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Kenji Yagi, Hiroshi Nakagawa, Toshiyuki Okazaki, Shinsuke Irie, Toru Inagaki, Osamu Saito, Shinji Nagahiro and Koji Saito


Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) procedures are performed to treat patients with cervical myelopathy or radiculopathy. Dysphagia is a post-ACDF complication. When it coincides with prevertebral space enlargement and inflammation, surgical site infection and pharyngoesophageal perforation must be considered. The association between dysphagia and prevertebral inflammation has not been reported. The authors investigated factors eliciting severe dysphagia and its relationship with prevertebral inflammation in patients who had undergone ACDF.


The clinical data of 299 patients who underwent 307 ACDF procedures for cervical radiculopathy or myelopathy at Kushiro Kojinkai Memorial Hospital and Kushiro Neurosurgical Hospital between December 2007 and August 2014 were reviewed.


After 7 ACDF procedures (2.3%), 7 patients suffered severe prolonged and/or delayed dysphagia and odynophagia that prevented ingestion. In all 7 patients the prevertebral space was enlarged. In 5 (1.6%) the symptom was thought to be associated with prevertebral soft-tissue edema; in all 5 an inflammatory response, hyperthermia, and an increase in the white blood cell count and in C-reactive protein level was observed. After 2 procedures (0.7%), we noted prevertebral hematoma without an inflammatory response. None of the patients who had undergone 307 ACDF procedures manifested pharyngoesophageal perforation or surgical site infection.


Severe dysphagia and odynophagia are post-ACDF complications. In most instances they are attributable to prevertebral soft-tissue edema accompanied by inflammatory responses such as fever and an increase in the white blood cell count and in C-reactive protein. In other cases these anomalies are elicited by hematoma not associated with inflammation.

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Kenji Shimada, Tadashi Yamaguchi, Takeshi Miyamoto, Shu Sogabe, Masaaki Korai, Toshiyuki Okazaki, Yasuhisa Kanematsu, Junichiro Satomi, Shinji Nagahiro and Yasushi Takagi


Although intravenous indocyanine green (ICG) videoangiography has been reported to be useful when applied to cerebral arteriovenous malformation (AVM) surgery, the ICG that remains after the procedure makes it difficult to understand the anatomy, to evaluate nidus blood flow changes, and to repeat ICG videoangiography within a short time. Intraarterial ICG videoangiography has emerged as a way to overcome these limitations. The current study presents the results of intraarterial ICG videoangiography undertaken in patients with cerebral AVMs.


Intraarterial ICG videoangiography was performed in 13 patients with cerebral AVMs. Routine intraoperative digital subtraction angiography at the authors’ institution is performed in a hybrid operating room during AVM surgery and includes the added step of injecting ICG to the contrast medium that is administered through a catheter.


Predissection studies were able to visualize the feeder in 12 of 13 cases. The nidus was visualized in 12 of 13 cases, while the drainer was visualized in all cases. After total dissection of the nidus, there was no ICG filling in the drainers found in any of the cases. Washout of the ICG took 4.4 ± 1.3 seconds in the feeders, 9.2 ± 3.5 seconds in the drainers, and 20.9 ± 3.4 seconds in all of the vessels. Nidus flow reduction was confirmed during dissection in 9 of 9 cases. Flow reduction was easy to recognize due to each span being very short. Color-encoded visualization and objective data obtained by Flow 800 analysis reinforced these findings.


The results showed that intraarterial ICG videoangiography was more useful than intravenous ICG videoangiography in cerebral AVM surgery. This was especially effective in the identification of the feeder, nidus, and drainer and in the assessment of the flow dynamics of the nidus. Use of Flow 800 made it simpler and easier to evaluate these findings.