Anesthetic considerations in the treatment of cervical myelopathy

K. Anthony Kim, Michael Y. Wang

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Abstract

Background context: The safe surgical treatment of patients with severe cervical spondylotic myelopathy involves a team approach incorporating special anesthetic considerations. This patient population is more vulnerable to perioperative complications. Advanced age, prolonged periods of immobility, multiple medical co-morbidities, and the risk of worsening neurologic injury mandate that the anesthesiologist pay special attention in the preoperative, induction, surgical, and recovery phases. Purpose: To review the literature regarding the anesthetic management of patients undergoing surgery for cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Conclusion: A basic understanding of the pathophysiology of cervical myelopathy as well as the nuances of the surgical treatment plan can help to ensure safe and effective patient management.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSpine Journal
Volume6
Issue number6 SUPPL.
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Spinal Cord Diseases
Anesthetics
Nervous System Trauma
Therapeutics
Morbidity
Population

Keywords

  • Anesthetic
  • Cervical
  • Myelopathy
  • Spondylotic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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Anesthetic considerations in the treatment of cervical myelopathy. / Kim, K. Anthony; Wang, Michael Y.

In: Spine Journal, Vol. 6, No. 6 SUPPL., 01.11.2006.

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Kim, K. Anthony ; Wang, Michael Y. / Anesthetic considerations in the treatment of cervical myelopathy. In: Spine Journal. 2006 ; Vol. 6, No. 6 SUPPL.
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