Transthoracic disc excision and fusion for herniated thoracic discs

Bradford L. Currier, Frank J. Eismont, Barth A. Green

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Transthoracic discectomy and fusion were performed on 19 patients for a central or central-lateral herniated thoracic disc. At initial visit, 14 patients had evidence of myelopathy, 5 had bowel or bladder dysfunction, and 13 had pain. Previous laminectomy in three patients compromised the result of later anterior decompression. Coexistent multiple sclerosis was diagnosed in two patients, who had an atypical postoperative course. The overall results of transthoracic discectomy and fusion in patients without prior laminectomy or coexistent multiple sclerosis were excellent in six, good in six, fair in one, and poor in one, demonstrating that it is a safe and effective procedure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-328
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 1994


  • decompression
  • herniated thoracic disc
  • laminectomy
  • myelopathy
  • transthoracic discectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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