Quantitative evaluation of the anatomical parameters for subaxial cervical spondylectomy: an anatomical study

Laboratory investigation

Serkan Şimşek M.D., Ph.D. 1 , Aysun Uz M.D. 2 , Uygur Er M.D. 3 , and Nihal Apaydın M.D. 2
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  • 1 Neurosurgery Clinic, Dışkapı Yıldırım Beyazıt Education and Research Hospital;
  • 2 Anatomy Department, Ankara University; and
  • 3 Neurosurgery Clinic, Koru Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
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Object

The object of this investigation was to conduct a morphometric study in cadavers to determine anatomical structures, their relationships, and their morphometry for subaxial cervical spondylectomy.

Methods

Forty sides of 20 cadavers were used for this study. Dissections were performed in 2 stages (anteriorly and posteriorly). Twenty-one morphometric measurements were performed for both sides of the C3–6 vertebrae. Data were analyzed statistically.

Results

Morphometry of the laminas, tuberculum posterius, pedicle, corpus, foramen transversarium, and processus costalis were measured.

Conclusions

Detailed quantitative anatomical knowledge for operations requiring wide dissection and resection, such as cervical spondylectomy, lowers the morbidity rate.

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Contributor Notes

Address correspondence to: Uygur Er, M.D., Söğütözü C., 4th Sk., No: 22/7, 06510, Ankara, Turkey. email: uygurer@gmail.com.

Please include this information when citing this paper: published online April 19, 2013; DOI: 10.3171/2013.3.SPINE12360.

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