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Technique guides are not considered high yield topics for orthopaedic standardized exams including ABOS, EBOT and RC.
A 17-year-old gymnast presents with increasing lower back pain and lower extremity radiculopathy over the course of 1 year. The patient has attempted physical therapy, bracing, and steroid injections but continues to have constant pain. The patient opts to proceed with surgery. Which of the following statements is true?
L5-S1 posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation has the highest fusion rates
L4-S1 posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation and spondylolisthesis reduction has the lowest L5 nerve root injuries
L5-S1 anterior lumbar interbody fusion has the best functional outcomes
L5-S1 transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion has the lowest dural tear rates
Surgeon preference with most techniques having similar outcomes
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Figures A and B show a 33-year-old man with axial back pain and bilateral leg pain. Which of the following is the cause of this type of spondylolisthesis?
L5 arch congenital abnormality
Fatigue fracture of the pars interarticularis
Degenerative instability with intact pars interarticularis
Traumatic fracture with intact pars interarticularis
Pathologic local bone disease
A 64-year old female presents with severe low back pain and bilateral leg pain, worse on the right. An AP and lateral radiograph in extension are shown in Figures A and B respectively. After extensive nonoperative management fails to provide any significant pain relief, surgical intervention is performed. A laminectomy and instrumented fusion is performed and shown in Figure C. What would be the most likely neurologic deficit found in the postoperative period?
Weakness to ankle plantar flexion.
Weakness to great toe extension
Weakness to Hip Flexion
Loss of the patellar reflex
Bowel and bladder dysfunction saddle anesthesia
A correlation has been found between Pelvic Incidence (PI) and spondylolisthesis. Based on the angles X,Y, and Z shown in Figure A, B, and C, which of the following most accurately determines the Pelvic Incidence (PI) in this patient?
Angle Z + Angle Y
Angle X - Angle Y
Angle X - Angle Z
Studies have shown a direct relationship between pelvic incidence and isthmic spondylolisthesis, suggesting that pelvic anatomy has a direct influence on the development of this condition. Which angle in Figure A-E best illustrates the measurement of pelvic incidence.
Angle E (Figure A)
Angle X (Figure B)
Angle Z (Figure C)
Angle Y (Figure D)
Angle V (Figure E)
An adult patient with a grade I isthmic spondylolisthesis at L5-S1 is most likely to have weakness of the
flexor hallucis longus.
extensor hallucis longus.
You are seeing a 28-year-old female for lower back pain after she fell off a horse 2 days ago. She has no neurologic deficits. A lateral radiograph and axial CT scan are shown in Figures A and B, respectively. What is the most appropriate first line of treatment?
Observation, mobilization, and further treatment based on symptoms
Spinal casting and bed rest for 6 weeks
Thoracolumbosacral orthosis for 6-8 weeks
Open reduction and internal fixation
L5 to S1 posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation
A 26-year-old male presents with chronic back and bilateral leg pain that has not improved with extensive nonoperative management including physical therapy, oral medications, and corticosteroid injections. Radiographs are shown in Figure A. What is the most appropriate next step in treatment?
Placement of epidural spinal stimulator
Lumbar decompression alone
Lumbar decompression with L5 to S1 posterior lumbar fusion
Lumbar decompression, L4 to S1 posterior lumbar fusion, and anterior column support
Minimally invasive direct lateral interbody fusion with percutaneous pedicle screw placement