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Decompressive cervical laminectomy and lateral mass screw-rod arthrodesis. Surgical analysis and outcome

Moh'd M Al Barbarawi1*, Ziad A Audat2, Moutasem M Obeidat2, Tareq M Qudsieh1, Waleed F Dabbas1, Mouness H Obaidat1 and Anas A Malkawi1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Neuroscience/ Division of Neurosurgery, Level 7A. King Abdullah University Hospital, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid-Amman Street. 3030, Irbid, Jordan

2 Department of Orthopeadic, Level 8A. King Abdullah University Hospital, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid-Amman Street, 3030, Irbid, Jordan

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Scoliosis 2011, 6:10  doi:10.1186/1748-7161-6-10

Published: 19 May 2011



This study evaluates the outcome and complications of decompressive cervical Laminectomy and lateral mass screw fixation in 110 cases treated for variable cervical spine pathologies that included; degenerative disease, trauma, neoplasms, metabolic-inflammatory disorders and congenital anomalies.


A retrospective review of total 785 lateral mass screws were placed in patients ages 16-68 years (40 females and 70 males). All cases were performed with a polyaxial screw-rod construct and screws were placed by using Anderson-Sekhon trajectory. Most patients had 12-14-mm length and 3.5 mm diameter screws placed for subaxial and 28-30 for C1 lateral mass. Screw location was assessed by post operative plain x-ray and computed tomography can (CT), besides that; the facet joint, nerve root foramen and foramen transversarium violation were also appraised.


No patients experienced neural or vascular injury as a result of screw position. Only one patient needed screw repositioning. Six patients experienced superficial wound infection. Fifteen patients had pain around the shoulder of C5 distribution that subsided over the time. No patients developed screw pullouts or symptomatic adjacent segment disease within the period of follow up.


decompressive cervical spine laminectomy and Lateral mass screw stabilization is a technique that can be used for a variety of cervical spine pathologies with safety and efficiency.

lateral mass; arthrodesis; cervical myelopathy; spinal fixation; decompressive laminectomy