Segmental spinal dysgenesis: Early neurologic deterioration and treatment

John M. Flynn, Norman Y. Otsuka, John B. Emans, John E. Hall, M. Timothy Hresko

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Segmental spinal dysgenesis is a rare congenital condition of the lumbar or thoracolumbar spine that can be associated with significant progressive or permanent neurologic defects, including paraplegia. In the past, both bracing and surgery have been recommended. Of the seven children we have seen with this problem, three have lost motor function between presentation and the time of surgery. Our experience suggests that to prevent catastrophic neurologic deterioration, surgery is indicated once the diagnosis is made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-104
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997


  • Children
  • Congenital kyphosis
  • Congenital spinal disorders
  • Paraplegia
  • Segmental spinal dysgenesis
  • Surgical treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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