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J Neurosurg. 1994 Jan;80(1):16-9.

The surgical technique of anterior cervical fusion using bone grafts obtained from cervical vertebral bodies.

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Department of Neurosurgery, Kushiro Rousai Hospital, Japan.

Abstract

The authors describe the surgical technique of anterior cervical fusion using bone grafts obtained from cervical vertebral bodies. This series consisted of 90 patients with cervical intervertebral disc disease suffering from cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Thirty-five patients were operated on at one level, 33 at two levels, and 22 at three levels. Postoperative x-ray films showed solid bone fusion in all patients at a mean follow-up time of 24 months (range 1 year to 3 years 6 months). Anterior angulation was found in four (4.4%) of the 90 patients. This surgical procedure has two major advantages: 1) there are no complications related to the iliac donor site, allowing early patient mobilization; and 2) the extensive posterior spur can be removed safely and easily under a wide operative field without damaging the spinal cord and nerve roots.

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PMID:
8271005
DOI:
10.3171/jns.1994.80.1.0016
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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