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An Overview of Various Surgical Approaches

  • Matthew J. Tormenti
  • Mark R. McLaughlinEmail author
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Abstract

Degenerative cervical myelopathy and radiculopathy are a leading cause of disability in the aging population. The two conditions are distinct but related and can often be seen in tandem. Myelopathy refers to damage to the spinal cord and central nervous system itself. This differs from radiculopathy which is damage or irritation of a nerve root that is part of the peripheral nervous system. In treating degenerative disease of the cervical spine, surgeons often can observe myeloradiculopathy which has characteristics of both central and peripheral nervous system dysfunctions.

Keywords

Degenerative cervical myelopathy and radiculopathy Disability Aging population Myelopathy Radiculopathy Myeloradiculopathy Posterior cervical foraminotomy Laminectomy Anterior cervical discectomy Fusion 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Princeton Brain and SpineLanghorneUSA
  2. 2.Princeton Brain and Spine Care, LLCPrincetonUSA

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