A modified posterolateral transpedicular approach to thoracolumbar corpectomy with nerve preservation and bilateral cage reconstruction
AuthorWong, ML; Lau, HC; Kaye, AH
Source TitleJOURNAL OF CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE
PublisherELSEVIER SCI LTD
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsWong, ML; Lau, HC; Kaye, AH, A modified posterolateral transpedicular approach to thoracolumbar corpectomy with nerve preservation and bilateral cage reconstruction, JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE, 2014, 21 (6), pp. 988 - 992
Access StatusOpen Access
This retrospective study investigated the early results of a single-stage posterolateral transpedicular corpectomy and fusion in the thoracolumbar spine. A modified technique with nerve preservation and bilateral expandable cage implantation is described. Four patients with vertebral metastasis and one patient with vertebral osteomyelitis were included in this series. Two patients underwent two level corpectomies, whereas three patients underwent single level corpectomy. The mean follow-up was 3.3 months. No perioperative complication was encountered. Improvement in neurological status was observed in patients with preoperative neurological deficits. Vertebral height and sagittal and coronal deformity were corrected using the current technique. Bilateral cage implantation offers an additional advantage of asymmetrical reconstruction of the ventral column in cases of hemicorpectomy. Single-stage posterolateral transpedicular corpectomy and fusion is a useful approach to treat ventral thoracolumbar pathologies.
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