Rule Aims to Predict CSM Surgical Outcomes

Jennie McKee

Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM), a degenerative spine disease, is the most common cause of spinal cord dysfunction in patients older than 55 years. This disease presents with a wide range of symptoms including impaired gait, numb hands, and weakness. Surgical intervention has proven to be an effective treatment option for patients with mild-to-severe CSM. Determining which clinical variables can predict surgical outcomes can help manage patient expectations.

“Evidence—in the form of high-quality, prospective studies using validated outcome measures—is lacking” said Lindsay Tetreault, HBSc, coauthor of a study presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Cervical Spine Research Society.

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