Child's Nervous System

, Volume 33, Issue 6, pp 987–992 | Cite as

Absent pedicles in campomelic dysplasia

  • Michael M. McDowell
  • Ozgur Dede
  • Patrick Bosch
  • Elizabeth C. Tyler-Kabara
Case Report



The objective of the present study is to report a case of campomelic dysplasia illustrating the absence of cervical and thoracic pedicles. This report reiterates the importance of this clinical peculiarity in the setting of spine instrumentation.

Materials and methods

A 10-year-old female patient with campomelic dysplasia presented with progressive kyphoscoliosis and signs of neural compromise. Imaging studies confirmed thoracic level stenosis and demonstrated absence of multiple pedicles in cervical and thoracic spine. The patient underwent decompression and instrumentation/fusion for her spinal deformity.


The patient was instrumented between C2 and L4 with pedicle screws and sublaminar cables. However, pedicle fixation was not possible for the lower cervical and upper-mid thoracic spine. Also, floating posterior elements precluded the use of laminar fixation in the lower cervical spine. Cervicothoracic lumbosacral orthosis (CTLSO) was used for external immobilization to supplement the tenuous fixation in the cervicothoracic area. The patient improved neurologically with no signs of implant failure at the 2-year follow-up.


Absence of pedicles and floating posterior elements present a challenge during spine surgery in campomelic dysplasia. Surgeons should prepare for alternative fixation methods and external immobilization when planning on spinal instrumentation in affected patients.

Level of Evidence: Level IV Case Report


Skeletal dyplasia Dysplastic Pediatric Kyphoscoliosis Campomelic Camptomelic 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors have no conflicts of interest to report.


No funding was received.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael M. McDowell
    • 1
  • Ozgur Dede
    • 2
  • Patrick Bosch
    • 2
  • Elizabeth C. Tyler-Kabara
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Neurological SurgeryUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryChildren’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMCPittsburghUSA
  3. 3.Neurological Surgery, Bioengineering and Physical Medicine and RehabilitationChildren’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMCPittsburghUSA
  4. 4.Department of Neurological SurgeryChildren’s Hospital of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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