Thoracic disk herniation. Experience of 9 cases

J. Roca Burniol, E. Cáceres Palou, M. T. Ubierna Garcés, P. Del Pozo Manrique

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A retrospective study was made of the clinical histories of 9 patients with thoracic disk herniation who were treated over an 11-year period (1985- 1996). In 5 patients the protrusion was located below T10. Spinal cord involvement was severe in 2 patients, moderate in 2 patients, and mild in 4 patients. A patient with severe spinal cord involvement refused surgery. The other 8 patients underwent surgery: 2 via costotransversectomy and 7 with an anterior transthoracic approach. A patient with severe spinal cord involvement showed neurological deterioration after costotransversectomy and did not improve with a second operation using an anterior approach. The other patients achieved excellent and good results, which were maintained in the review at 30 months. No peroperative or postoperative complications were recorded.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-358
JournalRevista de Ortopedia y Traumatologia
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1999


  • Intervertebral disk
  • Spinal column
  • Surgery
  • Thoracic disk herniation


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