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harrington rods

My daughter had harrington rods placed in her back after a very bad car accident in 1991.  Recently she started to have severe pain;mostly in her legs.  She had been to many doctors but no one can give her a diagnosis; must pain meds.  Both rods are broken.  Could this be the reason.  I feel so bad for her.  Can you give her hope.  Thank you
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hello dear trickey,
Broken rods are not good. i hope those harrington rods are of Titanium. If it's of titanium , you can do a MRI. However if they are of steel, then you need to do a MDCT scan. The idea is to see whether it's causing any irritation to the nerve roots, etc. Also, i don't know from which level to which level are these rods implanted, as the reason of pain , may not be related to these broken rods, rather to a new pathology.

Regards

Can you tell me about the details of the first surgery?
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