Isolated thoracolumbar and lumbar hyperlordosis in a patient with cerebral palsy

E. W. Song, L. G. Lenke, P. L. Schoenecker

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A severe isolated thoracolumbar and lumbar hyperlordosis spinal deformity occurring in a patient with cerebral palsy is rare and has not been reported before. The authors describe the presentation, operative considerations, and treatment of patients with this unusual hyperlordotic spinal deformity, particularly those with cerebral palsy. A multiple-stage surgical reconstruction was required to correct this complex spinal deformity. The patient underwent bilateral femoral extension osteotomies along with spinal extensor myotomies to ensure proper prone positioning for his anticipated spinal surgery. Then he had staged anterior releases and spinal fusion from T8 to the sacrum followed by 2 weeks of "90-90" femoral skeletal traction. Finally, a posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation from T2 to the pelvis definitively corrected his deformity. The patient responded well to surgical intervention without complications and continues to have stable correction of his hyperlordosis deformity 2 years after surgery. Severe lordotic sagittal plane spinal deformities can be treated with anterior and posterior spinal fusion and instrumentation with intervening traction in the properly selected and prepared patient who has cerebral palsy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-460
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Spinal Disorders
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2000


  • Anteroposterior fusion
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spinal hyperlordosis


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