Ewha Med J.  2003 Mar;26(1):3-6. 10.12771/emj.2003.26.1.3.

Operative Findgins of Symptomatic Trivial Cervical Pathology after Rear-Car Collision Injury

  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, Ewha Womans University, Korea.
  • 2Department of Orthopedic Surgery, College of Medicine, Ewha Womans University, Korea.


Three cases operated on with anterior micorforaminotomy because of chronic symptoms after whiplash injury were analyzed. The indications for surgery were medically intractable, definite cervical radicular symptoms with trivial cervical pathology on preoperative usual radiological studies. On operative findings, the minor disc protrusion and thickening of posterior longitudinal ligament were the representative pathologies. At follow-up, all patients showed disappearance of pre-operative symptoms. Based on Robinson's criteria for the surgical results, all 3 patients had good results. We suggest the trivial cervical pathologies, proved by the target-oriented, anterior microforaminotomy, can be the origin of cervical radiculopathy after low-velocity, rear-car collision injury in our series.


Cervical disc; Radiculopathy; Whiplah injury; Microforaminotomy
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