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Left iliac artery injury during anterior lumbar spine surgery diagnosed by motor evoked potential monitoring


Nair, M.N., Ramakrishna, R., Slimp, J.C., Kinney, G.A., & Chesnut, R.M



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European Spine Journal, Suppl2:S203-205


Serious vascular injury is a rare, but potentially devastating complication during anterior lumbar spinal surgery. The authors describe the first reported case where vascular injury was detected by multimodality neurophysiological monitoring during an L3-S1 anterior lumbar interbody fusion. The case demonstrates the need for multi-modality monitoring and the combined use of somatosensory-evoked potentials and motor-evoked potentials.

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