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The Netherlands Cervical Kinematics (NECK) Trial: Cost-effectiveness of anterior cervical discectomy with or without interbody fusion and arthroplasty in the treatment of cervical disc herniation; adouble-blind randomised multicenter study

Abstract Background Patients with cervical radicular syndrome due to disc herniation refractory to conservative treatment are offered surgical treatment. Anterior cervical discectomy is the standard procedure, often in combination with

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Isolated long thoracic nerve paralysis – a rare complication of anterior spinal surgery: a case report

Abstract Introduction Isolated long thoracic nerve injury causes paralysis of the serratus anterior muscle. Patients with serratus anterior palsy may present with periscapular pain, weakness, limitation of shoulder elevation and

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Case Study Report: Episodic cauda equina compression from an intradural lumbar herniated disc: A case of

Abstract Intradural disc herniation (IDDH) is a rare complication of intervertebral disc disease and comprises 0.26-0.30% of all herniated discs, with 92% of them located in the lumbar region1. We

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Relationship between spine osteoarthritis, bone mineral density and bone turn over markers in post menopausal women

Abstract Background Several studies have observed an inverse relationship between osteoporosis and spinal osteoarthritis, the latter being considered as possibly delaying the development of osteoporosis. The aim of this study

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Clinical outcomes and safety assessment in elderly patients undergoing decompressive laminectomy for lumbar spinal stenosis: a prospective study

Abstract Background To assess safety, risk factors and clinical outcomes in elderly patients with spinal stenosis after decompressive laminectomy. Methods A prospective cohort of patients 70 years and older with

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Dynesys: The current evidence

The Dynesys spinal system is a non-fusion pedicle screw-based stabilisation system introduced by Dubois in 1994. It consists of conventional pedicle screws with spherical head holes through which polyethylene terephthalate

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Vertebroplasty: an update

Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive, image-guided injection of Polymethyl Methacrylate cement to relieve pain from a vertebral body fracture. It was described by Galibart et al1 in the treatment of

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Role of the supine lateral radiograph of the spine in vertebroplasty for osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture: a prospective study

Abstract Background Severely collapsed vertebral compression fracture (VCF) is usually considered as a contraindication for vertebroplasty because of critically decreased vertebral height (less than one-third the original height). However, osteoporotic

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Robot arm based flat panel CT-guided electromagnetic tracked spine interventions: phantom and animal model experiments

Abstract Purpose: To evaluate accuracy and procedure times of electro-magnetic tracking (EMT) in a robotic arm mounted flat panel setting using phantom and animal cadaveric models. Methods and materials: A

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Overcoming the tattoo risk for spinal anaesthesia in caesarean section

Introduction Recently a 26-year-old lady was admitted for elective caesarean section for breech presentation. Preanaesthetic back examination revealed an extensive tattoo covering the entire of her lumbar region with no