Cervical alignment after single-level anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion using autologous bone graft without spinal instrumentation for cervical pyogenic spondylitis

  • Masashi MiyazakiEmail author
  • Tetsutaro Abe
  • Toshinobu Ishihara
  • Shozo Kanezaki
  • Naoki Notani
  • Masashi Kataoka
  • Hiroshi Tsumura
Original Article • SPINE - CERVICAL



Subsidence in anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion (ACCF) for cervical degenerative disease (CDD) are constantly observed during the postoperative course. Although kyphotic change of cervical alignment occurred frequently in cervical pyogenic spondylitis (CPS) postoperatively, studies on the postoperative change in segmental angle for CPS are limited. This study aimed to analyze cervical alignment after single-level ACCF using autologous bone graft without spinal instrumentation for CPS compared with that for CDD.


Six patients underwent single-level ACCF using autologous bone graft without spinal instrumentation for CPS. The control group included 18 age-matched patients who underwent single-level ACCF using autologous bone graft for CDD without spinal instrumentation for the same duration. Cervical and lateral plain radiographs and computed tomography scans were taken. The Frankel classification was used to assess the neurological status preoperatively, postoperatively, and at 2-year follow-up for CPS.


At 2-year follow-up, the average segmental angle at the fusion level was − 12.2° ± 6.9° for CPS and − 5.2° ± 7.6° for CDD (p = 0.04). Changes in segmental angle at the fusion level were − 7.2 ± 9.0° for CPS and − 1.1° ± 7.1° for CDD (p = 0.02). At 2-year follow-up, the average anterior segmental fusion height was 23.4 ± 1.7 mm for CPS and 29.1 ± 5.1 mm for CDD (p < 0.001). At 2-year follow-up, bone fusion in the CPS group was classified as grade 5 (complete fusion) in 4 patients (66.7%) and grade 4 (probable fusion) in 2 (33.3%). In the CDD group, it was grade 5 in 13 patients (72.2%) and grade 4 in 5 patients (27.8%). Overall, both groups achieved 100% bone fusion rate. The Frankel classification in all CPS cases improved or leveled off.


Progression of segmental kyphosis angle and subsidence of graft bone were observed postoperatively on all CPS cases. However, the neurological recovery and bone union were satisfactory.


Pyogenic spondylitis Cervical spine Segmental angle Kyphosis ACCF 



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Each author certifies that he or she, or a member of their immediate family, has no commercial associations (e.g., consultancies, stock ownership, equity interest, patent/licensing arrangements) that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article.

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The local institutional review board approved this study. All patients provided informed consent.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masashi Miyazaki
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tetsutaro Abe
    • 1
  • Toshinobu Ishihara
    • 1
  • Shozo Kanezaki
    • 1
  • Naoki Notani
    • 1
  • Masashi Kataoka
    • 2
  • Hiroshi Tsumura
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of MedicineOita UniversityOitaJapan
  2. 2.Physical Therapy Course of Study, Faculty of Welfare and Health SciencesOita UniversityOitaJapan

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