The utility of radionucleotide imaging in the surgical management of axial neck pain from cervical facet joint arthropathy.

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Summary of "The utility of radionucleotide imaging in the surgical management of axial neck pain from cervical facet joint arthropathy."

Axial neck pain is common and often debilitating. Diagnosis of the specific pain source can be a challenge, and this confounds effective treatment. Cervical facet arthropathy is implicated in many of these cases. The diagnosis is readily made on conventional cross-sectional imaging modalities, particularly CT imaging. However, this modality falls short in determining if an osteoarthritic facet joint is truly the source of symptoms. Radionucleotide imaging presents a noninvasive radiological adjunct to conventional cross-sectional imaging in the workup of patients with suspected facetogenic pain. Herein, the authors present the patient-reported outcomes (PROs) following posterior instrumented arthrodesis of the subaxial cervical spine from a consecutive case series of patients with a diagnosis of cervical facet joint arthropathy and a concordant positive radionucleotide tracer uptake.


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Name: Journal of neurosurgery. Spine
ISSN: 1547-5646
Pages: 1-6


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