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spinemonitor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from October 25, 2007
Surgical Case Study
Part 1: Adult Onset Scoliosis

The patient is a 31-year-old male with back and right lower extremity pain. His pain started 6 months ago and is unrelated to trauma. He feels the pain is 20% back-related and 80% leg-related and involves the right buttock, lateral thigh and leg, and dorsum. 

The patient is alert and oriented, well nourished and well developed, and demonstrates a normal gait.  The C7 plumb line fell 2cm to the left.  There is a left TL prominence of 1.5cm.  There is no leg length discrepancy from the anterior superior iliac crest to the medial malleolus...Read More

Adult Onset Scoliosis

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Photo: Amir A Mehbod, MD Orthopaedic Surgeon Case Author:
Amir A Mehbod, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon Staff Surgeon,
Twin Cities Spine Center Clinical Instructor,
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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17th Annual Dr Tom Lowe Spine Symposium: The Surgical Management of Spinal Disorders
17th Annual Tom Lowe Symposium

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January 10-13, 2008
The Pines Lodge
Beaver Creek, Colorado USA

The 17th Annual Surgical Management of Spinal Disorders honors Thomas G Lowe, MD's commitment to the training and education of spine surgeons.

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This advanced course is for orthopaedic and neurological surgeons, fellows and residents who include spine surgery in their practices.

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Last Issue's Case:
Part 2: Reactive Scoliosis

In the last issue of spinemonitor, we introduced a case from Dr Amir A Mehbod with commentary from Lawrence G. Lenke, MD. To see the voting outcome, click here.

In this issue, we bring you another case for you to review. Be sure to vote for the condition you feel is best represented by the case and check back in the next issue!

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Technique Update
Minimally Invasive Lumbar Interbody Fusion: The Direct Lateral Transpsoas Approach
Reginald Q. Knight, MD by Reginald Q. Knight, MD
Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
Orthopedics International
Kirkland, WA

Recently, the direct lateral lumbar interbody fusion (DLIF) technique has gained increasing acceptance among spine surgeons. In this informative paper, Dr. Reginald Q. Knight provides insight into the rationale for performing the technique minimally invasively, the surgical steps involved, and the patient outcomes.... Read More

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Minimally Invasive Lumbar Interbody Fusion

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