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ObjectThe authors report on a series of 145 consecutive patients with different types of spine lesions surgically treated via an anterior approach (AA) at the thoracic and lumbar levels during the past 10 years. Indications, techniques, and surgical results are described.MethodsThis series included 92 patients with fractures, 30 with neoplasms, 13 with thoracic disc hernias, and 10 with spinal infections. Based on the lesion to be addressed, the AA was used for lesion excision, corpectomy, vertebral body reconstruction with cages, realignment, and/or plating or screwing. The approach was extracavitary in 55 patients and intracavitary in 90. In 126 patients (86.8%), neural decompression and spine stabilization were achieved via a stand-alone AA (SA-AA), whereas 19 patients (13.1%) were treated using a 2-stage anteroposterior approach. This circumferential approach was reserved for select cases of severe …
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Publication date: 
1 Nov 2008

Giuseppe D'Aliberti, Giuseppe Talamonti, Fabio Villa, Alberto Debernardi, Cosimo Vincenzo Sansalone, Andrea LaMaida, Massimo Torre, Massimo Collice

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Volume: 9 Issue: 5 Pages: 466-482
Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine