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Degenerative disease of the thoracic spine 

Degenerative disease of the thoracic spine
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Degenerative disease of the thoracic spine
Author(s):

Jayme R. Hiratzka

, Robert A. Hart

, and Henry H. Bohlman

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199550647.003.003002
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date: 13 December 2019

Thoracic degenerative disease is an uncommon problem and is often misdiagnosed

Posterolateral approaches such as transpedicular or lateral extracavitary reduce morbidity associated with thoracotomy while avoiding the risk of neurologic injury associated with posterior laminectomy

Correct preoperative identification of level is crucial and requires specific imaging, such as full-length MRI or CT.

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