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Intraoperative CT in Spine Surgery.
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PMID:  20960338     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: In spinal instrumentation the misplacement of screws, cages and rods may cause neurovascular complications. Therefore a large variety of methods have been used in recent years to reduce such complications especially by navigation techniques and intraoperative three-dimensional fluoroscopy. The aim of this study is to answer the question: will intraoperative CT improve the efficiency of the treatment as well as the safety for the patient at the spinal instrumentation? Specific questions were: are the implants placed correctly and has decompression been performed sufficiently?
METHODS: This is a prospective study in 100 patients mostly with degenerative diseases, tumours and trauma. 80 patients were treated by spinal instrumentation. A helical CT (Somatom Emotion 2003) was used, which is firmly bound to the OR table by a track system.
RESULTS: 569 implants were used: 159 vertebra body screws and plates, 88 cages, 154 pedicle screws, 73 facet joint screws and 95 rods. There was malpositioning in seven patients (8.75%). 18 of 154 pedicle screws were misplaced, 2 of 88 cages, and 4 of 73 facet joint screws, for a total of 24 (7.6%).
CONCLUSIONS: Intraoperative CT is a useful tool to check the correct position of the implants used, the extent of decompression and the realignment as early as possible. It therefore reduces second operations. A postoperative CT is no longer necessary.
Wolf-Ingo Steudel; Abdullah Nabhan; Kaveh Shariat
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta neurochirurgica. Supplement     Volume:  109     ISSN:  0065-1419     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Neurochir. Suppl.     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100962752     Medline TA:  Acta Neurochir Suppl     Country:  Austria    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  169-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurosurgery, Universität des Saarlandes, Kirrberger Straße, 66421, Homburg, Saar, Germany,
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