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Sean N. Neifert, Lauren K. Grant, Jonathan J. Rasouli, Ian Thomas McNeill, Samuel K. Cho and John M. Caridi

This report describes a 42-year-old man who presented with an α-type spinal deformity with a Cobb angle of 224.9° and associated spinal cord rotation greater than 90°. Preoperative imaging revealed extensive spinal deformity, and 3D modeling confirmed the α-type nature of his deformity. Intraoperative photography demonstrated spinal cord rotation greater than 90°, which likely contributed to the patient’s poor neurological status. Reports of patients with Cobb angles ≥ 100° are rare, and to the authors’ knowledge, there have been no published cases of adult α-type spinal deformity. Furthermore, very few cases or case series of spinal cord rotation have been published previously, with no single patient having rotation greater than 90° to the authors’ knowledge. Given these two rarities presenting in the same patient, this report can provide important insights into the operative management of this difficult form of spinal deformity.

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Sheeraz Qureshi, Vadim Goz, Steven McAnany, Samuel K. Cho, Andrew C. Hecht, Rick B. Delamarter and Michael G. Fehlings

Object

Cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) of medical interventions has become increasingly relevant to the discussion of optimization of care. The use of utility scales in CEA permits a quantitative assessment of effectiveness of a given intervention. There are no published utility values for degenerative disc disease (DDD) of the cervical spine, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), or cervical disc replacement (CDR). The purpose of this study was to define health utility values for those health states.

Methods

The 36-Item Short Form Health Survey data from the ProDisc-C investigational device exemption study were obtained for single-level DDD at baseline and 24 months postoperatively after ACDF or CDR procedures. Patients in the original study were randomized to either ACDF or CDR. Utilizing a commercially available Short Form–6 dimensions program, utility scores were calculated for each health state using a set of parametric preference weights obtained from a sample of the general population using the recognized valuation technique of standard gamble.

Results

The baseline health state utility (HSU) value for a patient with single-level DDD was 0.54 in both the ACDF and CDR groups. Postoperative changes in HSU values were seen in both intervention groups at 24 months. Cervical disc replacement had a HSU value of 0.72. Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion was found to have a postoperative utility state of 0.71. No statistically significant difference was found in the HSU for ACDF and CDR at 24 months of follow-up.

Conclusions

This study represents the first calculated HSU value for a patient with single-level cervical DDD. Additionally, 2 common treatment interventions for this disease state were assessed. Both treatments were found to have significant impact on the HSU values. These values are integral to future CEA of ACDF and CDR.