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spinemonitor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from October 14, 2008

This edition of spinemonitor features two original cases and a new online CME opportunity.  Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD presents S1 failure in an elderly female who underwent prior fusion at another institution.  Lawrence G. Lenke, MD provides an extensive discussion of Dr. Shaffrey’s case.  Neel Anand, MD, Mch Orth presents our technology case involving treatment of debilitating back pain with neurogenic claudication.  Harel Deutsch, MD highlights some of the treatment challenges.

Featured Case Study
S1 Failure in an Elderly Female
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 72-year-old female who was treated for spinal stenosis and scoliosis 3-years ago. She underwent a T10-S1 fusion at another institution. The patient is 5'2" tall and weighs 252 pounds. She did well for 2-months after surgery and then…

The patient has no neurological deficits upon examination...

The patient's lateral supine x-ray (Figure 1A) and AP supine x-ray (Figure 1B) are below. (Both before a T10-S1 fusion at another institution) …

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S1 Failure in an Elderly Female

Fig. 2B - AP supine x-ray
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Sponsored Technology Case Study
Debilitating Back Pain with Neurogenic Claudication
Neel Anand, MD, Mch Orth Case Author:
Neel Anand, MD, Mch Orth
Director, Orthopaedic
Spine Surgery

Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders
Los Angeles, CA
This case sponsored by: Pioneer Surgical Technology

The patient is a 76-year-old female who presents with debilitating back pain, sagittal imbalance, and neurogenic claudication.  Symptoms have progressively worsened the…

Neurologically, the patient is intact.  She takes no medication, except narcotics for pain...

The AP radiograph (Fig. 1A) shows degenerative scoliosis in the coronal plane.  Sagittal imbalance is demonstrated in the…

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Debilitating Back Pain with Neurogenic Claudication

Fig. 2A - AP CT scan.
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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.
Progressive Back Pain in a 26-Year-old Male
By Jeffrey C. Wang, MD

Cervical and Bilateral Arm Pain
By Randy F. Davis, MD

Adult Scoliosis: Progressive Lower Extremity Radicular Pain
By Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD

Cervical DDD with Myelopathy?
By Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD

Increasing Back and Leg Pain, Quadricep Weakness
By Timothy R. Kuklo, MD, JD

Cervical Trauma Resulting in Quadriplegia
By Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD

Intractable Chronic Pain in Patient with Post-laminectomy Syndrome
By Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD

View All Case Studies

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Featured Online CME Opportunity
Pedicle Screw Fixation: Osteoporotic Bone

This online continuing education program is designed to provide orthopaedic and neurological spine surgeons with a review of pedicle anatomy, bone remodeling, and osteoporosis. Also presented are the characteristics of pedicle screws, use indications and contraindications, as well as surgical planning and intra-operative guidance. The surgical challenges and complications, including those related to implantation into osteoporotic bone are further explored and fenestrated screws are presented as a viable solution.

Medical Education Resources designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™.

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CME Event - November 8-9, 2008 - Last Chance
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November 8-9, 2008
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Toronto, Canada

Under the direction of an outstanding international faculty, participants will receive 6 hours of cadaveric labs, plus lectures and discussion of the latest techniques and technologies in spine surgery. 

Cadaveric Labs Include:

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