Congenital abnormalities of the thoracic and lumbar spine.


Journal Article (Review)

Congenital spinal anomalies entail a wide spectrum of conditions that share in common some form of error during embryogenesis. Congenital disorders of the spine may not always be readily apparent at birth; they can present as a deformity with growth or with clinical signs of neurologic dysfunction early or later as an adolescent or adult. In this article the authors briefly summarize the embryology of the spine, which provides a background for understanding the pathophysiology of congenital spinal lesions. The discussion entails spine embryology and the developmental abnormalities commonly seen in the thoracolumbar spine.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Oskouian, RJ; Sansur, CA; Shaffrey, CI

Published Date

  • July 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 479 - 498

PubMed ID

  • 17678750

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17678750

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-1349

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States