Tandem spinal stenosis (TSS) is defined as significant spinal stenosis occurring in two different regions of the spine. TSS typically involves both the cervical and lumbar regions. The primary manifestations of TSS include intermittent neurological claudication, progressive gait disturbance, and mixed symptoms and signs of the upper and lower extremities. These patients typically present with both upper and lower neurologic findings on examination. While spinal decompressive procedures for isolated regional spinal stenosis are very common in the adult population, there is a paucity of existing literature addressing the surgical management of symptomatic combination stenosis in different regions of the spine.
Citation: Molinari RW, Gruhn WL, Molinari C (2015) Tandem Spinal Stenosis (TSS): Literature Review and Report of Patients Treated with Simultaneous Decompression. J Spine 4:200.