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Challenging Cases in Spine Surgery

Challenging Cases in Spine Surgery


Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781588903938
Publication Date: October 2005

More than 80 complex cases in a streamlined format

With more than 80 complex spine surgery cases and its streamlined case example format, this is an ideal clinical reference for the professional practice. The authors outline the patient presentation, radiologic findings, diagnosis, and treatment, followed by a discussion, to help you quickly master the thinking behind planning complicated spinal procedures.


  • Organizes cases in an easy-to-follow manner perfect for the busy practitioner and resident
  • Covers challenging cases arising from a broad spectrum of causes, including traumatic, inflammatory, neoplastic, infectious, and degenerative
  • Includes more than 180 images and illustrations, such as MRI and CT scans, myelograms, angiograms, x-rays, and intraoperative photographs
  • Discusses the technologies pertaining to bone morphogenetic protein and percutaneous spine surgery to help the clinician remain at the forefront of the spine field
  • Covers surgical treatments of unusual disorders, including Klippel-Feil syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, dysplasia, arachnoiditis, ankylosing hyperostosis of Forestier and Rotes-Querol, thoracic arteriovenous fistula, and achondroplasia

This text is a must for orthopedic surgeons, spine fellows, neurosurgeons, neurologists, pain management specialists, and residents seeking the most up-to-date information and the underlying principles in the most demanding cases in spine surgery.

1 Odontoid Fracture Type I
2 Transodontoid Screw for Type II Odontoid Fracture
3 Nonunion of a Type II Odontoid Fracture
4 Atlantoaxial Instability
5 Bilateral Locked Facets
6 Cervical Kyphosis
7 Spinal Trauma
8 Ankylosing Spondylitis
9 Esophageal Injury
10 Traumatic Thoracic Fracture
11 Lumbar Fracture
12 Burst Fracture
13 Traumatic Lumbar Fracture
14 Multiple Burst Fractures
15 Sacral Fracture
16 Atlanto-occipital Dislocation
17 Cranial Settling
18 Rheumatoid Arthritis
19 Rheumatoid Patient with Ventral Cord Compression
20 Rheumatoid Arthritis with Instability
Section A Cervical
21 Percutaneous Cervical Decompression
22 Cervical Cages
23 Mechanical Neck Pain
24 Multilevel Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
25 Hardware Failure
26 Postoperative Kyphosis
27 Multilevel Cervical Stenosis
28 Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament (OPLL)
29 Cervical Myelopathy
30 Cervical Hardware Failure
31 Central Cord with Osteoporosis
32 Pseudomeningocele
33 Angioedema
Section B Thoracic
34 Thoracic Disc
35 Syrinx
36 Transverse Myelitis
Section C Lumbar
37 Discogenic Back Pain
38 Adjacent Segment Disease
39 Motion Preservation Technology
40 Percutaneous Lumbar Laminotomies and Foraminotomies
41 Large Disc Herniation Treated Percutaneously
42 Segmental Instability
43 Lumbar Instability and Radiculopathy
44 Foot Drop
45 Pars Defect
46 High-Grade Spondylolisthesis
47 Multilevel Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
48 Bone Morphogenetic Protein
49 Degenerative Scoliosis
50 Nerve Root Impingement by Pedicle Screw
51 Lumbar Scoliosis
52 Degenerative Lumbar Spine Disease with Segmental Instability
53 Lumbar Nonunion
54 Mechanical Back Pain with Previous Posterior Fusion
55 Osteoporosis
56 Metastatic Lesion
57 Plasmacytoma with Postembolization Swelling
58 Thoracic Tumor
59 Thoracolumbar Instrumentation Failure
60 Thoracic Screw Misplacement
61 Recurrent Giant Cell Tumor
62 Lumbosacral Giant Cell Tumor with Segmental Instability
63 Large Upper Cervical Nerve Sheath Tumor
64 Benign Thoracic Tumor
65 Spinal Tumor
66 Lumbar Schwannoma
67 Metastatic Spinal Cord Lesion
68 Sacral Lesion
69 Recurrent Sacral Tumor
70 Spinal Epidural Abscess
71 Thoracic Osteomyelitis
72 Pott's Disease
73 Intramedullary Cervical Lesion
74 Klippel-Feil Spine
75 Klippel-Feil Syndrome
76 Cervical Rib
77 Ankylosing Hyperostosis of Forestier and Rotes-Querol
78 Fibrous Dysplasia
79 Diastematomyelia
80 Spinal Teratoma
81 Congenital Abnormality of the Spine
82 Thoracic Arteriovenous Fistula
83 Arachnoid Cyst
84 Achondroplasia
85 Arachnoiditis
86 Spinal Deformity
87 Tethered Cord

Challenging Cases in Spine Surgery is a clear and concise compilation of difficult cases that the authors have managed..the authors are highly skilled surgeons who have done a commendable job in compiling an overview of a series of very difficult cases...a good addition to a departmental library.--Journal of Neurosurgery

"True to their book title, Abdulhak and Marzouk present a fascinating collection of 87 challenging spinal surgery cases. ..The reading is easy and the information interesting. The images are excellent. They are high-quality and clearly printer, and therefore instructive to analyze. The student will find that this book augments the cases seen clinically and on rounds, as it would take years to collect the experience these cases represent. Students of radiology and neurosurgery will want access to this text. The referring physician and physical therapist will find this a good represetnation of the surgeons' action plan for referrals. The book will enhance any medical library. I would recommend this to medical and institutional libraries, as well as to large practices that perform spinal surgery."--Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy

"This is a book to add the armamentarium of literature of general and spine surgeons in current practice."--Doody's Book Reviews

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