Horner's syndrome after posterior spinal fusion in a child: A case report

Kelly L. Mueller, Randall T. Loder, Eric R. Eggenberger, Frances A. Farley

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Study Design. A case report of a complication after posterior spinal fusion. Objectives. To present the clinical findings of a Horner's syndrome after posterior spinal fusion. Summary of Background Data. A 14-year-old girl underwent posterior spinal fusion for idiopathic scoliosis. Methods. Clinical examination and pharmacologic pupillary testing were used to diagnose Horner's syndrome. Results. After surgery, the patient developed a left-sided Horner's syndrome. The Horner's syndrome had resolved 6 months after surgery except for slight ptosis. Conclusions. This is the first reported case of Horner's syndrome occurring after posterior spinal fusion without the use of epidural analgesia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2836-2837
Number of pages2
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 1 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Horner's syndrome
  • Posterior spinal fusion
  • Scoliosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology

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