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Spinal cord compression caused by the rod of a Harrington instrumentation device: a late complication in scoliosis surgery.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9258642     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We report a unique complication caused by the rod of a Harrington instrumentation device, which resulted in spinal stenosis and myelopathy. A literature review revealed no previous causes of direct spinal cord impingement caused by the rod of a Harrington device. In this case, years after the initial operation, the rod penetrated the lamina at the junction between a thoracic and a lumbar curve, causing spinal stenosis and myelopathy. We conclude that regular control of the position of the device and awareness of possible late neurological complications are necessary to identify such complications as early as possible.
A Krödel; J C Rehmet; C Hamburger
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society     Volume:  6     ISSN:  0940-6719     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur Spine J     Publication Date:  1997  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-09-26     Completed Date:  1997-09-26     Revised Date:  2013-03-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9301980     Medline TA:  Eur Spine J     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  208-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Orthopaedic Department, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Klinikum Grosshadem, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Kyphosis / surgery
Lumbar Vertebrae / surgery
Middle Aged
Orthopedic Fixation Devices / adverse effects*
Postoperative Complications / etiology*
Scoliosis / surgery*
Spinal Cord Compression / etiology*
Spinal Fusion / instrumentation*
Thoracic Vertebrae / surgery
Time Factors

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