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Neurosurgery:
Clinical Study

On the Pathogenesis of the Radiculopathy Complicating Multilevel Corpectomy

Saunders, Richard L. M.D.

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Abstract

POSTOPERATIVE FIFTH CERVICAL radiculopathy has been described after cervical corpectomy. One explanation for this complication is thought to be the factor of traction on cervical roots caused by a shifting of the spinal cord consequent to decompression. This theory is supported by our experience with 176 patients undergoing corpectomies for whom a lesser width of decompression all but eliminated the complication.

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