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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 129-131

Bilateral C5 palsy after posterior cervical spine decompression surgery: A case report and literature review

Department of Pain Medicine, Anaesthesiology, Pain Management Centre, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore

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Dr. Yuen-Mei Chow
Department of Pain Medicine, Anaesthesiology, Pain Management Centre, 16 College Road, Block 6 Level 2, Singapore General Hospital, 169854
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/BJOA.BJOA_49_20

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C5 palsy is a well-known complication following cervical spine surgery. We describe a case of a 68-year-old male who underwent C3 to C6 posterior instrumentation and fusion with laminectomy and C7 hemilaminectomy for severe multilevel cervical stenosis. This is complicated by severe bilateral C5 palsy and neuropathic symptoms postoperatively, which improved with conservative management and acupuncture. This is the first described case of acupuncture being used in the treatment of C5 palsy. Further studies are needed to determine the efficacy of acupuncture in the management of neuropathic symptoms in patients with C5 palsy.

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