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External Distraction for Treatment of Rigid Sharp-angled Myelomeningocele-related Kyphosis With Skin Ulceration

Case Report

Ryabykh, Sergey O. MD, PhD*; Pavlova, Olga M. MD; Savin, Dmitry M. MD; Kolchin, Sergey N. MD; Gubin, Alexander V. MD, PhD

doi: 10.1097/BTO.0000000000000320
Special Technical Article

Objectives of our research: tо follow long-term results of staged surgical treatment of a patient with sharp-angled myelomeningocele-related rigid kyphosis, back skin scarring, and skin ulceration on top of gibbous; to assess efficiency and safety of using external distraction method as a preparatory stage for kyphectomy in such patients. Usage of external distraction with subsequent kyphectomy in patient with sharp-angled myelomeningocele-related kyphosis and skin ulceration led to satisfactory long-term results.

*Division of Axial skeleton and Neurosurgery

Pediatric Neurosurgical Department

Ilizarov Center, Kurgan, Russia

The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose.

For reprint requests, or additional information and guidance on the techniques described in the article, please contact Olga M. Pavlova, MD, at or by mail at 6, M. Ulyanova Street, Kurgan 640014, Russia. You may inquire whether the author(s) will agree to phone conferences and/or visits regarding these techniques.

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