Palsies of the fifth cervical nerve root after cervical decompression: prevention using continuous intraoperative electromyography monitoring.

@article{Jimenez2005PalsiesOT,
  title={Palsies of the fifth cervical nerve root after cervical decompression: prevention using continuous intraoperative electromyography monitoring.},
  author={Juan Carlos Trejo Jimenez and Sepehr Sani and Berton Braverman and Harel Deutsch and John Kevin Ratliff},
  journal={Journal of neurosurgery. Spine},
  year={2005},
  volume={3 2},
  pages={92-7}
}
OBJECT A desire to prevent complications resulting from spinal surgery led to the development of intraoperative monitoring. Intraoperative electromyography (EMG) provides useful diagnostic information regarding nerve root function during spinal and peripheral nerve surgeries. The C-5 nerve root is considered particularly vulnerable to injury during cervical surgery. Despite advances in techniques, the incidence of postoperative C-5 palsy has not changed. METHODS The authors reviewed… CONTINUE READING
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