Transforaminal endoscopic decompression for thoracic spinal stenosis under local anesthesia
Thoracic spinal stenosis is a common vertebral degenerative disease, and treatment remains challenging. In recent years, transforaminal endoscopic decompression has been widely used for treating lumbar degenerative diseases. However, the efficacy of this procedure for thoracic spinal stenosis has yet to be established. Herein, we report a case of thoracic spinal stenosis treated with transforaminal endoscopic decompression under local anesthesia.
An 88-year-old man presented with a 1-month history of progressive paralysis and dysesthesia in the bilateral lower extremities. A diagnosis of thoracic spinal stenosis was made, based on physical examination. A two-step percutaneous transforaminal endoscopic thoracic decompression was performed for spinal canal decompression. Over a follow-up of 1 year, a favorable outcome was noted.
Transforaminal endoscopic decompression is a safe and an effective surgical approach for the treatment of thoracic spinal stenosis. For patients with thoracic spinal stenosis, accurate diagnosis and elaborate surgical planning should be highlighted, and the surgical outcome can be favorable.
KeywordsThoracic spinal stenosis Transforaminal endoscopic decompression Local anesthesia Case report
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None of the authors has any potential conflict of interest.
This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No: 81571209) and the Luoyang Medical and Health Science and Technology Project (No: 1724001A-3).
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