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Spinemonitor - eNewsletter for Spine Professionals

New Spine Case by Iain Kalfas, MD: Cervical Spondylosis with Myelopathy

06/09/2010 -

Today's spinemonitor features an interesting case of cervical stenotic myelopathy by Iain Kalfas, MD. Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD and Eric W. Nottmeier, MD provide keen and individual insights into the surgical care of this 68-year-old male.

New Spine Case by Juan S. Uribe, MD: Progressive Mid-back Pain and Difficult Walking

05/26/2010 -

Today’s spinemonitor features an interesting and educational case of symptomatic thoracic myelopathy presented by Juan S. Uribe MD, Rafael F. Cardona MD, and Elias Dakwar MD. In his discussion, James S. Harrop MD comments on the authors’ applied surgical principals and outcome.

New Spine Case from Richard G. Fessler, MD: Lumbar Degenerative Scoliosis in a 69-year-old Female

05/12/2010 -

Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD presents a fascinating case of lumbar degenerative scoliosis in an elderly female in today’s spinemonitor. Sigurd H. Berven, MD and Choll W. Kim, MD, PhD provide insightful case discussions.

New Case: Osteoporotic Burst Fracture by Stephen Lewis, MD

04/28/2010 -

Today's spinemonitor features an interesting case of burst fracture by Stephen Lewis, MD. The discussion, by Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD raises compelling questions including, "What is the etiology of the patient's fractures? Reportedly there was no trauma. Does he have a pathological fracture from tumor or infection?" Opt for your treatment choice and discuss the case with colleagues.

New Spine Cases by Iqbal Shabir Khan, MD and Don Stover, PT, OCS, Cert MDT

04/14/2010 -

Spinemonitor presents two engaging and informative original cases for your review and Community Discussion. In addition, we announce a new online CME program available at spineCME.org.

New Spine Case: Lumbar Construct Failure by Juan S. Uribe, MD

03/24/2010 -

This week, SpineMonitor highlights an interesting case of lumbar construct failure presented by Juan S Uribe, MD with Elias Dakwar, MD and Rafael S. Cardona, MD. In his thoughtful case discussion, Jeffrey S. Roh, MD comments on radiograhic evidence that appears to be extrusion and subsidence and offers his opinion on treatment.

New Surgical & Non-surgical Spine Cases - New CME Courses

03/10/2010 -

Christopher I Shaffrey, MD presents an interesting spondylolisthesis revision with case discussion and treatment preferences provided by Stephen Lewis, MD. Next, Carol P. Dionne, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, Cert MDT and Don Stover, PT, OCS, Cert MDT summarize a case of back pain in a patient with cerebral palsy.

New Spinal Case Study: Lumbar Discal Cyst by Sreedharan Namboothiri, MS

02/24/2010 -

Discal cysts are a rare spinal disorder that are seldom reported and only recently gaining clinical exposure. This issue of spinemonitor features such a case, Lumbar Discal Cyst presented by Sreedharan Namboothiri, MS with extensive case discussion by Jason M. Highsmith, MD. Be sure to share your opinions of this case with colleagues in the Community Case Discussion section.

Post-laminectomy Cervical Kyphosis Case by Iain Kalfas, MD

02/10/2010 -

Vote for a treatment option and discuss this case with your colleagues

Severe Back and Left Lower Extremity Pain: Persists Five Years Post Laminectomy

01/29/2010 -

A new case from Brian, Kwon, MD -- severe back and left lower extremity pain in a female five years post laminectomy. Reginald Knight, MD comments on a treatment approach that is gaining popularity. We look forward to your comments!

Cervical Disc Herniation Adjacent to Fusion

01/13/2010 -

The first issue of the 2010 spinemonitor features a case of cervical disc herniation adjacent to fusion by Todd J. Albert, MD. Would you opt for the "tried and true" method to address the patient’s symptoms? Kee D. Kim, MD provides his viewpoint in an interesting case discussion.

Degenerative Disc Disease: Lumbar Interbody Fusion or Artificial Disc?

11/25/2009 -

Spinemonitor presents two new cases. In the first case, Reginald Q. Knight, MD asks whether "lumbar interbody fusion or artificial disc" is the better intervention. John C. Liu, MD discusses Dr. Knight’s case and includes his treatment choice. The next, by Thomas A. Zdeblick, MD, involves treatment of a college athlete sidelined by sciatica. Jason M. Highsmith, MD provides discussion of the technology used and the outcome.

Kyphosis Nonunion with Cervical Spinal Myelopathy

11/11/2009 -

This week, spinemonitor highlights Todd J. Albert, MD's complex and challenging case of iatrogenic cervical kyphosis. Edward C. Benzel, MD provides discussion highlighting several fundamental, yet critical, aspects of treatment.

Constant, Nonradiating Back Pain

10/28/2009 -

This week, spinemonitor highlights a case from Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD with discussion by James G. Schwender, MD. What treatment do you select for this middle-age female — nonoperative, surgical, or possibly disc replacement?

New Onset of Low Back Pain

10/14/2009 -

In this week’s spinemonitor, Reginald Q. Knight, MD presents a case of a patient presenting with a new onset of lumbar-related back and leg pain. Tyler Koski, MD provides a thought-provoking discussion. Which treatment would you select?

Low Back Pain Two Years Post Recurrent Disc Excision

09/23/2009 -

Spinemonitor features an excellent case of progressive idiopathic scoliosis case presented by Keith Bridwell, MD. Baron S. Lonner, MD provides an insightful discussion including a particular common postoperative finding in some cases.

Low Back Pain Two Years Post Recurrent Disc Excision

09/09/2009 -

Spinemonitor features two must review cases. Reginald Q. Knight, MD presents details and treatment of a patient with new back pain. Tim Yoon, MD, PhD comments on Dr. Knight's avant-garde approach. Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH's compelling case involves a girl with a 90-degree scoliosis. Pediatric scoliosis expert Lawrence G. Lenke, MD provides an extensive and meaningful discussion.

Lumbar DDD with a History of Back Pain

08/26/2009 -

This edition of spinemonitor presents what may be a classic case of lumbar degenerative disc disease—you decide.  Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD summarizes the patient’s profile and treatment.  Many images provide diagnostic information and Neel Anand, MD, Mch Orth and John J. Carbone, MD discuss the case.

Traumatic Lumbar Bullet Injury

08/12/2009 -

Today’s spinemonitor features an interesting spinal trauma case involving a previous bullet injury.  Kamal Verma, MD, MCh (Neurosurgery) presents details about the patient’s presentation and treatment.  Jason M. Highsmith, MD’s discussion provides his opinions and includes points for argument.

Sagittal Imbalance following Previous Surgery

07/22/2009 -

Two cases are featured in this edition of spinemonitorFrank J. Schwab, MD illustrates the complex nature of sagittal spinal imbalance.  Reginald Q. Knight, MD comments on surgical decision-making and goals in this multi-planar deformity. 
Our sponsored technology case, Trans-sacral Approach to Chronic Low Back Pain, features David J. Hart, MD’s compelling case of chronic low back pain refractory to nonoperative treatment.  Prior, the patient underwent two microsurgical procedures at the same level.  Would you consider Dr. Hart’s treatment course or opt for something else?  Choll W. Kim, MD discusses the case and includes Dr. Hart’s response.


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