Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy

  • R. Braakman
Part of the Advances and Technical Standards in Neurosurgery book series (NEUROSURGERY, volume 6)


Cervical spondylotic myelopathy is the most common disease of the spinal cord after the age of 40. There have been many publications advocating various types of surgical treatment, and their results, on the basis of relatively small and selected series of patients with spondylotic myelopathy. Opinions about the preferable approach vary. There is not as yet full knowledge regarding the pathomechanism of the disease and the factors governing its natural course. However, it is clear that mechanical factors play an important role. This means that most surgical therapies have a mechanical basis. These surgical approaches are on the whole not difficult technically; the main problem is the best choice for each individual patient.


Cervical Spine Vertebral Body Spinal Canal Interbody Fusion Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy 


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  • R. Braakman
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  1. 1.Neurosurgical DepartmentAcademic Hospital Dijkzigt, Erasmus UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands

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