A team of more than 50 clinicians at Advocate Children’s Hospital, Chicago, USA, have successfully separated a 10-month old patient from a parasitic rachipagus twin joined at the back of her neck. A few days following surgery, the hospital reports that the patient - known as Baby Dominique - is thriving.
Research conducted at the University of Virginia suggests that patients may wish to take a 1 to 3 month break from receiving a lumbar epidural steroid injection (LESIs) before undergoing lumbar spinal fusion surgery. Why? An increased risk of infection has been identified when LESIs are administered within 3 months prior to surgery.
Bone morphogenetic proteins, commonly used off-label to enhance pediatric spinal fusion (spinal arthrodesis), did not improve revision rates for pediatric spinal fusion, according to a study presented on March 14 at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in San Diego.