Anterior cervical postdiscectomy arthrodesis

Case contributed by Dr David Cuete

Presentation

Neck pain, pain radiating to both arms

Patient Data

Age: 70
Gender: Female
CT

CT cervical spine

Degenerative processes at all vertebral bodies,  with formation of osteophytes and decrease the intervertebral space. An anterior C6-C7 cervical arthrodesis is observed.

Case Discussion

Anterior cervical discectomy allows the offending disc to be surgically removed. A discectomy is a form of surgical decompression, so the procedure may also be called an anterior cervical decompression. A fusion surgery is almost always done at the same time as the discectomy in order to stabilize the cervical segment. 

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Case information

rID: 32678
Case created: 9th Dec 2014
Last edited: 4th Jul 2017
System: Spine
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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