Study Design. Case report with ultra long-term follow-up. Objective. To show the long-term positive benefits of an arthrodesis at age 3 years. Summary of Background Data. To our knowledge, there have been no previous reports of a 50-year follow-up of a posterior spine fusion for severe congenital kyphosis and segmental spinal dysgenesis. Methods. Chart and radiographic documentation of both the preoperative, postoperative, and 50-year follow-up. Results. Solid arthrodesis was achieved after a pseudarthrosis repair. Major correction was achieved and paraplegia prevented. Despite a long fusion to the sacrum, there was no junctional or sacroiliac degeneration. Conclusions. Arthrodesis at age 3 years provided an optimal ultra long-term follow-up.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2006|
- Congenital kyphosis
- Early arthrodesis
- Segmental spinal dysgenesis