View Full Version : Camptocormia

03-23-2014, 04:51 PM

I've actually been waiting a long time for someone to post on this subject, and am a little surprised that no one has had this diagnosed. Camptocormia (or Bent Spine Syndrome) is characterized, at least in our patients, by a sudden onset of curve progression, almost always in older adults, with no spinal fracture as the cause. These patients are usually decompensated and have curves in both coronal and sagittal planes. We have probably 12-15 patients with this, but it appears to be pretty rare. These cases are almost always surgical, and our surgeons take muscle biopsies at the time of surgery. The paraspinal muscles in these patients are usually heavily infiltrated with fat, confirmed by both biopsy and preop MRI.

Has anyone ever gotten this diagnosis?


03-23-2014, 05:04 PM
Is this what is going on with all the collapse cases Dr. Hey posts?

03-23-2014, 08:05 PM
I did a search on the blog for collapse, and didn't see any xrays that look typical to me.