 2017, in the Department of Neurosurgery, Narayana Medical College and Hospital, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, among 100 consecutive adult patients who underwent single- or two-level ACDF for degenerative cervical disc disease.


The mean age was 47.2 ┬▒ 12.8 years (range: 20-74 years). Majority of the patients were male (86/100). Presenting symptoms were neck pain (77%), limb weakness (73%), paresthesias (53%), radicular pain (49%), stiffness in limbs (16%), and bladder involvement (13%). Fusion was done with stand-alone titanium cage/bone graft or titanium cage/bone graft with anterior cervical plate. At the time of discharge, significant improvement in preoperative symptoms (neck pain [47/77-61%], radicular pain [31/49-63%], limb weakness [53/73-72.6%], paresthesias [44/53-83%], stiffness in limbs [13/16-81%], and bladder symptoms [8/13-61%]) was reported by majority of these patients. Majority of these patients also reported improvement in preoperative sensory deficits at the time of discharge. Postoperative complications were hoarseness of voice (22%), dysphagia (16%), deterioration of motor power (8%), and postoperative hematoma (7%).


A significant proportion of patients with degenerative cervical disc disease show remarkable recovery after ACDF.


Anterior cervical discectomy; cervical radiculopathy; fusion

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