Surgical Approach to the Cervicothoracic Junction: Can a Standard Smith-Robinson Approach be Utilized
Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques, 06/29/2012
Cho W et al. – The results suggest that if the lowest instrumented vertebra can be seen on a lateral radiograph and a line passing from the intended skin incision site to this level lies on top of the manubrium, a routine Smith–Robinson approach can be used to expose the level. To the authors' knowledge, this is the largest series outlining a simple guideline for approaching the anterior cervicothoracic junction.