Modified posterior vertebral column resection for Kümmell disease: Case report

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Abstract

Rationale:

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.

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