CRP and leukocyte-count after lumbar spine surgery: fusion vs. nucleotomy

@inproceedings{Kraft2011CRPAL,
  title={CRP and leukocyte-count after lumbar spine surgery: fusion vs. nucleotomy},
  author={Clayton N. Kraft and Tobias Kr{\"u}ger and J{\"o}rn Westhoff and Christian M Luering and Oliver Weber and Dieter Christian Wirtz and Peter Heinrich Pennekamp},
  booktitle={Acta orthopaedica},
  year={2011}
}
BACKGROUND Despite the fact that C-reactive protein (CRP) levels and white blood cell (WBC) count are routine blood chemistry parameters for the early assessment of wound infection after surgical procedures, little is known about the natural history of their serum values after major and minimally invasive spinal procedures. METHODS Pre- and postoperative CRP serum levels and WBC count in 347 patients were retrospectively assessed after complication-free, single-level open posterior lumbar… CONTINUE READING
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