Rule Aims to Predict Surgical Outcomes for CSM Patients

Researchers identify key predictive factors, such as symptom duration and smoking status

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. A wide range of symptoms may be seen including impaired gait, numb hands, and weakness. Surgical intervention has proven to be an effective treatment option for patients with mild-to-severe CSM. It is important to determine which clinical variables can predict surgical outcomes to manage patient expectations.

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