Incidence of unintended durotomy in spine surgery based on 108,478 cases.

  title={Incidence of unintended durotomy in spine surgery based on 108,478 cases.},
  author={Brian Joseph Williams and Charles A. Sansur and Justin S. Smith and Sigurd H. Berven and Paul A Broadstone and Theodore J. Choma and Michael James Goytan and Hilali H Noordeen and Dennis Raymond Knapp and Robert A. Hart and Reinhard D Zeller and William Fielding Donaldson and D Polly and Joseph H. Perra and Oheneba B Boachie-Adjei and Christopher I. Shaffrey},
  volume={68 1},
  pages={117-23; discussion 123-4}
BACKGROUND Unintended durotomy is a common complication of spinal surgery. However, the incidences reported in the literature vary widely and are based primarily on relatively small case numbers from a single surgeon or institution. OBJECTIVE To provide spine surgeons with a reliable incidence of unintended durotomy in spinal surgery and to assess various factors that may influence the risk of durotomy. METHODS We assessed 108,478 surgical cases prospectively submitted by members of the… CONTINUE READING
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