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Predictive risk factors for mechanical complications after multilevel posterior cervical instrumented fusion

 Sun-Joon Yoo  ;  Jeong-Yoon Park  ;  Dong-Kyu Chin  ;  Keun-Su Kim  ;  Yong-Eun Cho  ;  Kyung-Hyun Kim 
 JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGERY-SPINE, Vol.38(2) : 165-173, 2023-02 
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Adult ; Aged ; Aged, 80 and over ; Cervical Vertebrae / diagnostic imaging ; Cervical Vertebrae / surgery ; Female ; Humans ; Kyphosis* / surgery ; Laminectomy / adverse effects ; Lordosis* / diagnostic imaging ; Lordosis* / surgery ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Postoperative Complications / diagnostic imaging ; Postoperative Complications / epidemiology ; Postoperative Complications / etiology ; Retrospective Studies ; Risk Factors ; Spinal Fusion* / adverse effects ; Spinal Fusion* / methods ; Treatment Outcome
bone mineral density ; distal junctional kyphosis ; mechanical complication ; posterior cervical fusion surgery ; proximal junctional kyphosis ; sagittal alignment
Objective: Mechanical complications should be considered following the correction of multilevel posterior cervical instrumented fusion. This study aimed to investigate clinical data on the patients' pre- and postoperative cervical alignment in terms of the incidence of mechanical complications after multilevel posterior cervical instrumented fusion.

Methods: Between January 2008 and December 2018, 156 consecutive patients who underwent posterior cervical laminectomy and instrumented fusion surgery of 4 or more levels and were followed up for more than 2 years were included in this study. Age, sex, bone mineral density (BMD), BMI, mechanical complications, and pre- and postoperative radiographic factors were analyzed using multivariate logistic regression analysis to investigate the factors related to mechanical complications.

Results: Of the 156 patients, 114 were men and 42 were women; the mean age was 60.38 years (range 25-83 years), and the mean follow-up duration of follow-up was 37.56 months (range 24-128 months). Thirty-seven patients (23.7%) experienced mechanical complications, and 6 of them underwent revision surgery. The significant risk factors for mechanical complications were low BMD T-score (-1.36 vs -0.58, p = 0.001), a large number of fused vertebrae (5.08 vs 4.54, p = 0.003), a large preoperative C2-7 sagittal vertical axis (SVA; 32.28 vs 23.24 mm, p = 0.002), and low preoperative C2-7 lordosis (1.85° vs 8.83°, p = 0.001). The clinical outcomes demonstrated overall improvement in both groups; however, the neck visual analog scale, Neck Disability Index, and Japanese Orthopaedic Association scores after surgery were significantly worse in the mechanical complication group compared with the group without mechanical complications.

Conclusions: Low BMD, a large number of fused vertebrae, a large preoperative C2-7 SVA, and low C2-7 lordosis were significant risk factors for mechanical complications after posterior cervical fusion surgery. The results of this study could be valuable for preoperative counseling, medical treatment, or surgical planning when multilevel posterior cervical instrumented fusion surgery is performed.
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Kim, Kyung Hyun(김경현)
Kim, Keun Su(김근수) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3384-5638
Park, Jeong Yoon(박정윤) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3728-7784
Yoo, Sun-Joon(유선준)
Cho, Yong Eun(조용은) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9815-2720
Chin, Dong Kyu(진동규) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9835-9294
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