Vertebral artery injury during cervical spine surgery: a survey of more than 5600 operations.

@article{Neo2008VertebralAI,
  title={Vertebral artery injury during cervical spine surgery: a survey of more than 5600 operations.},
  author={M. Neo and Shunsuke Fujibayashi and Masahiko Miyata and Mitsuru Takemoto and T Nakamura},
  journal={Spine},
  year={2008},
  volume={33 7},
  pages={779-85}
}
STUDY DESIGN Retrospective survey. OBJECTIVE To clarify the present incidence and management of iatrogenic vertebral artery injury (VAI) during cervical spine surgery. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA VAI is a rare complication of cervical spine surgery, but it may be catastrophic. Anterior cervical decompression (ACD) and posterior atlantoaxial transarticular screw fixation (Magerl fixation) have been the main causes, with reported incidences of 0.3% to 0.5% and 0% to 8.2%, respectively. Popular… CONTINUE READING