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How beneficial is surgery for cervical radiculopathy and myelopathy?

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 13 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3108

Radiculopathy or Peripheral Entrapment Neuropathy

Before an operation for the diagnosis of Cervical Radiculopathy is
planned, the presence of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and or Ulnar, Median and
Radial compression neuropathies should be ruled out. If weakness of the
fifth finger is found, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and or Ulnar entrapment
neuropathy at the elbow or wrist should be strongly considered. The
symptoms could be partially or totally explained by peripheral
neuropathies. If the symptoms are bilateral and corresponding to
involvement of Cervical Roots C8 ot T1, cervical radiculopathy may not be
the proper diagnosis.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

16 July 2010
Carlos A Selmonosky