European Spine Journal

, Volume 27, Supplement 3, pp 431–435 | Cite as

Intraoperative total spinal anesthesia as a complication of posterior percutaneous endoscopic cervical discectomy

  • Wenkai Wu
  • Zhengjian YanEmail author
Case Report



Percutaneous endoscopic cervical discectomy (PECD) is an emerging surgical treatment for cervical disc herniation in recent years, but the complications of PECD are rarely reported. In this case report, we aimed to report two cases of total spinal anesthesia, an unusual complication of PECD.

Methods and Results

One patient became unconscious with unstable vital signs and another patient appeared with numbness of both arms and legs during PECD operation.


From these two cases, we concluded that the operation of anchoring during PECD should be cautious and standardized, intravenous anesthesia should be chosen to enhance intraoperative anesthesia to prevent intraoperative total spinal anesthesia.


Total spinal anesthesia Complication Endoscopic Cervical discectomy 



Funding was provided by Chongqing Municipal Public Health Bureau, Chongqing People’s Municipal Government (CN), Award number: 2017ZDXM031.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

None of the authors has any potential conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Orthopedics DepartmentThe Second Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical UniversityChongqingChina

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