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European Spine Journal

, Volume 27, Supplement 3, pp 403–408 | Cite as

Extreme proximal junctional kyphosis—a complication of delayed lambdoid suture closure in Hajdu–Cheney syndrome: a case report and literature review

  • Colin Y. L. Woon
  • Steven M. Mardjetko
Case Report

Abstract

Purpose

To describe the manifestations, surgical treatment, and potential complications of Hajdu–Cheney syndrome (HCS), and the management of these complications.

Methods

The clinical presentation, management and outcome of HCS with severe osteoporosis and open skull sutures is presented, together with a literature review.

Results

A 20-year-old female with HCS underwent posterior occipitocervical fusion for symptoms of progressive basilar invagination. Because of delayed lambdoid suture closure, the stiff fusion construct lead to increased suture distraction, most notably in the upright (suture-open) position, with relief in the supine (suture-closed) position. This was successfully remedied with extension of the fusion construct anteriorly over the skull vertex to the frontal bones.

Conclusions

In patients with HCS and other conditions with delayed suture closure, the surgeon must be cognizant of the presence of mobility at the suture lines, and consider extending the fusion construct anteriorly over the skull vertex up to the frontal bones. Because of significant osteoporosis in these syndromes, multiple fixation points and augmentation with bone graft are important principles.

Keywords

Hajdu–Cheney syndrome Platybasia Calvarial sutures Wormian bones Cranial nerves 

Notes

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

None of the authors has any potential conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Illinois Bone and Joint InstituteMorton GroveUSA

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