Cervical Radiculopathy Focus on Characteristics and Differential Diagnosis

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Abstract

Cervical radiculopathy is characterized by neurological dysfunction caused by compression and infammation of the spinal nerves or nerve roots of the cervical spine. It mainly presents with neck and arm pain, sensory loss, motor dysfunction, and refex changes according to the dermatomal distribution. The most common causes of cervical radiculopathy are cervical disc herniation and cervical spondylosis. It is important to fnd the exact symptomatic segment and distinguish between conditions that may mimic certain cervical radicular compression syndromes through meticulous physical examinations and precise reading of radiographs. Non-surgical treatments are recommended as an initial management. Surgery is applicable to patients with intractable or persistent pain despite suffcient conservative management or with severe or progressive neurological defcits. Cervical radiculopathy is treated surgically by anterior and/or posterior approaches. The appropriate choice of surgical treatment should be individualized, considering the patient’s main pathophysiology, specifc clinical symptoms and radiographic fndings thoroughly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)921-930
Number of pages10
JournalAsian Spine Journal
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Characteristics
  • Differential diagnosis

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