Assessing range of cervical rotation after laminoplasty using axial CT

Yoshihisa Sugimoto, Masato Tanaka, Kazuo Nakanishi, Haruo Misawa, Tomoyuki Takigawa, Hisanori Ikuma, Toshifumi Ozaki

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PURPOSE: Although many authors have reported on cervical range of motion after laminoplasty, they have focused on flexion and extension based on lateral radiographs, not on axial rotation. In this study, we assessed cervical rotation from C1 to T1 after laminoplasty using computed tomography. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eighteen consecutive patients with cervical myelopathy who had undergone laminoplasty were observed. Patient was placed in the supine position on the computed tomography scan table. After the scans in this neutral position were completed, the patient actively rotated his neck as far as possible taking care that the shoulders remained in the horizontal plane. We measured the C1 to T1, C1 to C2, and C2 to T1 rotation angles preoperatively, and at 2 weeks and 6 months after surgery. RESULTS: The average C1 to T1 rotation angles preoperatively were 46 degrees on the right and 45 degrees on the left. The percentage of C1 to C2 rotation during global cervical rotation (C1 to T1) was 62%. C1 to T1 rotation angle significantly decreased at two weeks after surgery but recovered to almost preoperative levels (11% decreases) by 6 months after surgery with no difference between right and left motion. The average C2 to T1 subaxial rotation angles did not significantly decreased after surgery. CONCLUSIONS: Rotation angle after laminoplasty decreased slightly at 2 weeks after surgery but recovered almost to preoperative levels by 6 months. Subaxial rotation (C2 to T1) angles did not significantly decreased after surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-189
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2007


  • Cervical rotation
  • Functional CT
  • Laminoplasty
  • ROM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology


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