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spinemonitor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from August 13, 2008

This edition of spinemonitor presents two different cases.  First, Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD presents cervical trauma resulting in immediate quadriplegia.  Marcel F. S. Dvorak, MD, FRCSC and Lali Sekhon, MD, PhD, FRACS, FICS provide the case discussion. 

Next, Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD and Jennifer Ferreira, PA-C, MPAS reveal how a middle-aged man with intractable chronic pain following spine surgery was treated.  Jason M. Highsmith, MD comments on this classic case of neuropathic leg pain.

Featured Case Study - I
Cervical Trauma Resulting in Quadriplegia
Photo: Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD Case Author:
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD
Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

The patient is a 28-year-old male, who, while intoxicated, fell 30-feet after climbing a tree to escape the police. Quadriplegia was immediate on falling. He presented at the emergency room within 20-minutes of falling....

His neurological examination revealed 5/5 bilateral deltoid, 5-/5 bilateral bicep, 4/5 wrist extension, 3/5 finger extension, and 0/5 distal with a...

Residual cervical disc herniation versus small epidural hematoma, with associated subluxation, stenosis, and...Read Complete Case, Vote for Treatment, and View Outcome

Cervical Trauma Resulting in Quadriplegia

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How Would You Treat this Patient?
Featured Case Study - II
Intractable Chronic Pain in Patient with Post-laminectomy Syndrome
Photo: Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD Case Author:
Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD
Director, Clinical Research
Cleveland Clinic, Pain Management Department
Cleveland, OH

The patient is a 51-year-old male who presents for evaluation of low back and left leg pain secondary to lumbosacral neuritis and failed back surgery syndrome. He had a lumbar laminectomy performed 4-years ago for stenosis.  He works full time as a college professor but cannot...

On exam, he is hunched at the waist and ambulates with an antalgic gait using a cane. He has paraspinous tenderness and...

Prior Treatment
Since surgery, he has undergone interlaminar epidural steroid injections, without relief, as well as...

Find out here...Read Complete Case, Vote for Treatment, and View Outcome

How Would You Treat this Patient?

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Dear Airline Industry,

A recent survey on SpineUniverse found that 88% of people have back or neck pain after a flight. That's almost everyone! But here's what you may be interested in - 74% of people surveyed have a few words they want to say to you: Charge me more, please.

If you give them a more spine-friendly airplane seat, that is. People are willing to pay an extra fee for a seat that gives them support, not back pain.

So, what do you think? You can read an article about the airplane survey here.



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Past Spine Cases:
Below is a listing of previous spine case studies. Feel free to browse and vote for treatment options for each case.
Gait and Balance Difficulties in a 76-Year-old Male
By Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD

Lumbar Herniation with Radiculopathy
By Timothy R. Kuklo, MD, JD

Cervical Trauma in a Young Football Player
By Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD

Bilateral L2 Spondylolysis: Nonsurgical or Surgical Treatment?
By Michael P. Schaefer, MD

Cervical Degenerative Changes with Segmental Kyphosis
By Marc A. Weinstein, MD

High-speed Motor Vehicle Accident: 24 Year-old
By Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD and D. Greg Anderson, MD

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