Cervical spine deformity associated with laminoplasty for resection of spinal cord tumors in children

Peter Kan, Meic H. Schmidt

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Abstract

Cervical deformity is a well-known complication of cervical laminectomy, especially for tumor resection in children. Despite the lack of evidence of its efficacy, cervical laminoplasty is often advocated in place of laminectomy in children to prevent such postoperative deformities. Our objective was to compare laminoplasty and laminectomy techniques in terms of postoperative spinal alignment and incidence of kyphotic deformity. The authors describe a case of a 28-year-old woman who developed a severe cervical kyphotic deformity after cervical laminoplasty for tumor resection performed 14 years earlier. The patient was treated with a posterior decompression and instrumentation, followed by multilevel anterior cervical discectomies and fusions. On the basis of our review of the literature, there appears to be no benefit to laminoplasty over laminectomy in terms of postoperative spinal alignment and incidence of kyphotic deformity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeuro-Oncology and Cancer Targeted Therapy
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages227-238
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781536113556
ISBN (Print)9781616687083
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

Keywords

  • Cervical deformities
  • Laminoplasty
  • Spinal cord tumors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Kan, P., & Schmidt, M. H. (2010). Cervical spine deformity associated with laminoplasty for resection of spinal cord tumors in children. In Neuro-Oncology and Cancer Targeted Therapy (pp. 227-238). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..