Fracture of fusion mass following anterior cervical plate removal: Case report

Jonathan N. Sellin, S. Shelby Burks, Allan D. Levi

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Abstract

We present the case of a delayed pseudoarthrosis resulting from a fracture at the site of a radiographically confirmed anterior cervical fusion following plate removal. In this case, an anterior cervical plate was removed to allow for further surgery at a supra-adjacent level. A modicum of literature exists describing delayed fractures following hardware removal in thoracolumbar fusion constructs. The development of a fracture/pseudoarthrosis following hardware removal at the site of a radiographically confirmed anterior cervical fusion has not been previously reported. We describe the clinical presentation and operative management in the case of this rare and unexpected complication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-131
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Volume47
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Delayed
  • Fracture
  • Plate removal
  • Pseudoarthrosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)

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