Multiple subtotal somatectomy: Technique and evaluation of a series of 39 cases

Mario Boni, Paolo Cherubino, Vincenzo Denaro, Francesco Benazzo

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The authors describe a surgical procedure called multiple subtotal somatectomy. This operation is indicated when canal stenosis is caused by posterior protruslons of the anterlor wall of the spinal canal (due to osteophytes, posttraumatic deformities, or tumoral lesions) Involving three or more cervical segments. The procedure’s principal phases are (1) removal up to the posterior longitudinal ligament of the central portion of three or more vertebral bodies, and (2) Insertion into the prepared trench (15-mm wide) of an autologous graft, prevlously obtained from the Iliac wing. Thirty-nine cases are presented (29 spondylosic myelopathies, 10 posttraumatic myelopathles), with follow-up periods varying from 6 months to 13 years. All grafts united, and 36 patients were benefited, while only three failed to Improve.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-362
Number of pages5
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1984


  • Anterlor decompression
  • Arthrodesis
  • Cervical myelopathy
  • Cervical stenosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physiology

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