Differential Diagnosis in Spine Surgery Alexander R Vaccaro, John D Koerner, Daniel H Kim
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Editors John D Koerner MD New Jersey Spinal Medicine and Surgery Maywood, Glen Rock, New Jersey Department of Orthopedic Surgery Hackensack University Medical Center Hackensack, New Jersey, USA Alexander R Vaccaro MD PhD MBA President, Rothman Institute Professor and Chairman Department of Orthopedic Surgery Professor of Neurosurgery Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Daniel H Kim MD FAANS FACS Professor, Director of Spinal Neurosurgery Reconstructive Peripheral Nerve Surgery Director of Microsurgical Robotic Lab. Department of Neurosurgery University of Texas Houston, Texas, USA Forewords Kern SinghMD
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I dedicate this book to my parents for their encouragement and support.
John D Koerner
I dedicate this book to my three children Alex, Juliana and Christian.
They are my heart and soul and the reason I enjoy the work we do in educating future generations of spinal care physicians.
Alexander R Vaccaro
I dedicate this book to my wife Anslie and my children Elise, Rebecca, Sarah and Isaiah.
Daniel H Kim
7Contributors 11Foreword
Spinal disorders are among the most common reasons patients present to clinicians. The differential diagnosis for these pathologies includes a wide spectrum of disorders encompassing multiple organ systems. Being able to thoroughly and efficiently evaluate patients is imperative for the busy clinician. This book provides a systematic approach to patients presenting with the most common spine and non-spine related disorders. In addition, this textbook details the appropriate workup for less commonly evaluated pathologies and their clinical nuances. Clearly, this treatise provides essential information for trainees as well as the experienced clinician in handling spinal and non-spinal pathologies.
Kern Singh MD
Associate Professor
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Rush University Medical Center
Co-Director Minimally Invasive Spine Institute at Rush
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Neck and back pain are among the most common reasons patients seek medical attention. Evaluating these issues in an efficient and thorough manner are key for the busy clinician. This book describes some of the most common reasons patients with spinal pathology present to physicians, and explains the differential diagnosis and appropriate workup for each condition. The most common diagnoses are described in detail, along with red-flags to be aware of. The spine clinician should be aware of non-spine pathologies that may present with neck or back pain, and how to initiate the appropriate workup. This book will be helpful to spine and non-spine clinicians in reaching a diagnosis for patients presenting with neck and back related complaints.
John D Koerner MD
Alexander R Vaccaro MD PhD MBA
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