Case Report: L5 Hemivertebra Resection and T12-S1 Fusion in A 14 Year-Old Female with A 36 Year Follow-Up
Winter, Robert B.; Burger, Evalina L.
Spine., POST ACCEPTANCE, 18 January 2012
Structured Abstract: Study Design. Case report.
Objective. To demonstrate a 36-year follow-up of a rare operation.
Summary of Background Data. There have been no reports of follow-up of pediatric hemivertebra excision and fusion into mid-adult life.
Methods. A chart and radiological review at 36 years following surgery.
Results. The patient is alive and well and leading a normal life. Her ODI (Oswestry Disability Index) is zero. Mild degenerative radiological signs are evident at the adjacent level above (T10-T12) and below (sacroiliac joints).
Conclusion. Earlier excision of the L5 hemivertebra would have been preferable, but the long term results are good.
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