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Pediatric spinal fusion

Vinayak Narayan, Nasser Mohammed, Amey R Savardekar, Devi Prasad Patra, Anil Nanda
INTRODUCTION: Spinal tuberculosis [TB] is a common infectious disease prevalent in developing countries and a rising disaster in developed countries. The association of tuberculosis with spondylolisthesis is rarely reported in literature. The aim of our review is to analyse the clinical features and radiologic characteristics of TB spondylolisthesis along with providing a concise update on its surgical management, based on current literature. METHODS: A systematic review is performed after conducting a thorough search in the PubMed database...
March 8, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Taylor E Purvis, Rafael De la Garza-Ramos, Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, C Rory Goodwin, Mari L Groves, Michael C Ain, Daniel M Sciubba
OBJECTIVE: To compare in-hospital complication rates in pediatric patients with atlantoaxial and subaxial injuries undergoing either external fixation or surgical fusion. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Baseline and outcome data were obtained from the 2002-2011 Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) for patients under the age of 18 with a diagnosis of cervical spine fracture without spinal cord injury or cervical spine subluxation. Patients who underwent external immobilization or internal fixation were included for analysis...
February 5, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Andrew J Kobets, Daniel Komlos, John K Houten
BACKGROUND: Ehler-Danlos syndome (EDS) refers to a group of heritable connective tissue disorders; rare manifestations of which are cervical kyphosis and clinical myelopathy. Surgical treatment is described for the deformity in the thoracolumbar spine in adolescents but not for infantile cervical spine. Internal fixation for deformity correction in the infantile cervical spine is challenging due to the diminutive size of the bony anatomy and the lack of spinal instrumentation specifically designed for young children...
February 15, 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
B Lin, Z D Chen, T Y Cai, S S Wu, Z M Guo
Objective: To investigate the clinical curative effect of C(1)-C(2) pedicle screw fixation for pediatric atlantoaxial dislocation after a long-term follow-up. Methods: From March 2005 to April 2011, a total of 12 male and 9 female patients were included, with age from 3 to 9 years old (mean, 6.1 years old). Among them, 14 cases (67%) had typeⅠinstability atlantoaxial dislocation, 7 cases (33%) had type Ⅱ reducible atlantoaxial dislocation. All 21 pediatric patients with atlantoaxial dislocation underwent posterior pedicle screw fixations...
February 6, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Jennifer K Workman, Jacob Wilkes, Angela P Presson, Yizhe Xu, John A Heflin, John T Smith
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the variation in care and cost of spinal fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), and to identify opportunities for improving healthcare value. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study from the Pediatric Health Information Systems database, including children 11-18 years of age with AIS who underwent spinal fusion surgery between 2004 and 2015. Multivariable regression was used to evaluate the relationships between hospital cost, patient outcomes, and resource use...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
Sergio M Navarro, Prem N Ramkumar, Anthony C Egger, Ryan C Goodwin
OBJECTIVES: Increased surgeon and hospital volume has been associated with improved patient outcomes and cost effectiveness for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). However, no evidence-based thresholds that clarify the volume at which these strata occur exist. The objective of this study was to establish statistically meaningful thresholds that define high-volume surgeons and hospitals performing spinal fusion for AIS from those that are low volume with respect to length of stay (LOS) and cost...
March 2018: Spine Deformity
Lawrence L Haber, Erika D Womack, Madhankumar Sathyamoorthy, James A Moss, Michael Wade Shrader
BACKGROUND: Hypotensive events (HEs) following posterior spinal fusion (PSF) for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) can lead to delayed neurologic postoperative deficits (DNPD). This study aimed to determine the incidence of HEs (mean arterial pressure [MAP] <60 mmHg) after PSF for AIS and identify predictors for HEs. METHODS: Medical records of 99 consecutive patients who had PSF for AIS were retrospectively reviewed (2011-2013). Perioperative data were collected...
March 2018: Spine Deformity
Nathan E How, John T Street, Marcel F Dvorak, Charles G Fisher, Brian K Kwon, Scott Paquette, Justin S Smith, Christopher I Shaffrey, Tamir Ailon
We conducted a systematic review with meta-analysis and qualitative synthesis. This study aims to characterize pseudarthrosis after long-segment fusion in spinal deformity by identifying incidence rates by etiology, risk factors for its development, and common features. Pseudarthrosis can be a painful and debilitating complication of spinal fusion that may require reoperation. It is poorly characterized in the setting of spinal deformity. The MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane databases were searched for clinical research including spinal deformity patients treated with long-segment fusions reporting pseudarthrosis as a complication...
February 6, 2018: Neurosurgical Review
Alexandre R Pingarilho, Paulo M Porto de Melo, Samer K Elbabaa
The scientific literature does not have a consensus about the role and method of postoperative immobilization after occipitocervical fusion in the pediatric population. The primary goal of this study is to review the medical literature and evaluate different immobilization methods and their impact on fusion, following the surgical management of craniocervical instability in children. It started with an extensive research of randomized controlled trials, series of cases and case reports, describing occipitocervical junction pathologies, clinical, epidemiological characteristics, and treatment...
January 20, 2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Jesse Li, Remi M Ajiboye, Michael H Orden, Akshay Sharma, Austin Drysch, Sina Pourtaheri
STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of postoperative ketorolac administration (ie, dosage and duration of use) on pseudarthrosis following thoracolumbar posterolateral spinal fusions. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Ketorolac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug often administered for pain control after spine surgery. The main concern with ketorolac is the risk of pseudarthrosis following fusion...
January 18, 2018: Clinical Spine Surgery
Gokhan Cavus, Yurdal Gezercan, Ali Ihsan Ökten, Orkun Tolunay, Tamer Çelik, Ali Arslan, Ümit Çelik
PURPOSE: Tuberculosis is a common disease worldwide that is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is primarily a pulmonary disease, but extrapulmonary manifestations are not uncommon, especially in children and adolescents. METHODS: We present two pediatric patients who underwent surgery in our clinic for Pott's disease in the upper thoracic region. The patients were investigated to describe their age, complaints, neurological examination results, disease location, surgical procedure, and complications...
December 16, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Christian Fisahn, Fernando Alonso, Ghazwan A Hasan, R Shane Tubbs, Joseph R Dettori, Thomas A Schildhauer, Tarush Rustagi
Study Design: Systematic review. Objectives: (1) What are the surgical indications? Have they changed over time since the year 2000? (2) What is the current surgical approaches of choice? Have they changed over time since the year 2000? Do they vary by geographical region? (3) What are the most common outcome measures following surgery? Methods: Electronic databases and reference lists of key articles were searched from database inception from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2016 to identify studies specifically evaluating surgical indications, current surgical approaches, and outcome measures for spinal tuberculosis...
December 2017: Global Spine Journal
Zhi-Da Chen, Jin Wu, Cheng-Wu Lu, Wen-Rong Zeng, Zhuan-Zhi Huang, Bin Lin
BACKGROUND: There are few studies reporting the use of atlantoaxial pedicle screws and the long-term effects of C1-C2 posterior fusion in children. Our study is to investigate the initial results of C1-C2 pedicle screw fixation for pediatric atlantoaxial dislocation (AAD) and assessed spontaneous change of postoperative radiography after a long-term follow-up period. METHODS: Posterior pedicle screw fixations were performed in 21 pediatric patients with AAD. All the patients underwent implant removal 1 year after their initial surgery and had regular follow-up with an average duration of 76...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Amit Jain, Brian T Sullivan, Hamid Hassanzadeh, Nigel N Hsu, Paul D Sponseller
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the indications, radiographic outcomes, and complications in children with spinal deformities treated with posterolateral diskectomy with posterior fusion (PLDF), and to compare them against those of patients treated with anteroposterior spinal fusion (APSF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: A novel technique for treating large, rigid spinal deformities in children has been proposed, consisting of PLDF at the apex of the deformity using an all-posterior approach...
December 8, 2017: Spine
Adina E Feinberg, Tyler R Chesney, Sanjho Srikandarajah, Sergio A Acuna, Robin S McLeod
BACKGROUND: Over the past 2 decades, there has been an increase in opioid use and subsequently, opioid deaths. The amount of opioid prescribed to surgical patients has also increased. The aim of this systematic review was to determine postdischarge opioid consumption in surgical patients compared with the amount of opioid prescribed. Secondary outcomes included adequacy of pain control and disposal methods for unused opioids. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to characterize postdischarge opioid consumption and prescription patterns in surgical patients...
December 5, 2017: Annals of Surgery
Ann Heble, Melanie D Everitt, Jane Gralla, Shelley D Miyamoto, Michael Lahart, Jennifer Eshelman
mTOR inhibitors have been associated with SWC when used in the perioperative period. Limited literature is available to guide providers in managing chronic mTOR inhibitor use in the perioperative period, especially in the pediatric setting. The primary aim of this study was to describe the prevalence of SWC with mTOR inhibitor continuation during the perioperative period for major surgeries. Heart transplant recipients ≤25 years old at the time of primary heart transplant receiving sirolimus maintenance therapy during a surgical procedure and within the study period were included...
February 2018: Pediatric Transplantation
Vanessa A Olbrecht, Lili Ding, Kristie Spruance, Monir Hossain, Senthilkumar Sadhasivam, Vidya Chidambaran
OBJECTIVES: Since approval of IV acetaminophen (IV APAP), its use has become quite common without strong positive evidence. Our goal was to determine the effect of IV APAP on hospital length of stay (LOS) via mediation of opioid-related side effects in pediatric patients. METHODS: Following IRB approval, 114 adolescents undergoing posterior spinal fusion were prospectively recruited and managed postoperatively with patient controlled analgesia and adjuvant therapy...
December 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
Mohamed A A Yousef, Darius Dranginis, Scott Rosenfeld
BACKGROUND: Children with neuromuscular disorders have a significant chance of developing scoliosis and/or hip dislocation during childhood and adolescence and often undergo surgical reconstruction. Because of their high rate of medical comorbidities, these patients are at higher risk of postoperative complications and are therefore often comanaged, along with orthopaedics, by pediatric medicine and critical care teams. Fever during the postoperative stay is a frequent occurrence and often prompts extensive diagnostic workup which increases the cost and burden on the health system but have unclear effects on the care of the patient...
February 2018: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Jonathan N Sellin, Jeffrey S Raskin, Kristen A Staggers, Alison Brayton, Valentina Briceño, Amee J Moreno, Andrew Jea
Thoracic and lumbar cortical bone trajectory pedicle screws have been described in adult spine surgery. They have likewise been described in pediatric CT-based morphometric studies; however, clinical experience in the pediatric age group is limited. The authors here describe the use of cortical bone trajectory pedicle screws in posterior instrumented spinal fusions from the upper thoracic to the lumbar spine in 12 children. This dedicated study represents the initial use of cortical screws in pediatric spine surgery...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Daniel J Johnson, Christine C Johnson, Susan M Goobie, Nina Nami, Joshua A Wetzler, Paul D Sponseller, Steven M Frank
BACKGROUND: Our objective was to quantify blood loss and transfusion requirements for high-dose and low-dose tranexamic acid (TXA) dosing regimens in pediatric patients undergoing spinal fusion for correction of idiopathic scoliosis. Previous investigators have established the efficacy of TXA in pediatric scoliosis surgery; however, the dosing regimens vary widely and the optimal dose has not been established. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed electronic medical records for 116 patients who underwent spinal fusion surgery for idiopathic scoliosis by a single surgeon and were treated with TXA...
December 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
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