Bali Journal of Anesthesiology

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 129--131

Bilateral C5 palsy after posterior cervical spine decompression surgery: A case report and literature review


Yuen-Mei Chow 
 Department of Pain Medicine, Anaesthesiology, Pain Management Centre, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Yuen-Mei Chow
Department of Pain Medicine, Anaesthesiology, Pain Management Centre, 16 College Road, Block 6 Level 2, Singapore General Hospital, 169854
Singapore

C5 palsy is a well-known complication following cervical spine surgery. We describe a case of a 68-year-old male who underwent C3 to C6 posterior instrumentation and fusion with laminectomy and C7 hemilaminectomy for severe multilevel cervical stenosis. This is complicated by severe bilateral C5 palsy and neuropathic symptoms postoperatively, which improved with conservative management and acupuncture. This is the first described case of acupuncture being used in the treatment of C5 palsy. Further studies are needed to determine the efficacy of acupuncture in the management of neuropathic symptoms in patients with C5 palsy.


How to cite this article:
Chow YM. Bilateral C5 palsy after posterior cervical spine decompression surgery: A case report and literature review.Bali J Anaesthesiol 2020;4:129-131


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Chow YM. Bilateral C5 palsy after posterior cervical spine decompression surgery: A case report and literature review. Bali J Anaesthesiol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Mar 5 ];4:129-131
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