Intraoperative injury to the spinal cord and nerve roots

Paul M. Arnold, Christopher C. Meredith, Joan K. McMahon

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Intraoperative injury to the spinal cord during spinal surgery, although rare, is a potentially devastating complication of spine surgery. Injury may occur at any stage of the procedure, from patient positioning to wound closure. The increased use of spinal instrumentation in the past decade, while offering patients significant benefit, has also increased the potential risk of intraoperative spinal cord injury. The exact incidence of spinal cord injury is unknown, and most injuries are transient. In this chapter, we will look at the pitfalls and potential ways of preventing iatrogenic spinal cord injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComplications of Pediatric and Adult Spinal Surgery
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780824753092
ISBN (Print)9780824754211
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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