Anterior approach to the subaxial cervical spine in children: a brief review

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  • Department of Neurosurgery, Temple University School of Medicine; and Rothman Institute, Department of Orthopedics, Thomas Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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✓ Although it was originally developed to address degenerative problems, including disc herniations and cervical spondylotic myelopathy in the adult population, the anterior approach to the subaxial spine has proven to be useful for select indications in the pediatric population. The authors review indications for surgery, bone grafting, and instrumentation as they pertain to children.

Abbreviations used in this paper:

ACDF = anterior cervical discectomy and fusion; AP = anteroposterior; BMP = bone morphogenetic protein; CT = computerized tomography; PEEK = polyetheretherketone; VB = vertebral body.

✓ Although it was originally developed to address degenerative problems, including disc herniations and cervical spondylotic myelopathy in the adult population, the anterior approach to the subaxial spine has proven to be useful for select indications in the pediatric population. The authors review indications for surgery, bone grafting, and instrumentation as they pertain to children.

Abbreviations used in this paper:

ACDF = anterior cervical discectomy and fusion; AP = anteroposterior; BMP = bone morphogenetic protein; CT = computerized tomography; PEEK = polyetheretherketone; VB = vertebral body.

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Address reprint requests to: Devanand A. Dominique, M.D., Department of Neurosurgery, Temple University Hospital, 5th Floor Parkinson Pavilion, 3401 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19140. email: ddominiq@temple.edu.

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