Clinical and Radiological Parameters Predict Functional Improvement following Surgical Intervention
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Theses; 2020
Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM), defined as "compression of the spinal cord in the cervical area of the spine", which ranges widely in severity and mechanism. The current research involving CSM involves studying surgical outcomes and determining the most reliable outcome measurements including radiological variables. The methods involved evaluating 50 patients on both clinical and radiologic variables operated on by the same surgeon from 2013-2018 retrospectively. A post operative ΔmJOA score was used to evaluate functional improvement. This study showed that the parameters of BMI, intermedullary lesion length (IML), and cervical kyphosis can be measured to assess improvement following surgical decompression. The predictive ability of these measures can be applied to better counsel patients and improve stratification in interventional studies.
Academic Major: Neuroscience