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European Spine Journal

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 62–65 | Cite as

Results of anterior discectomy without fusion for treatment of cervical radiculopathy and myelopathy

  • S. Tegos
  • K. Rizos
  • A. Papathanasiu
  • K. Kyriakopulos
Original Articles

Summary

In this retrospective study 180 patients were submitted to anterior discectomy without fusion for cervical radiculopathy and myelopathy. Ninety-five patients presented with single-level discopathy, the main symptom being radiculopathy in this group. Eighty-five patients presented with multiple-level discopathy, the main symptom being myelopathy instead of radiculopathy. No serious complications were observed in either group. In the single-level discopathy group the improvement of the radiculopathy was 94.7% and of the myelopathy, 87.5%, whereas in the multiple-level discopathy group the improvement of the myelopathy was 57.1% and of the radiculopathy, 66.6%. It is concluded that anterior cervical discectomy without interbody fusion is a safe and effective surgical method for the treatment of radiculopathy and less so for myelopathy.

Key words

Anterior cervical surgery Disc herniation radiculopathy Myelopathy Discectomy Fusion 

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© Springer-Verlag 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Tegos
    • 1
  • K. Rizos
    • 1
  • A. Papathanasiu
    • 1
  • K. Kyriakopulos
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryArmy Veterans Administration Hospital (NIMTS)AthensGreece

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