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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 1991;20(8): 693-698.
Sternum-Splitting Approach for Anterior Space-Taking Lesions in the Upper Thoracic Lesion.
Young Jun Cho, Jang Hoe Hwang, Myung Soo Ahn
Departments of Neurosurgery, Hallym University, Chunchon, Korea.
Recently we performed a modified sternum-splitting approach in surgery for anterior space-taking lesion in the upper thoracic region. In contrast to the original trans-sternal approach introduced by Cauchoix, we cut only the manubrium and split it using vertebral spreader. After reaching the anterior surface of the cervico-Thoracic vertebrae, the central portion of the vertebral body was removed with air-drill under an operating microscope. The longitudinal bone defect of the vertebral bodies was filled with a bone graft obtained from the iliac bone. Removal of the space-taking lesions in the cervico-thoracic junction and upper thoracic region can be performed safely by utilizing the modified sternum-splitting approach. This approach can be applied also to endarterectomies at the origins of the vertebral arteries and the subclavian artery.
Key Words: Cervico-thoracic junction; Operative technique; Microsurgery
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