Post-laminectomy rotokyphoscoliosis causing paraplegia in long term: case report.
CONTEXT: Childhood laminectomy can lead to spinal deformity. This is a report of a case of paraplegia caused by rotokyphoscoliosis,
a late complication of laminectomy.
FINDINGS: A 55-year-old woman developed paraplegia due to post-laminectomy kyphoscoliosis. She had surgery for a spinal tumor at age 13 years. She developed kyphosis 2 years after the laminectomy, which has been gradually progressing over the years. She experienced weakness of lower limbs that progressed to paraplegia. There was no evidence for tumor recurrence. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of post-laminectomy kyphoscoliosis causing late-onset paraplegia. Conclusions/clinical relevance: This case highlights a possible long-term complication of laminectomy without stabilization or untreated kyphoscoliosis. Children should be followed closely after laminectomy because development of spinal deformity is very common. Without intervention, the kyphosis might progress and in the long term, serious neurological complications may result, including paraplegia.
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Turkish Armed Forces Rehabilitation Center, Ankara, Turkey. firstname.lastname@example.org
SourceThe journal of spinal cord medicine 35:3 2012 May pg 175-7
Spinal Cord Neoplasms
Pub Type(s)Case Reports