Unilateral Bar

- Discussion:
     - unilateral bar is a common disorder and is likely to progress;
     - it is caused by failure of segmentation of posterior elements of two or more vertebrae on one side;
     - this anomaly carries a predictable poor prognosis & therefore a patient w/ this anomaly should undergo an immediate fusion;
           - becuase this deformity is relentlessly progressive, stabilization of spine by posterior in situ fusion is performed;

- Treatment:
     - fused area should incorporate entire bar and extend one mobile level above and below the bar

Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 12:31 pm