Spine Disorders: Medical and Surgical Management

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Overview

An essential, one-stop reference guide to the evaluation and treatment of patients with cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine disease. Based on a course taught by these highly respected authors at the American Academy of Neurology's Annual Meeting, this volume gives concise descriptions of the anatomy of spine conditions; neurologic and physical findings; advice on diagnostic tests and when to order them; and medical and surgical treatment options. Commonly performed spinal procedures are also described, including the rapidly changing field of minimally invasive surgery. Pitfalls of evaluating and treating spine patients are highlighted, along with advice on how to approach the patient who does not improve or worsens after spine surgery. Spine Disorders: Medical and Surgical Management is an essential purchase for all practitioners in this field.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Celso Agner, MD, MS, MSc (Michigan Neurology Partners)
Description: The title of this book signals the authors' emphasis on the need for a multidisciplinary approach to spinal disorders. It is a unique approach to a common condition.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an open discussion of the medical and surgical management of spinal disorders in general. Although an interesting new concept and a worthy objective, the authors failed to meet their goals, providing a book that is partial to pain syndromes in the back and bypasses all other specialties and subspecialties involved in the care of patients with spinal conditions, such as orthopedic surgeons, radiologists, interventional neuroradiologists, and therapists.
Audience: Neurologists, neurosurgeons, and general practitioners are the main audience for this book. This audience is appropriate, but the book could have broadened its appeal by discussing the establishment of an accurate differential diagnosis leading to referrals to the right specialties, such as interventional neuroradiology for investigation and/or treatment of spinal shunts. The authors are experts in the field who have contributed extensively to the understanding of spinal disorders.
Features: The book has many positive aspects, including the sections on specific neurological examinations in spine disorders and on the surgical differential diagnosis in those situations. However, it comes up short in other areas, including the use of diagnostic evaluation tools and spinal angiography for diagnosis and/or embolization of spinal AVMs and shunts, as well as the role of interventional neuroradiology, intraoperative monitoring, physical and occupational therapy, and each field's specific contributions to the clinical improvement of these patients.
Assessment: This is an average book on spinal disorders. The concept and purpose are good and it would be a perfect fit in hospital libraries with neurological and neurosurgical services.
From the Publisher
"A perfect fit in hospital libraries with neurological and neurosurgical services."
—Doody's Review Service
From The Critics
Reviewer: Celso Agner, MD, MSc (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: The title of this book signals the authors' emphasis on the need for a multidisciplinary approach to spinal disorders. It is a unique approach to a common condition.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an open discussion of the medical and surgical management of spinal disorders in general. Although an interesting new concept and a worthy objective, the authors failed to meet their goals, providing a book that is partial to pain syndromes in the back and bypasses all other specialties and subspecialties involved in the care of patients with spinal conditions, such as orthopedic surgeons, radiologists, interventional neuroradiologists, and therapists.
Audience: Neurologists, neurosurgeons, and general practitioners are the main audience for this book. This audience is appropriate, but the book could have broadened its appeal by discussing the establishment of an accurate differential diagnosis leading to referrals to the right specialties, such as interventional neuroradiology for investigation and/or treatment of spinal shunts. The authors are experts in the field who have contributed extensively to the understanding of spinal disorders.
Features: The book has many positive aspects, including the sections on specific neurological examinations in spine disorders and on the surgical differential diagnosis in those situations. However, it comes up short in other areas, including the use of diagnostic evaluation tools and spinal angiography for diagnosis and/or embolization of spinal AVMs and shunts, as well as the role of interventional neuroradiology, intraoperative monitoring, physical and occupational therapy, and each field's specific contributions to the clinical improvement of these patients.
Assessment: This is an average book on spinal disorders. The concept and purpose are good and it would be a perfect fit in hospital libraries with neurological and neurosurgical services.
From The Critics
Reviewer:Celso Agner, MD, MSc(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description:The title of this book signals the authors' emphasis on the need for a multidisciplinary approach to spinal disorders. It is a unique approach to a common condition.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide an open discussion of the medical and surgical management of spinal disorders in general. Although an interesting new concept and a worthy objective, the authors failed to meet their goals, providing a book that is partial to pain syndromes in the back and bypasses all other specialties and subspecialties involved in the care of patients with spinal conditions, such as orthopedic surgeons, radiologists, interventional neuroradiologists, and therapists.
Audience:Neurologists, neurosurgeons, and general practitioners are the main audience for this book. This audience is appropriate, but the book could have broadened its appeal by discussing the establishment of an accurate differential diagnosis leading to referrals to the right specialties, such as interventional neuroradiology for investigation and/or treatment of spinal shunts. The authors are experts in the field who have contributed extensively to the understanding of spinal disorders.
Features:The book has many positive aspects, including the sections on specific neurological examinations in spine disorders and on the surgical differential diagnosis in those situations. However, it comes up short in other areas, including the use of diagnostic evaluation tools and spinal angiography for diagnosis and/or embolization of spinal AVMs and shunts, as well as the role of interventional neuroradiology, intraoperative monitoring, physical and occupational therapy, and each field's specific contributions to the clinical improvement of these patients.
Assessment:This is an average book on spinal disorders. The concept and purpose are good and it would be a perfect fit in hospital libraries with neurological and neurosurgical services.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521889414
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/23/2009
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

J. D. Bartleson M.D. is Associate Professor and Consultant in the Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA.

H. Gordon Deen M.D. is Professor and Consultant in the Department of Neurosurgery, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL, USA.

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Table of Contents

Preface; Glossary; 1. Introduction; 2. The cervical level; 3. The thoracic level; 4. The lumbar level; 5. Diagnostic testing in the patient with spine and limb pain; 6. When and to whom to refer your patients for spine surgery; 7. What to do when the patient has persistent or new symptoms following surgery; 8. Spinal imaging and diagnostic tests: considerations for surgical diagnosis and pre-operative planning; 9. Disorders of the cervical spine: pre-operative assessment and surgical management; 10. Disorders of the thoracic spine: pre-operative assessment and surgical management; 11. Disorders of the lumbar spine: pre-operative assessment and surgical management; 12. Minimally invasive spine surgery; 13. New technology in spine surgery; 14. Medical management of the spine surgery patient: pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative considerations; Appendix. Please don't make my mistakes.

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