Correction of the axial and appendicular deformities in a patient with Silver-Russel syndrome

Afr J Paediatr Surg. 2015 Jan-Mar;12(1):36-40. doi: 10.4103/0189-6725.150969.


Background: Scoliosis and limb length discrepancy are the major orthopaedic abnormalities in patients with Silver-Russel syndrome (SRS). In this paper, we describe a series of orthopaedic interventions in an attempt to overcome the progressive pathologic mechanism in a 7-year-old girl who manifested the full phenotypic features of SRS.

Materials and methods: Unilateral hip dislocation, progressive scoliosis and limb length discrepancy have been dealt with through Pemberton osteotomy, spinal fusion and Taylor-Spatial-Frame respectively.

Results: In order to correct the axial and the appendicular deformities a sum of seven operations were performed (between the age of 7 years and 13 years). Pemberton osteotomy was performed to treat dislocation of her right hip because of developmental dysplasia of the hip. Spinal fusion (spondylodesis) of segments Th3-L5 was done to correct her scoliosis. And, to overcome the limb length discrepancy of 15-cm we used Taylor-Spatial-Frame with percutaneous distal corticotomy of the femur, and the proximal tibia, as well as the foot, were performed. We were able to minimize the limb length discrepancy to 5 cm. The girl became able to walk with the aid of a below knee orthosis and through lifting the left limb with 5-cm height shoe.

Conclusion: Limb lengthening surgery in patients with multiple malformation complex as in SRS is associated with high recurrence risk because of; muscular hypotonia, overtubulation of the long bones, and the poor bone regenerative quality. Our interventions were principally directed towards improving the cosmetic outlook, functions and the biomechanics.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Bone Lengthening
  • Child
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Orthopedic Procedures / methods*
  • Osteotomy
  • Silver-Russell Syndrome / diagnostic imaging
  • Silver-Russell Syndrome / surgery*
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome