Neurodegenerative effect of electrocauterization on spinal nerve root: an experimental study

Int J Neurosci. 2003 Nov;113(11):1527-35. doi: 10.1080/00207450390240013.


We investigated the number of degenerated neurons in spinal roots of rabbits after spinal surgery to test if electrocauterization causes neuronal loss. The number of degenerated neurons was higher in study group than in control group, and the number of live neurons was higher in control group than in study group. These results suggest that electrocauterization applied during spinal surgery is hazardous to spinal neurons and should not be applied unless required.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Electrocoagulation / adverse effects*
  • Male
  • Nerve Degeneration / etiology
  • Nerve Degeneration / pathology*
  • Rabbits
  • Spinal Nerve Roots / pathology*
  • Spinal Nerve Roots / surgery*