Special Issue "Surgeries for Cervical Spine and Spinal Cord Trauma"

A special issue of Surgeries (ISSN 2673-4095).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2021).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Hiroyuki Katoh
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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Surgical Science, Tokai University School of Medicine, Kanagawa 259-1193, Japan
Interests: spine and spinal cord disease and trauma; orthopedic trauma; spinal cord injury
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Dear Colleagues,

The anatomy and mobility of the cervical spine make it structurally susceptible to trauma, and injury to the cervical spine can result in significant and long-term disability. When instability or spinal cord compression is diagnosed after trauma, surgery is often the treatment of choice to stabilize the cervical spine, facilitate early mobilization, and increase the chances of neurological recovery. Classification systems for both upper cervical and subaxial cervical spine injury have been proposed to guide the physician in the treatment of cervical spine injury, but surgical indication as well as surgical approach can still be ambiguous.
The demographics of cervical spine trauma and associated spinal cord injury is evolving as the world population ages. Compared to younger patients who sustain injury through high-energy trauma such as motor vehicle accidents and sports injuries, elderly patients tend to be injured through minor trauma such as ground level falls. Their injury is complicated by the pre-existing degenerative changes that are seen in the cervical spine of elderly people, which decrease the mobility of the cervical spine, narrow the spinal canal, and make the spine more susceptible to injury through mild trauma, even if the patient was asymptomatic before injury. Furthermore, older patients are often associated with comorbidities that increase their risk of perioperative complications.
This Special Issue is proposed to assemble studies dealing with all aspects of the surgical treatment of cervical spine injury with or without spinal cord injury. With the increasing frequency of older patients sustaining cervical spine trauma, one proposed focus is on the surgical treatment of elderly patients, but all studies are welcome.

Dr. Hiroyuki Katoh
Guest Editor

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  • cervical spine fractures and dislocations
  • spinal Cord Injury without Radiographic Abnormality (SCIWORA)
  • diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH)
  • ossification of posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL)
  • new techniques in cervical spine fusion surgery
  • classification of upper cervical and subaxial cervical spine injury

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Surgical Approach for Spinal Tumors: Our Experience in Combined Military Hospital Dhaka
Surgeries 2021, 2(3), 303-307; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/surgeries2030030 - 12 Aug 2021
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(1) Background: spinal tumors not only causes structural problem but also it affects body functionality, too. Surgery has a key role in management of patients with spinal tumor. The aim of this study is that to observe their clinical profile, functional outcomes and [...] Read more.
(1) Background: spinal tumors not only causes structural problem but also it affects body functionality, too. Surgery has a key role in management of patients with spinal tumor. The aim of this study is that to observe their clinical profile, functional outcomes and prognostic factors. (2) Methods: 20 retrospectively consecutive patients with spinal tumors operated over a period of 2 years were analyzed. (3) Results: nine (45%) were intradural and 11(55%) were extradural. Mean age at surgery was 45.05 years (range 20–80 years). The common clinical features were pain, limb weakness and autonomic involvement. Schwannoma was common in intradural extramedullary group whereas astrocytoma and ependymoma was common in intramedullary group. In this case, 16 (80%) patients had improvement following surgery and 4 (20%) remained the same, none had deterioration. Common complications were persistent pain (1 case) and autonomic involvement (1 case). (4) Conclusion: spinal tumors need early exploration and excision and usually patients recover well without any residual effect. Full article
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