Neurosurgical Review

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 217–221

Radiologic long-term results after cervical vertebral interbody fusion with Polymethyl Methacrylat (PMMA)

  • Dieter-Karsten Böker
  • Rolf Schultheiß
  • Eva Maria Probst
Original articles


Long-term results of cervical interbody fusion with PMMA were evaluated in a retrospective study. X-ray films of 83 patients were obtainable. Post-operative follow-up in this series was between 15 and 20 years. The results show that PMMA is engrafted after about 2 years. Stable vertebral interbody fusion is obtained in about 90% of cases. Development of malignoma was not observed. Resorptive bone alterations, which can be seen in about 2% of cases one to two years after operation are shown not to be progressive. This process heals and stable fusion develops.


Cervical spine interbody fusion PMMA long-term results 


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© Walter de Gruyter & Co 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dieter-Karsten Böker
    • 1
    • 2
  • Rolf Schultheiß
    • 1
  • Eva Maria Probst
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of BonnBonnWest Germany
  2. 2.Neurochirurg. Universitäts-KlinikBonn 1West Germany

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