Intraoperative spinal cord monitoring — clinical overview
Intraoperative spinal cord monitoring should provide reliable information to the surgeon at a critical scene during the operation and assist him or her to carry out aggressive surgery if necessary. The author, as an orthopedic surgeon who treats diseases of the spine and the spinal cord, describes the methodologies he is currently utilising and relying upon in the operating theatre. SEP (somatosensory cortical evoked potential) and “Wake up test” with neuroleptic analgesia will not be included in this chapter because of their imperfections to provide reliable information in the electrically hostile operating theatre and the shortcoming in providing continuous monitoring respectively.
KeywordsSpinal Cord Epidural Space Recording Electrode Injured Spinal Cord Motor Neurone
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