Bonus Summaries

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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Indications for Arthrodesis and Spinal Instrumentation.

Knaub MA, Won DS, McGuire R, Herkowitz HN.

Instr Course Lect. 2005; 54: 313-319.

PMID: 15948459

This narrative review describes indications for fusion or instrumentation for stenosis. Arthrodesis may benefit cases with instability or misalignment, and instrumentation has improved radiographic fusion in a number of studies. This paper explains how much surgery is required for different patients presenting with stenosis.

web: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=15948459%20

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Adult Primary Intradural Spinal Cord Tumors: A Review.

Chamberlain MC, Tredway TL.

Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2011; 11: 320-328.

PMID: 21327734

This narrative review presents information on most varieties of primary spinal tumors. Each variety is described with cell-type of origin, notable pathology, and treatment recommendations including whether surgical resection is indicated. This provides a good introductory overview of these rare malignancies.

web: http://www.springerlink.com/content/t5n047322k233645/

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Instability and impending instability of the thoracolumbar spine in patients with spinal metastases: a systematic review.

Weber MH, Burch S, Buckley J, Schmidt MH, Fehlings MG, Vrionis FD, Fisher CG.

Int J Oncol. 2011; 38: 5-12.

PMID: 21109920

This systematic review addressed instability in patients with spinal metastasis. The studies found consisted mostly of cadaveric biomechanical experiments, underscoring a need for higher quality clinical studies. Nonetheless, they were able to identify several predictors of instability. This paper is a good synthesis of all available evidence on this issue.

web: http://www.spandidos-publications.com/ijo/38/1/5

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Decision Making in Adult Deformity.

Heary RF, Kumar S, Bono CM.

Neurosurgery.  2008; 63: 69-77.

PMID: 18812935

Despite the title, this general narrative review paper mainly covers the technical choices involved in correction surgery, including preoperative evaluation, fixation techniques, length of fusion, surgical approach, complications, and MIS techniques.  The paper is often vague about the evidence supporting its statements.

web:  http://journals.lww.com/neurosurgery/Abstract/2008/09001/Decision_Making_in_Adult_Deformity.9.aspx

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Thoracic and Lumbar Vertebroplasties Performed in US Medicare Enrollees, 2001-2005.

Gray DT, Hollingworth W, Onwudiwe N, Deyo RA, Jarvik JG.

JAMA.  2007; 298: 1760-1762.

PubMed PMID:  17940230

This brief research letter reported on all 114,678 cases of vertebroplasty among Medicare patients 2001-2005 and found a substantial increase of procedural volume during this timeperiod.

web:  http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/298/15/1760.2.full.pdf

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Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Etiology, Anatomy, Natural History, and Bracing.

Parent S, Newton PO, Wenger DR.

Instr Course Lect.  2005; 54: 529-536.

PMID: 15948477

This is a narrative review paper on all pre-surgical aspects of AIS.  It mainly covers theories on various etiological factors, curve progression, and bracing.

web:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15948477

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Clinical Outcome of Nonoperative Treatment for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, and Predictive Factors Relating to Prognosis, in a 5-Year Minimum Follow-up.

Miyamoto H, Sumi M, Uno K, Tadokoro K, Mizuno K.

J Spinal Disord Tech.  2008; 21: 563-568.

PMID: 19057249

This prospective study reported 5-year outcomes of inpatient non-operative treatment of stenosis. Though half the patients recovered full daily activities, the study design is inadequate to differentiate treatment effect vs. natural history.  This paper provides a useful starting point for potentially effective inpatient nonoperative treatment.

web: http://journals.lww.com/jspinaldisorders/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=2008&issue=12000&article=00006&type=abstract

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Spine/SRS Spondylolisthesis Summary Statement.

Mardjetko S, Albert T, Andersson G, et al.

Spine.  2005; 30: S3.

PMID: 15767883

This consensus statement from the SRS provides a brief and interesting overview of key issues in the diagnosis and treatment of spondylolisthesis.  However, this paper is mere level V evidence, and completely lacks any references to support its opinions.

web:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=15767883

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Fusion versus arthroplasty in single level cervical degenerative disc disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

Boselie A, van Mameren H, de Bie R, Benzel EC, Willems PC.

Anticipated publication:  summer 2012.

PMID:  not yet indexed

This systematic review has not yet been completed and is not yet published.  However, when it does become available, it is sure to be cited by insurance carriers in their decisions about cervical disk arthroplasty.

web:  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD009173/abstract

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