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TOPIC OF THE ISSUE: EDITORIAL
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 200

Central corpectomy in cervical spondylotic myelopathy: Prevertebral soft tissue swelling


Department of Neurosurgery, Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan

Date of Submission26-Apr-2012
Date of Decision26-Apr-2012
Date of Acceptance26-Apr-2012
Date of Web Publication19-May-2012

Correspondence Address:
Kenji Ohata
Department of Neurosurgery, Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka
Japan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.96401

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Ohata K. Central corpectomy in cervical spondylotic myelopathy: Prevertebral soft tissue swelling. Neurol India 2012;60:200

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Ohata K. Central corpectomy in cervical spondylotic myelopathy: Prevertebral soft tissue swelling. Neurol India [serial online] 2012 [cited 2019 Aug 23];60:200. Available from: http://www.neurologyindia.com/text.asp?2012/60/2/200/96401


The article 'Temporal progression and spatial distribution of "normal" prevertebral soft tissue swelling following central corpectomy for cervical spondylotic myelopathy,' [1] published in this issue of Neurology India, provides an important information to the surgeons involved in the surgery for cervical spondylotic myelopathy. The authors should be complimented for having provided a simple and effective way to measure the prevertebral soft tissue swelling. According to the authors, prevertebral soft tissue swelling after central corpectomy is maximal at the C2 rather than at the corpectomy level. This piece of information appears potentially helpful to prevent postoperative airway complications and special attention is to be given to those who are at higher risk. Because of the recent advancement of retraction system, many patients undergoing anterior cervical approach and fusion did not complain respiratory problems so frequently. For the safety control in the postoperative care, however, the surgeon must pay attention to possible prevertebral swelling at C2 level after cervical corpectomy, as it is a life-threatening complication.

 
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1.Thomas SG, Joseph V, Rajshekhar V. Temporal progression and spatial distribution of "normal" prevertebral soft tissue swelling following central corpectomy for cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Neurol India 2012;60:217-23.  Back to cited text no. 1
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