Kyphotic Malalignment After Anterior Cervical Fusion Is One Of The Factors Promoting The Degenerative Process In Adjacent Intervertebral Levels

Published March 20, 2016

Here is a study you can discuss with your patients as well as surgeons who perform cervical spinal fusions. I have made many posts on Professionally Integrated about how a kyphotic cervical alignment leads to increased disc degeneration. Here is a study where the authors looked at different spinal configurations after spinal fusion. The authors found that a kyphotic alignment increased disc degeneration. Here is what they found. "The alignment of the whole spine at final follow-up was lordotic in 27 cases, straight in 3 cases, kyphotic in 8 cases and sigmoid in 4 cases. While physiologic cervical . . .

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