Dr. Sajesh K. Menon currently serves as Head and Professor at the Department of Neurosurgery, Amrita School of Medicine, Kochi.


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C. U. Onyia and Dr. Sajesh K. Menon, “Laminectomy Versus Laminoplasty in the Surgical Management of Long-Segment Intradural Spinal Tumors: Any Difference in Neurological Outcomes?”, Asian J Neurosurg, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 1128-1133, 2018.[Abstract]

Background: Previous comparative studies have shown that apart from lack of any significant difference in neurologic outcomes between laminoplasty and laminectomy following resection of intradural spinal tumours, spinal column issues such as postoperative deformities, malalignment, and adjacent level disease have also been clearly demonstrated to be quite similar for both techniques. However, there is no study yet that describes any difference in neurologic outcomes for long-segment intradural lesions as a rare subset of these lesions (in terms of number of spinal segments involved) following surgical management between these two techniques.

Materials and Methods: This is a retrospective review of surgical treatment with either laminectomy or laminoplasty done for patients with long-segment intradural tumors at a tertiary health-care institution in India.

Results: Out of over 167 patients surgically treated for intradural tumors during the study period, a total of 60 patients were included in the evaluation. The long-segment tumors were intramedullary in 22 (36.7%) patients and intradural-extramedullary in the remaining 38 (63.3%) patients. No patient in both cohorts had any revisional surgery after initial resection or any serious complications. The incidence of neurologic function remaining unchanged at the end of follow-up was similar between laminoplasty and laminectomy (12.5% vs. 11.1%). There was no significant correlation between the preoperative McCormick score and postoperative McCormick score ( > 0.05 at 95% degree of confidence; Spearman's rho = 0.028), suggesting that functional outcomes were not dependent on the initial neurologic status. Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that : the two independent variables (Extent of surgery and Choice of procedure) were not significant predictors of the dependent variable (Functional outcome following surgery) (odds ratio = 3.836; = 0.071).

Conclusion: This retrospective evaluation demonstrates laminoplasty not to be more or less likely to have any better functional outcome or need for revision compared to laminectomy in the resection of long-segment intradural lesions. A quality randomized controlled study on a much larger scale will be required to validate this finding.

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R. Sankaran, Shah, R., Dr. Sajesh K. Menon, and Pillai, A., “Congenital subaxial cervical subluxation presenting as a bilateral Erb’s palsy: surgical management, rehabilitation, and outcome”, Child's Nervous System, 2015.[Abstract]

Introduction: Subaxial spine injuries during infancy are uncommon. Case report: We present the case of an infant referred to our brachial plexus clinic with proximal weakness of both arms noted immediately following a complicated breech delivery. Nerve conduction studies were consistent with bilateral proximal upper plexus injury; however, radiological evaluation revealed a C4–C5 subluxation and MRI features of bilateral C5 root avulsions. He was immobilized in a cervical-body orthosis and underwent open reduction and posterior C4-C5-C6 fixation at 10 weeks age using luque rods, sublaminar wires, and rib graft. The spine was immobilized in a custom molded cervicothoracic brace for a total of 3 months, and a home exercise program prescribed. Follow-up radiographic evaluation showed good posterior bony fusion by 2 months but persistent bilateral proximal upper limb weakness with reduced compound motor action potential (CMAP) amplitudes of the axillary and musculocutaneous nerves. Bilateral supraclavicular exploration and C5 root neurotization using the ipsilateral C7 nerve roots were performed at 7 months of age. Voluntary biceps activity followed by voluntary external rotation with gravity eliminated was noted within the next 2–3 months. He progressed to develop near normal motor control of bilateral upper limbs within 1 year. Conclusions: We wish to report this rare entity and our favorable outcome using a strategy of early spinal stabilization and neurotization repair to restore function following proximal nerve root injury. © 2015 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg

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