Monitoring LFCN damage during scoliosis surgery
© Behzadi Fard et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2015
Published: 19 January 2015
During scoliosis surgery damage to the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (LFCN) has been reported in 20% of patients. The purpose of this study was to characterize intraoperative pressures at the patient cushion interface and examine the LFCN somatosensory evoked potential (SSEP) to determine if there is any correlation to the incidence of LFCN injury.
Material and methods
Average and maximum pressures for the five cases
Pressure on the LFCN during scoliosis surgery caused numbness in 2/5 patients. Pressure mats were able to record changes during surgery. More data is required to determine if there is any correlation between elevated pressure and LFCN injury.
Written informed consent was obtained from the patient for the image(s) used in this study. A copy of the written consent is available for review by the Editor of this journal.
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