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What is a harrington rod for your back used for?

What is a harrington rod for your back used for?

Harrington rods: These are old rods with hooks which were used to attach multiple segments of the spine by a single hook above and a single hook below. 2 rods were usually used. These were used to correct abnormal curvature of the spine. Inflexible, they often broke or came unhooked. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have harrington rod?

What does it mean to have harrington rod?

A spine fusion : Harrington rods were developed to treat scoliosis over 50 years ago. Prior to their development, people having scoliosis surgery had a bone graft placed on the spine and had to be held in bed and in a body cast for months up to a year! the use of the rod aided in the correction &maintenence of the correction of scoliosis & a better fusion while mobilizing the person in cast and later in a brace. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism. Is it safe to have a CT scan w/ contrast? If an MRI alternative? I also have a Harrington Rod in my back. Any alternative.

I have hypothyroidism.  Is it safe to have a CT scan w/ contrast?  If an MRI  alternative? I also have a Harrington Rod in my back. Any alternative.

Thyroid and CT: If your hypothyroidism is appropriately treated there is nothing to worry about. If you do not have renal impairment, then the use of contrast should be safe. Every test, including a CT, is a balance of risks and benefits. If you need the CT, then go with your doctor's advice. ...Read more

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I have broken harrington rods in my back, unbearable pain & fear an surgery, im also suspecting fybromyalgia . Or are all the muscles aching from rods?

I have broken harrington rods in my back, unbearable pain & fear an surgery, im also suspecting fybromyalgia . Or are all the muscles aching from rods?

Complex: Your situation sounds complex enough to warrant an evaluation with a spine surgeon or two ( for a second opinion). A pain specialist may also be a reasonable person to speak with regarding your pain in general and fibromyalgia in particular. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have harrington rod?

A spine fusion : Harrington rods were developed to treat scoliosis over 50 years ago. Prior to their development, people having scoliosis surgery had a bone graft placed on the spine and had to be held in bed and in a body cast for months up to a year! the use of the rod aided in the correction &maintenence of the correction of scoliosis & a better fusion while mobilizing the person in cast and later in a brace. ...Read more

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What is a harrington rod for your back used for?

Harrington rods: These are old rods with hooks which were used to attach multiple segments of the spine by a single hook above and a single hook below. 2 rods were usually used. These were used to correct abnormal curvature of the spine. Inflexible, they often broke or came unhooked. ...Read more

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When is it necessary to?Take out a harrington rod?

Multiple reasons: Some of these are: rod breaks rod comes unhooked fusion fails rod becomes painful any problem with the rod or hook. ...Read more

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How rare is it for a harrington rod to start ?Poking through surface of skin?

How rare is it for a harrington rod to start ?Poking through surface of skin?

Not really rare: The tip can start to protrude through the skin surface as the muscle atrophies around the rod or if the tip comes unhooked or rod breaks, it can press against the skin causing the skin to thin and the tip protrudes. ...Read more