Treatment of Gibbus Deformity Associated with Myelomeningocele in the Young Child with Use of the Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPTR)

Smith, John T.; Novais, Eduardo
September 2010
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, American Volume;Sep2010, Vol. 92-A Issue 12, p2211
Academic Journal
Case Study
The article presents a case study of a 25-month-old girl with myelodysplasia due to severe gibbus deformity of her lower lumbar spine in the U.S. Medicine evaluation shows that her kyphosis measure 120 degrees on the upper right sitting of her lateral radiograph, while results of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan reveals that her entire spine had severe gibbus deformity. To address the problem, a bilateral Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPR) surgical treatment should be done.


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