In the Journals

Metabolite, functional profile of patients with CSM may be used to discriminate mild, moderate disease

June 30, 2017
Results from this recently published study indicated the N-acetylaspartate to creatine ratio and the volume of activation in the primary motor cortex…

In the Journals

Similar clinical outcomes seen with hybrid-CDA, ACDF for patients with congenital cervical stenosis

June 22, 2017
Investigators of this study found in patients with myelopathy due to congenital cervical stenosis, hybrid-cervical disc arthroplasty had similar…

NASS opens 30-day comment period for new coverage recommendations

April 21, 2017
The North American Spine Society has opened a 30-day public comment period for the recently developed draft coverage recommendations on allograft and…

In the Journals

Study cites factors predictive of surgical approach for cervical spondylotic myelopathy

April 20, 2017
Investigators of this study of national data found non-white race and non-private insurance were predictive factors for posterior-only cervical…

Review highlights imaging modalities for degenerative diseases, infections of the spine

December 19, 2016
Although professional organizations agree patients with uncomplicated low back pain or radiculopathy without a red flag do not require imaging…

Meeting News

Smoking status linked with poorer outcomes following cervical myelopathy

November 7, 2016
According to a presenter at the North American Spine Society Annual Meeting, poor improvement in the Nurick score following surgery for treatment of…


VIDEO: Assaker performs atlantoaxial fusion assisted by 3-D fluoroscopy-based navigation

October 26, 2016
  In this video from Open Operating Theatre, Prof. Richard Assaker, MD, of University Hospital Lille, France, operates on a 42-year-old man who…

In the JournalsFrom OT Europe

Laminoplasty may be beneficial for elderly patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy

August 8, 2016
Results from this study showed elderly patients who underwent laminoplasty for cervical spondylotic myelopathy had recovery levels similar to those…

In the Journals

Biomarker may be used to predict neurological impairment in patients with CSM

July 27, 2016
Results from this study indicated diffusion spectrum basis imaging-quantified axonal loss could serve as an imaging biomarker for the prediction of…


VIDEO: Combined front/back procedure usually not needed in CSM

July 27, 2016
In this video from Open Operating Theatre, Ibrahim Obeid, MD, of Bordeaux University Hospital, France, manages cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM)…


VIDEO: Charles discusses standard treatment for spondylotic myelopathy

July 13, 2016
In this video from Open Operating Theatre, Yann Philippe Charles, MD, of University Hospital Strasbourg, France, performs a French door laminoplasty…

Spine Coding

Test your spine coding knowledge

Spine Surgery Today, May/June 2016
In this issue’s Spine Coding Source column, Teri Romano, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP, and Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP, have provided a quiz to…

In the Journals

Study indicates patients with hip fractures have high incidence of undiagnosed cervical myelopathy

April 21, 2016
Results from this case-control study showed an 18% incidence of neurologic dysfunction, which the authors noted was most likely cervical myelopathy…

Meeting News Coverage

Patients’ insurance type, gender, race cited as predictors of surgical approach for CSM

April 7, 2016
LAS VEGAS — A study presented here that was designed to identify whether any factors affected the use of an anterior approach for cervical…

In the Journals

Age, cervical sagittal imbalance cited as risk factors for kyphotic deformity after laminoplasty

March 16, 2016
Recently published data indicated advanced age and cervical sagittal imbalance were preoperative risk factors for kyphotic deformity after…

Meeting News Coverage

Diabetes, ASA class cited among factors of readmission for CSM patients

March 2, 2016
ORLANDO, Fla. — Several factors, such as diabetes and American Society of Anesthesiologists class, were linked with increased risks for longer…

In the Journals

Age, operative time and two-stage surgery linked with increased perioperative complications

February 17, 2016
Researchers of this literature review found older patients, patients who undergo a longer operation and those who have a two-stage surgery to treat…

In the Journals

Age cited among predictors of function after surgery for cervical spondylotic myelopathy

January 11, 2016
An analysis of data from two, prospective, multicenter cohort studies linked younger patient age, non-smoking status, lower comorbidity scores, mild…

In the Journals

Mechanism for worsening of spinal sagittal alignment with age differs between sexes

December 28, 2015
Compared with women, elderly men had significantly worse sagittal parameters of the cervical spine and had a greater prevalence of cervical…

In the Journals

3-D likely better than traditional imaging for noting ossification of the PLL

December 23, 2015
The 3-D technique of measuring ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament has several advantages over traditional radiography in terms of…