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JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGICAL SCIENCES
Rivista di Neurochirurgia
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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 1998 Settembre;42(3):125-30
Soft cervical disc herniation. An analysis of 187 cases
Bucciero A., Vizioli L., Cerillo A.
Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, University of Naples “Federico II”, Naples, Italy
Methods. During the period from January 1986 to December 1994, 187 consecutive patients (102 males and 85 females, between the ages of 24 and 63 years) with soft disc herniations of the cervical spine were operated on by anterior approach.
Results. One hundred and twenty-seven (67.9%) patients presented pure radicular syndrome, 17 (9.1%) with pure medullary syndrome, and 43 (23%) with myeloradiculopathy. Disc herniation was at the C3/4 level in 8 (4.3%) cases, at the C4/5 level in 17 (9.1%) cases, at the C5/6 level in 101(54%) cases, and at the C6/7 level in 87 (46.6%) cases. In 18 (30%) patients suffering from myelopathy (with or without radiculopathy) an area of high MR signal intensity was observed within the cervical cord on T2-weighted images; such area corresponded at the level of cord compression by the herniated disc and was not demonstrated on T1-weighted images. All patients underwent microdiscectomy without bone grafting. Complete or almost complete relief of preoperative symptomatology was observed in 95.6% of patients with radiculopathy and in 83.3% of those with myelopathy.