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2022 Nov 27

Spine Surg Relat Res



Prognostic Factors for the Postoperative Improvement of Spinal Cord-Related Neuropathic Pain in Patients with Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy.


Nakajima H, Watanabe S, Honjoh K, Kubota A, Matsuo H, Naruse H, Matsumine A
Spine Surg Relat Res. 2022 Nov 27; 6(6):610-616.
PMID: 36561169.


The number of patients with degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) requiring surgical treatment has markedly increased in today's aging society. Such patients often exhibit impaired activities of daily living because of motor dysfunction as well as neuropathic pain (NeP). Although many studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of surgical treatment for DCM, residual postoperative NeP has not been well described. Therefore, this study aimed to identify the predictors of postoperative NeP improvement in patients with DCM.