Ulf R. Liljenqvist

June 2014, Volume 23, Issue 6, pp 1164 - 1165 Grand Rounds Read Full Article 10.1007/s00586-014-3289-8

First Online: 03 May 2014


Comment on a case report on a challenging case of a severe spinal congenital deformity with a type I split spinal cord malformation (SSCM) in a 23-year-old with initial neurological symptoms.

Material and Methods

The patient was treated with a halo gravity traction over one month. A posterior vertebral column resection cephalad to the bony spur at T12 was done and moderate frontal and sagittal plane curve correction was achieved without resection of the bony spur.


In conclusion, despite a quite clear recommendation in the current literature to first surgically address the type 1 SSCM prior to correction of any spinal deformity, the authors of the present case chose to leave the bony spur. Still it remains to be seen if in this very case the spur will become clinically apparent in the future or not. As long as larger studies on curve correction without spur resection in SSCM are not available, spur resection prior to any type of curve correction remains the golden standard.

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