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Comparison of fusion with cage alone and plate instrumentation in two-level cervical degenerative disease

OBJECTIVE: This study assessed the efficacy of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) with cage alone compared with ACDF with plate instrumentation for radiologic and clinical outcomes in two-level cervical degenerative disease. METHODS: Patients with cervical degenerative disc disease from September 2004 to December 2009 were assessed retrospectively. A total of 42 patients received all ACDF at two-level cervical lesion. Twenty-two patients who underwent ACDF with cage alone were compared with 20 patients who underwent ACDF with plate fixation in consideration of radiologic and clinical outcomes. Clinical outcomes were assessed using Robinson’s criteria and posterior neck pain, arm pain described by a 10 point-visual analog scale. Fusion rate, subsidence, kyphotic angle, instrument failure and the degenerative changes in adjacent segments were examined during each follow-up examination. RESULTS: VAS was checked during each follow-up and Robinson’s criteria were compared in both groups. Both groups showed no significant difference. Fusion rates were 90.9% (20/22) in ACDF with the cage alone group, 95% (19/20) in ACDF with the plate fixation group (p = 0.966). Subsidence rates of ACDF with cage alone were 31.81% (7/22) and ACDF with plate fixation were 30% (6/20) (p = 0.928). Local and regional kyphotic angle difference showed no significant difference. At the final follow-up, adjacent level disease developed in 4.54% (1/22) of ACDF with cage alone and 10% (2/20) of ACDF with plate fixation (p = 0.654). CONCLUSION: In two-level ACDF, ACDF with cage alone would be comparable with ACDF with plate fixation with regard to clinical outcome and radiologic result with no significant difference. We suggest that the routine use of plate and screw in 2-level surgery may not be beneficial

Keywords : Arm,instrumentation,methods,Neck,Neck Pain,Neurosurgery,Pain,Patients,surgery,, Fusion,With,Cage,Alone, shoulder injection

Date of Publication : 2010 Oct

Authors : Joo YH;Lee JW;Kwon KY;Rhee JJ;Lee HK;

Organisation : Department of Neurosurgery, Cheongju St. Mary’s Hospital, Cheongju, Korea

Journal of Publication : J Korean Neurosurg Soc

Pubmed Link : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21113362

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