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Dr. Ahmet Münir Sarpyener: Pioneer in Definition of Congenital Spinal Stenosis

Naderi, Sait MD*; Güçlü, Bülent MD*; Yurtsever, Cem MD; Berk, Haluk MD

doi: 10.1097/01.brs.0000257340.54669.58
Historical Perspective

Although there are many reports regarding the spinal surgical applications before the 19th century, the definition of spinal disorders and application of the most novel surgical techniques have been performed in last 2 centuries. Lumbar spinal stenosis was reported in the first half of the 20th century.

The definition of the lumbar spinal stenosis was commonly attributed to Dr. Verbiest. However, there were some reports regarding the symptoms attributable to lumbar spinal stenosis before him. On the other hand, Dr. Sarpyener, a Turkish surgeon, reported for the first time congenital spinal stenosis, a special variety of spinal stenosis.

The aim of this study is to review the biography, scientific studies, and spine applications of Dr. Sarpyener, a pioneer in the field of spina bifida and congenital spinal stenosis.

Lumbar spinal stenosis was described in the first half of the 20th century. Many papers were published defining different etiologies. In a historical paper, we address the history of spinal stenosis emphasizing Professor Dr. Ahmet Münir Sarpyener and his contribution on the description of the congenital spinal stenosis.

From the Departments of *Neurosurgery, Yeditepe University School of Medicine, Istanbul; †Neurosurgery, Dokuz Eylül University School of Medicine, Istanbul; and ‡Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Dokuz Eylül University School of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey.

Acknowledgment date: July 18, 2006. Acceptance date: July 27, 2006.

The manuscript submitted does not contain information about medical device(s)/drug(s).

No funds were received in support of this work. No benefits in any form have been or will be received from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this manuscript.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Sait Naderi, MD, Department of Neurosurgery, Yeditepe University Hospital, Kozyatagi, Istanbul, Turkey; E-mail:

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.