Vascular complications in cervical spine surgery (anterior and posterior approach)

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This chapter explores the vascular complications associated with cervical spine surgery for both anterior and posterior approaches. Recognizing that cervical decompression and instrumentation are common procedures, it is important to understand the complications that can occur. Knowledge of the spine anatomy and potential anomalies allows for successful outcomes. Vertebral artery injury (VAI) is the most common vascular complication in both anterior and posterior approaches to the cervical spine. Although VAI can be life-threatening, early recognition and appropriate management more often than not will lead to acceptable outcomes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • DeCarvalho, SA; Abd-El-Barr, MM; Groff, MW

Published Date

  • January 1, 2018

Book Title

  • Complications in Neurosurgery

Start / End Page

  • 314 - 319

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780323510509

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/B978-0-323-50961-9.00053-0

Citation Source

  • Scopus