Potential intraoperative and postoperative complication rates following cervical spine fusion in a patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Potential intraoperative and postoperative complication rates following cervical spine fusion in a patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • • Postoperative mortality: 0% to 10%. Has been as high as 33% for patients with severe neurologic compromise.
  • • Wound infections and dehiscence.
  • • Nonunion rates: 0% to 50%. Average is 20%.
  • • Late subaxial subluxation below previous fusion as a result of transfer of increased stresses.

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