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Table 2 shows the post operative surgical complications of the lateral mass fixation

From: Decompressive cervical laminectomy and lateral mass screw-rod arthrodesis. Surgical analysis and outcome

Complications: (number = 110 cases, 785 screws) number %
Vertebral artery injury 0 0
Root Injury secondary to screws 0 0
Dural tears 6 5.6
CSF leak 1 0.9
Superficial infection 6 5.6
Deep infection 0 0
Screw pullout or breakage(of 505 screws) 0 0
C5 root pain 15 13.6
Malposition that requires revision 1 0.9
DVT 4 6.7
Pulmonary embolism 1 0.9
Adjacent segment requiring surgery 0 0
Hematoma requiring evacuation 0 0
Deaths 1 0.9
  1. The most common problem encountered was C5 radicular pain and incidental durotomy.