Paraplegia following surgical correction of scoliosis with Cotrel- Dubousset instrumentation

Z. Bar-On, G. Zeilig, N. Blumen, A. Ohry*, M. Azaria

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Three patients with paraplegia following corrective surgery for idiopathic scoliosis, using the Cotrel-Dubousset (CD) instrumentation, were admitted to our department over a period of 22 months. They were operated on by three different surgeons and they were the first serious neurological complications in these surgeons' careers. The monitoring method was the 'wake-up' test, applied at the end of the correction maneuver with the instrument. One patient presented paraplegia at the 'wake-up' test and the other two were paraplegic shortly after ceasing anesthesia. Electrophysiological spinal cord monitoring during surgery may reduce the risks of complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-34
Number of pages3
JournalBulletin: Hospital for Joint Diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • CD instrumentation
  • scoliosis surgery
  • spinal cord injury
  • spinal monitoring


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