Cervical spinal cord infarction after cervical spine decompressive surgery

Samuel Kalb, Saeed Fakhran, Bruce Dean, Jeffrey Ross, Randall W. Porter, Udaya K. Kakarla, Paul Ruggieri, Nicholas Theodore

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Objective: To report five patients who underwent cervical decompressive surgeries and developed persistent postoperative neurologic deficits compatible with spinal cord infarctions and evaluate causes for these rare complications. Methods: The clinical courses and imaging studies of five patients were retrospectively analyzed. Imaging findings, types of surgeries, vascular compromise or risk factors, hypotensive episodes, intraoperative somatosensory evoked potentials, concomitant brain infarctions, and clinical degree and radiographic extent of spinal cord infarction were studied. The presence of spinal cord infarction was determined by clinical course and imaging evaluation. Results: All five patients had antecedent cervical cord region vascular compromise or generalized vascular risk factors. Four patients developed hypotensive episodes, two intraoperatively and two postoperatively. None of the four patients with hypotensive episodes had imaging or clinical evidence of concomitant brain infarctions. Conclusions: Neuroimaging evaluation of spinal cord infarction after decompressive surgery is done to exclude spinal cord compression, to ensure adequate surgical decompression, and to confirm infarction by imaging. Antecedent, unrecognized preoperative vascular compromise may be a significant contributor to spinal cord infarction by itself or in combination with hypotension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)810-817
Number of pages8
JournalWorld Neurosurgery
Volume81
Issue number5-6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Infarction
Spine
Spinal Cord
Brain Infarction
Blood Vessels
Surgical Decompression
Spinal Cord Compression
Somatosensory Evoked Potentials
Neurologic Manifestations
Neuroimaging
Hypotension
Cervical Cord
vascular factor

Keywords

  • Cervical
  • Decompression surgery
  • Hypotension
  • Imaging
  • Infarction
  • Spine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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Kalb, S., Fakhran, S., Dean, B., Ross, J., Porter, R. W., Kakarla, U. K., ... Theodore, N. (2014). Cervical spinal cord infarction after cervical spine decompressive surgery. World Neurosurgery, 81(5-6), 810-817. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wneu.2012.12.024

Cervical spinal cord infarction after cervical spine decompressive surgery. / Kalb, Samuel; Fakhran, Saeed; Dean, Bruce; Ross, Jeffrey; Porter, Randall W.; Kakarla, Udaya K.; Ruggieri, Paul; Theodore, Nicholas.

In: World Neurosurgery, Vol. 81, No. 5-6, 2014, p. 810-817.

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Kalb, S, Fakhran, S, Dean, B, Ross, J, Porter, RW, Kakarla, UK, Ruggieri, P & Theodore, N 2014, 'Cervical spinal cord infarction after cervical spine decompressive surgery', World Neurosurgery, vol. 81, no. 5-6, pp. 810-817. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wneu.2012.12.024
Kalb S, Fakhran S, Dean B, Ross J, Porter RW, Kakarla UK et al. Cervical spinal cord infarction after cervical spine decompressive surgery. World Neurosurgery. 2014;81(5-6):810-817. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wneu.2012.12.024
Kalb, Samuel ; Fakhran, Saeed ; Dean, Bruce ; Ross, Jeffrey ; Porter, Randall W. ; Kakarla, Udaya K. ; Ruggieri, Paul ; Theodore, Nicholas. / Cervical spinal cord infarction after cervical spine decompressive surgery. In: World Neurosurgery. 2014 ; Vol. 81, No. 5-6. pp. 810-817.
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