Pseudoarthrosis Following Anterior Cervical Surgery: Diagnosis, Treatment Options, and Results

Michael P. Stauff, Mark A. Knaub

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Anterior cervical fusions are performed to treat various clinical entities of the cervical spine. Many patient and surgical factors likely determine whether a solid fusion develops in an individual patient. The incidence of pseudoarthrosis varies between 0 and 50% following anterior cervical fusion. Approximately 60% of patients with failure of fusion complain of symptoms including neck and/or arm pain, parasthesias, or symptoms of myelopathy. Symptomatic pseudoarthrosis can be successfully treated with anterior, posterior, and combined anterior/posterior procedures depending on the specific situation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-244
Number of pages10
JournalSeminars in Spine Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2006


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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