Surgical treatment of thoracic disc herniation: A reappraisal of Larson's lateral extracavitary approach

Roberto Delfini, Nicola Di Lorenzo, Pasquale Ciappetta, Roberto Bristot, Giampaolo Cantore

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Abstract

Twenty patients with thoracic disc herniations underwent removal of the transverse process, articular facet, pedicle, and rib-a procedure described by Larson as the lateral extracavitary approach. Eleven patients presented with myelopathy: five mild, nine moderate, and four severe. Fifteen patients showed significant neurologic improvement after the operation and five patients none. Postoperative follow-up ranged from 1 to 8 years. The pros and cons of each of the surgical approaches to this type of lesion are considered with reference to the published data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-523
Number of pages7
JournalSurgical Neurology
Volume45
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1996

Keywords

  • Disc herniations
  • lateral approach
  • spinal cord compression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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