Managing the Complex Patient with Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy: How to Handle the Aging Spine, the Obese Patient, and Individuals with Medical Comorbidities

Geoffrey Stricsek, John Gillick, George Rymarczuk, James S. Harrop*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) is the most common cause of nontraumatic spinal cord injury worldwide. Even relatively mild impairment in functional scores can significantly impact daily activities. Surgery is an effective treatment for DCM, but outcomes are dependent on more than technique and preoperative neurologic deficits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-184
Number of pages8
JournalNeurosurgery clinics of North America
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Comorbidities
  • Degenerative cervical myelopathy
  • Functional outcome
  • Perioperative complication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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