Rosanna Savini

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This is a report on the natural history of 109 patients with infantile spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). All 18 children with the severe form died, as did five of the 52 with the intermediate form. Functional ability was more or less stable in the 47 living patients with the intermediate form, but 16 of the 39 with mild SMA lost the ability to walk.(More)
A total of 187 random cases of untreated idiopathic scoliosis, seen from a minimum of 15 to a maximum of 47 years after the end of growth, were reviewed. All curves increased after skeletal maturity (average progression: 0.4 degrees per year). Thoracic curves tend to progress more than lumbar, lumbar more than thoracolumbar, and thoracolumbar more than(More)
Osteoid osteomas and osteoblastomas have similar histologic characteristics, although their clinical course in the spine may be significantly different. At the authors' institution, spinal osteoblastomas constituted 46% (30/65) of all osteoblastomas treated. Sixteen of the lesions occurred in the lumbar spine (53%), eight in the thoracic spine, and six in(More)
Scoliosis, in particular kyphoscoliosis, is the most frequent bony abnormality in neurofibromatosis (up to 43 per cent). The most usually accepted aetiopathogenesis is a primary mesoblastic defect of the vertebrae, though other hypotheses exist. Hereditary factors have been shown to be present in about half the cases and the spinal deformity is almost(More)
The clinical features and the treatment results of 15 patients with solitary plasmacytoma of the spine observed in a 28-year period (1950-1977) are reported. The signs at presentation were back pain in 4 cases and spinal cord compression in 11 cases. Three of these patients had paraplegia. Radiologically, the alteration encountered was an osteolytic lesion(More)
Achondroplasia is the most common type of rhizomelic dwarfism. The abnormal spinal development of the achondroplastic dwarf can result in neurologic damage due primarily to the following two syndromes: lumbar spinal canal stenosis and thoracolumbar kyphosis. The authors report the cases observed at their institution, discussing the diagnosis and operative(More)
The authors carried out a study of respiratory function in seventy six patients suffering from severe scoliosis of different types; forty five idiopathic, sixteen poliemyelitic, ten congenital, and five neurofibromatosic. The age incidence was from a minimum of eleven years to a maximum of thirty three, with the average around fifteen years. The site of the(More)
Marfan's syndrome is an hereditary disorder of the connective tissue which in its most classic form includes cardiovascular, ocular and skeletal manifestaions. Scoliosis is frequently present (40-75 per cent); the type of curve is similar to that seen in idiopathic scoliosis, but progression is often much more severe. One of our patients, a woman aged(More)
After reviewing the international literature the authors present three new cases of osteoid osteoma with vertebral body localisation, two in the lumbar region, and one in the cervical region. This rare localisation necessitates the use of accurate instrumental techniques, based on radiography, scintigraphy, and in particular, CT scanning, in order to arrive(More)