Kümmell's disease is defined as delayed traumatic vertebral collapse disease in which patients develop a kyphosis after asymptomatic minor spinal trauma. Both anterior approach and posterior approach have been reported, however, there is no standard treatment for Kümmell's disease.Patient concerns:
We described a successful modified posterior vertebral column resection in a patient with Kümmell's disease. A 65-year-old woman reported persistent back pain for almost three months.Diagnoses:
Kümmell's disease was diagnosed based on computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).Interventions:
Modified posterior vertebral column resection combined with short-segment fixation was designed to treat this disease.Outcomes:
The procedure was successful without any complications. Patient reported that symptoms were obviously improved in one week after operation.Lessons:
Modified posterior vertebral column resection combined with short-segment fixation is an effective treatment option for Kümmell's disease.