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Indications for Emergency Surgical Treatment

  • Max JägersbergEmail author
  • Enrico Tessitore
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Abstract

Indications to emergency surgical treatment in degenerative spinal conditions are limited to those conditions where a delay in surgical management may lead to potentially catastrophic and irreversible sequelae. Indeed, those conditions are rarely encountered during clinical practice. The most typical scenarios in the thoraco-lumbar region are cauda equina syndrome (CES) and progressive radicular motor deficit (PRMD), both primarily caused by degenerative lumbar pathology. Early surgical treatment may influence the partial or full recovery and the long-term outcome of concerned patients.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Neurosurgery, University Medical Center MainzMainzGermany
  2. 2.Department of Neurosurgery, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

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