Spinal Case Studies

Here spine specialists present many cases that are challenging and compelling. Each case provides a patient's history, exam and imaging, treatment, outcome and peer discussion. Cast your vote for treatment and share in the case discussions.

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  • Increasing Pediatric Spinal Deformity
    Charles E. Johnston, MD
    A 5-year-old male with uncharacterized congenital myopathy presents with increasing spinal deformity. He is ambulatory, but having...
  • Rapidly Progressing Cervical Adjacent Segment Disease
    Jason M. Highsmith, MD
    A 56-year-old woman presents with a history of worsening neck and left shoulder pain. She has had some relief with C4-C5 epidurals,...
  • Basilar Invagination
    Kee D. Kim, MD
    The patient is a 67-year-old woman with rheumatoid arthritis whose chief complaints are facial numbness, and neck and occipital pain....
  • Lumbar Arthroplasty Revision
    Lali Sekhon, MD, PhD, FAANS, FRACS, FACS
    A 44-year-old woman reported low back pain and difficulty with defecation. The patient had surgery 2 years earlier with the...
  • Thoracic Herniated Disc
    Kee D. Kim, MD
    The patient is a 58-year-old man with mid-back pain. The patient reported pain that wrapped around his rib cage to the front of his...
  • Right Thoracic Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
    James T. Bennett, MD
    The patient is a 14-year-old male who presents with a 52-degree thoracic scoliosis at T4-T12. Video presentations demonstrate OR set-...
  • Progressive Mid-back Pain and Difficulty Walking
    Juan S. Uribe, MD, FAANS
    Juan Uribe, MD and his co-authors present progressively intensifying moderate to severe mid-back pain in a male. The patient reports...
  • Basilar Impression in an 8-year-old Male
    Kadir Kotil, MD
    Kadir Kotil, MD presents basilar impression in an 8-year-old male. Jason Highsmith, MD discusses the case.
  • Lumbar Construct Failure
    Juan S. Uribe, MD, FAANS
    This 57-year-old male, with a history of cirrhosis of the liver, presents with lumbar construct failure.
  • Cervical Spondylosis with Myelopathy
    Iain Kalfas, MD
    The patient is a 68-year-old male who presents with a several-month history of progressive gait difficulty and neck pain.
  • Post-laminectomy Cervical Kyphosis
    Iain Kalfas, MD
    This 58-year-old male patient presents with severe neck pain with mild bilateral arm pain.
  • Lumbar Degenerative Scoliosis in a 69-year-old Female
    Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD
    The patient is a 69-year-old Asian female who presents with progressively more severe low back pain.
  • Osteoporotic Burst Fracture
    Stephen Lewis, MD
    A 71-year-old priest presents with chronic pain in the upper thoracic and neck for about 2 months. Pain is progressive.

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