Expert's comment concerning grand rounds case entitled "surgical treatment of a 180° thoracolumbar fixed kyphosis in a young achondroplastic patient: a one stage 'in situ' combined fusion and spinal cord translocation" (by J. C. Aurégan, T. Odent, M. Zerah, J.-P. Padovani and C. Glorion).
An expert comment is provided for the case of an 18-year-old male achondroplastic patient with a severe thoracolumbar kyphosis and spinal stenosis managed with a five level hemilaminotomy, a decancellation osteotomy of the three apical vertebrae and circumferential fusion. A review incidence, presenting symptoms and treatment options for thoracolumbar kyphosis in adults with achondroplasia, is provided.
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