Jamie C Brown

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From 1965 to 1987, 84 spinal muscular atrophy patients were followed at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center (RLAMC). Twenty-seven patients were excluded from this study due to insufficient medical documentation (16), lack of follow-up (5), and death (6); leaving 57 patients in the general study group. Group I (34 patients) had posterior spinal fusion (PSF)(More)
Of 41 patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, no ambulatory patient had scoliosis greater than 19 degrees. Non-ambulatory patients were prophylactically placed in body jackets, which kept the spine flexible and provided adequate support for sitting in the majority of patients. Ten patients had posterior spine fusion for progressive spinal collapse. The(More)
Between 1954 and 1970, 351 patients with severe paralytic scoliosis were treated at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital. During this time the treatment evolved through five stages: body cast alone, halo cast, halo cast with buttons and traction wires, Harrington instrumentation, and finally preoperative halo-femoral traction and Harrington instrumentation.(More)
Transcutaneous lateral electrical muscle stimulation is demonstrated to be a reasonable alternative to bracing in the treatment of progressive, mild-to-moderate idiopathic scoliosis. Stimulation is applied nightly during sleep, through surface electrodes, on the convex side of the curve, evoking muscle contractions which cause correction of the curvature.(More)
Spinal muscular atrophy patients present with weakness, greater in the proximal muscles, leading to scoliosis and limited upper extremity function. The purpose of this study is to identify unique aspects of these patients and to understand how spinal fusion affects their function. Forty patients underwent Harrington or Luque rod instrumentation with(More)
The benefits of achieving rigid internal fixation and eliminating the need for postoperative external orthotic support with L-rod spinal instrumentation made it desirable for use in the surgical treatment of neuromuscular scoliosis. From May 1981 to May 1985, 31 severely involved cerebral palsy patients with progressive spinal deformity underwent posterior(More)
When a calcific deposit in the shoulder, hip or elbow ruptures, it results in severe pain and tenderness. Few clinicians are aware that the longus colli muscle of the neck is also subject to acute tendinitis. When it occurs, the pain and spasm mimic infectious spondylitis or meningitis. Four patients are presented with acute tendinitis of the longus colli(More)
An intact segment of autologous fibula provides a strong, physiologic, anterior support in the surgical treatment of short segment kyphosis. In this series of 20 patients, only 3 had no signs of spinal cord injury. Correction averaged 20 degrees. At an average follow-up of 2.2 years, 9 degress of the previously obtained correction were maintained, including(More)
Lateral electrical surface stimulation (LESS) for the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis has been applied to 548 patients by 54 principal investigators in North America and Western Europe. The purpose of the multicenter investigation was to determine whether this noninvasive stimulation technique alone is a viable alternative to bracing in routine clinical(More)
Of 294 patients with cerebral palsy seen from 1960 to 1972, forty-two had clinically significant lumbar and thoracolumbar scoliosis (31 to 135 degrees) and thirty-three were treated by spine surgery: ten by Harrington instrumentation and posterior spine fusion, eighteen by the Dwyer procedure and anterior fusion, and five by a two-stage combined anterior(More)