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.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Section of Neurosurgery, Lebanon, New Hampshire
Reprint requests: Richard L. Saunders, M.D., Section of Neurosurgery, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.
Received, August 19, 1994. Accepted, March 20, 1995.