The anterior cervical approach to the cervicothoracic junction.

  title={The anterior cervical approach to the cervicothoracic junction.},
  author={M Gieger and Patricia A. Roth and Julian K. Wu},
  volume={37 4},
  pages={704-9; discussion 709-10}
To reach the upper thoracic vertebrae, a number of extensive approaches have been proposed combining thoracotomy, sternotomy, or clavicle resection with anterior dissection into the superior mediastinum. We present a simple anterior cervical approach for patients with disease limited to one vertebral level, in which midline ventral decompression is the goal of surgery. Regardless of the anterior approach used, the caudal extent of exposure is limited to T3 by the great vessels of the… CONTINUE READING


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