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Anterior controllable antedisplacement and fusion as revision surgery for the treatment of OPLL after anterior and posterior decompression: A case report

  • Tianyu Jin
  • Wanru Duan
  • Zan Chen

Abstract

Background: In cases of cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL), when initial anterior or posterior decompression fails to yield satisfactory results, the alternative approach is often chosen for revision surgery. Nevertheless, there is a lack of reported information regarding the treatment and prognosis of patients with complex OPLL who have undergone both anterior and posterior decompression but experienced relapse.

Case presentation: A 79-year-old male patient presented with numbness, weakness, and muscle atrophy in the right upper extremity, along with weakness in the right lower extremity. Initial assessment on admission revealed a Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) score of 7. The patient previously underwent anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) 25 years ago for spinal stenosis, followed by posterior laminectomy as revision surgery. After experiencing recurrent symptoms following a fall one year ago, the patient underwent a second revision surgery using the anterior controllable antedisplacement and fusion (ACAF) technique which led to symptom improvement, and resulted in a postoperative JOA score of 14 at 3 months of follow-up.

Conclusions: Treatment of OPLL patients with symptom recurrence after traditional anterior and posterior decompression is challenging. ACAF offers a viable solution for managing this complex case.

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Jin, Tianyu, et al. “Anterior Controllable Antedisplacement and Fusion As Revision Surgery for the Treatment of OPLL After Anterior and Posterior Decompression: A Case Report”. Human Brain, vol. 2, no. 4, Dec. 2023, doi:10.37819/hb.4.1791.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.37819/hb.4.1791

Published: 2023-12-07

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