Fracture of a sublaminar stainless steel cable in the upper cervical spine with neurological injury. Case report

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Abstract

Sublaminar cables have been used to stabilize bone grafts for arthrodesis in the cervical spine in recent years. Previous accounts of their use have indicated no instances of breakage or neurological injury. This report is of a delayed cable fracture that resulted in penetration of the dura with neurological injury in a patient who had undergone atlantoaxial fusion for rheumatoid subluxation. The cable fracture occurred in the epidural space beneath the attempted arthrodesis and resulted in uncoiling of the cable, which penetrated the spinal canal and caused a one-sided sensory deficit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)932-933
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery
Volume81
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

Keywords

  • arthrodesis
  • complication
  • double-wire cable
  • spinal fusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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