Complication Related to Medical Conditions

  • Umberto Vespasiani Gentilucci
  • Antonio Picardi

In this chapter, we discuss the medical conditions that can complicate the perioperative period and postoperative outcome of cervical spine surgery. In particular, we discuss about comorbidities determining an increased risk of perioperative complications and cardiac events, and about medical conditions associated with postoperative spinal infections, failure of spinal fusion, and poor neurologic recovery after surgery. When the published studies specific for cervical spine surgery were scanty, such as in comorbidities associated with spinal infections and poor neurologic recovery, we have referred to studies on thoracic and lumbar spine surgery.


Spinal Fusion Postoperative Infection Nondiabetic Patient Japanese Orthopedic Association Score Spinal Infection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Umberto Vespasiani Gentilucci
    • 1
  • Antonio Picardi
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinical MedicineUniversity Campus Bio-MedicoRomeItaly

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