Advances in Neurosurgery Volume 17, 1989, pp 220-224

Ventral Transvertebral Intradural Approach in Cervical and Thoracic Lesions

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Intradurally and ventrally situated extramedullary or intramedullary lesions can be operated on from a dorsal, dorsolateral, ventrola- teral, or ventral approach. Disadvantages of the dorsal approach consist in the danger of damaging the spinal cord. The direct way to the ventral spinal cord is the ventral approach [2,3,7,14,15].