Successful staged surgical correction of congenital segmental spinal dysgenesis and complete rotary subluxation of the thoracolumbar spine in an infant

J Pediatr Surg. 1996 Jul;31(7):960-4. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3468(96)90422-4.


Congenital segmental spinal dysgenesis is a rare lesion that usually is associated with neurological deficits. Affected infants who are neurologically intact may suffer progressive kyphosis and subsequent neurological deterioration. Results of external casting, laminectomy with spinal fixation, or bone grafting of the defect have been disappointing. The authors present a successful staged surgical management scheme consisting of complete resection of the dysraphic vertebral bodies, maintenance of normal vertebral distance with rib strut grafting, and fusion with autogenous bone.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Bone Transplantation
  • Casts, Surgical
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Kyphosis / etiology
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / abnormalities*
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / surgery
  • Ribs
  • Spinal Dysraphism / surgery*
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spondylolisthesis / congenital*
  • Spondylolisthesis / surgery
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / abnormalities*
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / surgery
  • Transplantation, Autologous