Turkish Neurosurgery 2016 , Vol 26 , Num 1
Clinical Results of Median Corpectomy in Cervical Spondylotic Patients with Myelopathy
Ismail ISTEMEN1, Selcuk OZDOGAN2, Ali Haluk DUZKALIR3, Salim SENTURK4, Timur YILDIRIM5, Mehmet Ozerk OKUTAN6
1Gney Adana Hospital, Adana, Turkey
2Yeditepe University, School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, Istanbul, Turkey
3Zonguldak Ataturk State Hospital, Zonguldak, Turkey
4Hitit University, Corum Education and Research Hospital, Corum, Turkey
5Ordu University, School of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery, Ordu, Turkey
6Medicana Hospital, Konya,Turkey
DOI : 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.10354-14.1 AIM: To determine the factors in choosing the right surgical technique for patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy.

MATERIAL and METHODS: 60 patients were operated with anterior median corpectomy and anterior fusion for cervical myelopathy in Ankara Atatrk Education and Research Hospital between the years 2006-2011. All data were obtained from patient files retrospectively. Patients were evaluated in the preoperative and early postoperative stages and 45 days after discharge by referring to their neurological examinations, Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) and Nurick scores and radiological findings.

RESULTS: The average age of the patients was 53.8 9.9 years (38-78) and 45 were male (75%) and 15 were female (25%). Diabetics made up 16.7% (n=10) of the group and nondiabetics 83.3% (n=50). Of the nondiabetic patients, the Nurick score on the first month after surgery was statistically lower than the preoperative and after 24 hours Nurick score (p<0.001). In the patients in the group that had 1 or 2 myelopathic findings, the Nurick score on the first month after surgery was statistically lower than the preoperative and after 24 hours Nurick score (p<0.001). The JOA score one month after surgery was statistically lower in patients with myelomalacia than in patients without myelomalacia (p=0.002).

CONCLUSION: Median corpectomy and anterior fusion technique had better scores in patients that had few and early myelopathic symptoms, no myelomalacia on MRI, and no systemic disease. Keywords : Anterior cervical fusion, Cervical spondylosis, Median corpectomy, Myelopathy

Corresponding author : Seluk zdoan, drselcukozdogan@hotmail.com