Edward Kachur and Salem El-Zuway
McMaster University, Canada
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Neurol Neurophysiol
Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy (CSM) is the most common cause of spinal cord dysfunction in adults. Changes in myelopathic signs following cervical decompression surgery and the relationship of the changes in myelopathic signs to functional outcome remains unclear. We prospectively followed 36 patients pre-operatively and one year postoperatively and examined changes in myelopathic signs and functional outcome and compared the relationship with each other. Functional outcome was measured with the modified Japanese Orthopaedic Association (mJOA) scale and five myelopathic signs were examined individually and collectively with our newly proposed myelopathic scale. The results and conclusions of these findings will be discussed, as well as an outline of our new myelopathic scale.