CC BY 4.0 · Surg J 2018; 04(02): e78-e81
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1653979
Case Report
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Dyspnea in the Supine Position after Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

Hua Zhang
1  Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Zhejiang University, the Second Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China
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12 January 2018

09 April 2018

Publication Date:
23 May 2018 (online)



Posterior occipitocervicothoracic fusion in a flexed position may cause dyspnea, and the onset of obstructive sleep apnea after anterior upper cervical fusion. However, there are no reports of dyspnea occurring after anterior lower cervical fusion. Here, we present an unusual case of dyspnea in the supine position after a C5-C6 anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.