Endoscopic, endonasal decompression of spinal stenosis with myelopathy secondary to cranio-vertebral tuberculosis: Two cases

Puraviappan, P. and Tang, I.P. and Yong, D.J. and Prepageran, N. and Carrau, R.L. and Kassam, A.B. (2010) Endoscopic, endonasal decompression of spinal stenosis with myelopathy secondary to cranio-vertebral tuberculosis: Two cases. Journal of Laryngology and Otology, 124 (7). pp. 816-819.

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Abstract

Background: Tuberculosis can cause extensive osseo-ligamentous destruction at the cranio-vertebral junction, leading to atlanto-axial instability and compression of vital cervico-medullary centres. This may manifest as quadriparesis, bulbar dysfunction and respiratory insufficiency. Aim: We report two patients presenting with spinal stenosis and cord compression secondary to cranio-vertebral tuberculosis, who were successfully decompressed via an endoscopic, endonasal approach. Study design: Two case reports. Methods and results: Both patients were successfully decompressed via an endoscopic, endonasal approach which provided access to the cranio-vertebral junction and upper cervical spine. Conclusion: An endoscopic, endonasal approach is feasible for the surgical management of cranio-vertebral junction stenosis; such an approach minimises surgical trauma to critical structures, reducing post-operative morbidity and the duration of hospital stay.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Endoscopic; Endonasal Spinal Decompression; Spinal Stenosis; Craniovertebral; Tuberculosis
Subjects: R Medicine
Depositing User: Mr Faizal 2
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2015 02:42
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2015 02:42
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/13119

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