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spinemonitor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from October 29, 2008

This edition of spinemonitor features two original cases.  Timothy R. Kuklo, MD, JD presents an interesting case of degenerative scoliosis in an elderly woman.  John J. Carbone, MD discusses Dr. Kuklo’s case and the patient’s level of disability.  Larry T. Khoo, MD presents trans-sacral fusion of L5-S1 spondylolisthesis.  Reginald Q. Knight, MD comments on this less invasive surgical option.

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Significant Back and Leg Pain in a 70-Year-old Female
Photo: Timothy R. Kuklo, MD, JD Case Author:
Timothy R. Kuklo, MD, JD
Associate Professor
Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurological Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO

The patient's previous medical history is significant for poliomyelitis and generalized left leg weakness. She experiences increasing inability to stand, walk, or perform activities of daily living, such as cooking secondary to severe back pain and right leg pain. She stated she "can't live like this". She has a several year history of …

Overall, fair sagittal balance, but she is unable to maintain posture. Her trunk shifts to the right. The neurologic examination is significant for…

Left and right standing, as well as posterior photos demonstrate mild sagittal imbalance and right trunk shift. Note: She needs to…

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Right trunk shift and coronal imbalance

Fig. 2A - Right trunk shift and coronal imbalance.
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Trans-sacral Fusion of Spondylolisthesis at L5-S1
Larry T. Khoo, MD Case Author:
Larry T. Khoo, MD
UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center
Los Angeles, CA
This case sponsored by: Pioneer Surgical Technology

The patient is a 49-year-old-male mechanic, who presents with a 1-year history of axial low back pain and primarily right leg sciatica. He describes his pain as 50% back pain and 50% leg pain.   His back pain is exacerbated by…

The patient is a healthy 5'11" male who weighs 205 pounds. Vital signs are normal. His musculoskeletal examination was significant for left trunk tilt, antalgic gait, right leg limp, visible listhetic crease in his trunk near L5-S1, as well as pain on deep pressure in that region. There is no visible atrophy of…

AP and lateral x-rays revealed a mobile spondylolisthesis at L5-S1, which reduced from 30% to 15% between flexion and extension. There was a significant loss of…

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Mobile spondylolisthesis at L5-S1

Fig. 2A - Mobile spondylolisthesis at L5-S1.
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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.
S1 Failure in an Elderly Female
By Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD

Debilitating Back Pain with Neurogenic Claudication
By Neel Anand, MD, Mch Orth

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

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