Angiographic study of the effect of laminectomy in the presence of acute anterior epidural masses.

@article{Doppman1976AngiographicSO,
  title={Angiographic study of the effect of laminectomy in the presence of acute anterior epidural masses.},
  author={John L. Doppman and Mary E. Girton},
  journal={Journal of neurosurgery},
  year={1976},
  volume={45 2},
  pages={
          195-202
        }
}
Laminectomies were performed in 16 monkeys to decompress simulated acute epidural masses in front of the spinal cord. When decompression restored normal arterial and venous hemodynamics, the monkeys were neurologically intact in spite of considerable mechanical distortion of the cord. When either the anterior spinal artery or the posterior spinal vein remained obstructed following laminectomy, the monkeys were paraplegic. Acute anterior epidural masses larger than 4 mm in diameter could not be… CONTINUE READING
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