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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 59-67

Clinical predictors of complications and outcomes in degenerative cervical myeloradiculopathy

1 Division of Neurosurgery, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada
2 Division of Neurosurgery, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network; Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

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Dr. Michael G Fehlings
Division of Neurosurgery and Spinal Program, Toronto Western Hospital, 399 Bathurst Street, Suite 4W-449, Toronto, ON
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/isj.isj_60_18

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Degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) is the leading cause of adult spinal cord dysfunction worldwide, and surgical decompression remains the mainstay treatment to arrest the progression of neurological deterioration. A number of clinical factors can predict and influence the outcomes of surgery, including patient demographics, baseline myelopathy severity, duration of symptoms, imaging characteristics, and types of surgical approach. Understanding the influence and relationship of these factors on surgical outcomes allows the treating clinician the ability to provide the patient with realistic expectations when discussing surgical intervention for DCM.

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