Mohsen Karami, Behrooz A. Akbarnia

December 2022, Volume 31, Issue 12, pp 3713 - 3718 Case Report Read Full Article 10.1007/s00586-021-07058-x

First Online: 25 November 2021


To propose an alternative method of surgical technique to address gibbus deformity in meningomyelocele with open wound simultaneously.


We report a rare case of an 8-year-old girl with a refractory skin breakdown on her gibbus deformity, which underwent an Ilizarov kyphectomy technique to address her skin breakdown, and spinal deformity at the same time, while planning a definitive fusion in the future.


The patient was followed up for about 5 years. Her spine and overlying skin seem stable and no definite fusion has been offered to the patient so far.


Ilizarov kyphectomy technique is an alternative procedure that can provide a safe and effactive method to address severe kyphosis deformity with skin breakdown. However, a comparison should be drawn to other procedures, while including more patients with longer follow-up.

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