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Spinal surgery 

Spinal surgery
Spinal surgery

RD Johnson

, WA Liebenberg

, N Maartens

, G Barbagallo

, and M Balsano

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date: 18 June 2021

This chapter includes studies that address the role of decompressive surgery in the management of spine or nerve root compression and includes trials looking at the role of steroids in the management of spinal cord compression secondary to trauma and metastatic disease. Studies on the role of surgical decompression in the management of cord compression secondary to trauma and metastatic disease are discussed. Several studies have been included that address the role of surgery in lumbar disc prolapse, including the results of the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT) in the United States. Included here is a section on the timing of surgery for cauda equina syndrome.

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