Skip to main content

02.11.2018 | Review Article

Clinical outcomes of locking stand-alone cage versus anterior plate construct in two-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: a systematic review and meta-analysis

European Spine Journal
Victor M. Lu, Ralph J. Mobbs, Bernard Fang, Kevin Phan
Wichtige Hinweise

Electronic supplementary material

The online version of this article (https://​doi.​org/​10.​1007/​s00586-018-5811-x) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.



Two-level cervical degenerative disc disease (cDDD) can be effectively treated by anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) similarly to single-level cDDD. Traditionally an anterior plate construct (APC) approach has been utilized, but ACDF without plate with a locking stand-alone cage (LSC) approach has emerged as an alternative option. The aim of this study was to compare the clinical outcome of LSC and APC in contiguous two-level ACDF used to treat cDDD the current literature.


Searches of seven electronic databases from inception to March 2018 were conducted following preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses (PRISMA) guidelines. Extracted data were analysed using meta-analysis of proportions.


The nine observational studies that satisfied all criteria described a pooled cohort of 687 contiguous two-level cDDD cases managed by ACDF, with 302 (44%) and 385 (56%) managed by LSC and APC approaches, respectively. When compared with APC, LSC was associated with significantly increased subsidence likelihood (OR 2.75; p < 0.001), greater disc height (MD 0.60 mm; p = 0.04) and reduced cervical lordosis (MD − 2.52°; p = 0.04) at last follow-up. Operative outcomes, fusion rates, functional scores and postoperative dysphagia rates were comparable.


Although significant radiological differences were most evident, the comparability between LSC and APC in contiguous two-level ACDF with respect to all other clinical outcomes does not implicate one approach as clearly superior to the other in two-level ACDF. Larger, randomized studies with longer follow-up are required to delineate outcomes further to validate the findings of this study.

Graphical abstract

These slides can be retrieved under Electronic Supplementary Material.

Bitte loggen Sie sich ein, um Zugang zu diesem Inhalt zu erhalten

e.Med Interdisziplinär

Mit e.Med Interdisziplinär erhalten Sie Zugang zu allen CME-Fortbildungen und Fachzeitschriften auf Zusätzlich können Sie eine Zeitschrift Ihrer Wahl in gedruckter Form beziehen – ohne Aufpreis.

Weitere Produktempfehlungen anzeigen
Supplementary material 1 (PPTX 152 kb)
Supplementary material 2 (DOCX 141 kb)
Über diesen Artikel
  1. Das kostenlose Testabonnement läuft nach 14 Tagen automatisch und formlos aus. Dieses Abonnement kann nur einmal getestet werden.

Neu im Fachgebiet Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie

Mail Icon II Newsletter

Bestellen Sie unseren kostenlosen Newsletter Update Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie und bleiben Sie gut informiert – ganz bequem per eMail.