Neurological Complications and Recovery Rates of Patients With Adult Cervical Deformity Surgeries

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Study Design: Retrospective cohort study. Objective: This study aims to report the incidence, risk factors, and recovery rate of neurological complications (NC) in patients with adult cervical deformity (ACD) who underwent corrective surgery. Methods: ACD patients undergoing surgery from 2013 to 2015 were enrolled in a prospective, multicenter database. Patients were separated into 2 groups according to the presence of neurological complications (NC vs no-NC groups). The types, timing, recovery patterns, and interventions for NC were recorded. Patients’ demographics, surgical details, radiographic parameters, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) scores were compared. Results: 106 patients were prospectively included. Average age was 60.8 years with a mean of 18.2 months follow-up. The overall incidence of NC was 18.9%; of these, 68.1% were major complications. Nerve root motor deficit was the most common complication, followed by radiculopathy, sensory deficit, and spinal cord injury. The proportion of complications occurring within 30 days of surgery was 54.5%. The recovery rate from neurological complication was high (90.9%), with most of the recoveries occurring within 6 months and continuing even after 12 months. Only 2 patients (1.9%) had continuous neurological complication. No demographic or preoperative radiographic risk factors could be identified, and anterior corpectomy and posterior foraminotomy were found to be performed less in the NC group. The final HRQOL outcome was not significantly different between the 2 groups. Conclusions: Our data is valuable to surgeons and patients to better understand the neurological complications before performing or undergoing complex cervical deformity surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1091-1097
Number of pages7
JournalGlobal Spine Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 2022


  • cervical
  • deformity
  • fusion
  • lordosis
  • neurological complication
  • neurology
  • sagittal alignment
  • scoliosis


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