Spondylosis deformans is a type of spinal claw osteophytosis which can be found on the anterolateral vertebral bodies of any region, and which consists of protrusions of intervertebral disc tissue covered by a bony shell. We report here a case of thoracic spondylosis deformans and multilevel instrumented fusion found during routine dissection of a cadaver. Theories of the etiology of this condition are reviewed in general, and with respect to this specific case and the potential interaction of the presenting comorbidities. The clinical implications of these osteophytes, including musculoskeletal and visceral sequelae, are also discussed.
Amabile, Amy H; Shea, J Raymond; Desai, Vishal; Hoglund, Lisa T; Elcock, Jamie N; Lombardo, Anthony; and Schiffino, Matthew C, "A Case of Thoracic Spondylosis Deformans and Multilevel Instrumented Spinal Fusion in an 84-Year-Old Male." (2020). Department of Physical Therapy Faculty Papers. Paper 24.
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