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Reply to Commentary on “History of Spinal Neurosurgery and Spine Societies”

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Neurospine. 2021;18(1):254-255
Publication date (electronic) : 2021 March 31
doi : https://doi.org/10.14245/ns.2142236.118
1Department of Neurosurgery, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey, Izmir, Turkey
2Liaquat National Hospital & Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan
3Department of Neurosurgery, Humanitas University, Milan, Italy
4Department of Neurosurgery, L.T.M. Medical College, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India
5Department of Neurosurgery, Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China
6Department of Neurosurgery, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, United States
7Department of Neurosurgery, Ansan Hospital, Korea University Medical Center, Ansan, Korea
8Department of Neurosurgery, Osaka Medical College, Takatsuki, Japan
9Department of Neurosurgery, Tsukazaki Hospital, Hyogo, Japan
10Neurochirurgie CMCO Côte d’Opale St Martin, Boulogne, France
11President Continental Association of African Neurosurgical Socieites (CAANS), Nairobi, Kenya
12Department of Neurosurgery, Burdenko Institute, Moscow, Russian Federation
13Department of Neurosurgery, São Paulo State University, São Paulo, Brazil
14Department of Neurosurgery, El Bosque University, Bogota, Colombia
15Department of Neurosurgery, ABC Medical Center, Mexico, Mexico
16Department of Neurosurgery, Airlangga University, Surabaya, Indonesia
17Department of Neurosurgery, Kovai Medical Center, Tamilnadu, India
18University of the Philippines, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Bonifacio Global City, Philippines
19Department of Neurosurgery, Hospital Lusíadas, Porto, Portugal
20Department of Neurosurgery, University of Saarland, Homburg, Saar, Germany
21Department of Neurosurgery, University of Belgrade, Clinical Center of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia, Slovenia
22Department of Neurosurgery, Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, Netherlands
23Department of Neurosurgery, Nepal Medical College and Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu University, Kathmandu, Nepal
24Department of Neurosurgery, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
25Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Nigeria
26Neurosurgery Division, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Bamenda, Bambili, Cameroon
27Department of Neurosurgery, Bangabandhu Shiek Mujib Medical University, Dhka, Bangladesh
28Multi-profile Hospital “St Anna-Varna”, Medical University of Varna, Varna, Bulgaria
29Department of Neurosurgery, Hirslanden Klinik St. Anna Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland
30Memorial Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
31Medical University of Varna, Varna, Bulgaria
Corresponding Author Mehmet Zileli https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0448-3121 Department of Neurosurgery, Ege University, 1416 sok No 7 Kahramanlar, Izmir, Turkey Email: zilelim@gmail.com

To the editor

We thank Dr. Khattab and Bourghli for the letter in response to our paper “History of Spinal Neurosurgery and Spine Societies” [1]. In fact, this letter reflects the ongoing competition between the neuro and ortho-spine surgeons.

We have already mentioned the Egyptian Spine Association which is a combined effort of ortho and neurosurgery. We apologize for not mentioning the “Egyptian Spine Study Group” https://egyssg.hpgportal.com/ and “Egyptian Scoliosis Society.” The latter does not have a web page, but a face-book site only https://www.facebook.com/Egyspine/

The sentence “In Egypt, spine practice is done mostly by neurosurgeons.” is the observation of our coauthor Dr. Mohamed Mohi Eldin. Unfortunately, it is not supported by any statistical data or official numbers. On the other hand, the percentage of the practices mentioned by the authors from a survey cannot be taken as authentic data.

Besides, our paper has focused more on the history of spinal neurosurgery. We know that there are eminent international orthopedic spine surgeons in Egypt, who has added and still adding much to the practice and education of spine surgery. No one can ignore them or their great role and well-established existence.

We appreciate the interest of Dr. Khattab and Bourghli to our paper.

With best greetings


The authors have nothing to disclose.


1. Zileli M, Sharif S, Fornari M, et al. History of Spinal Neurosurgery and Spine Societies. Neurospine 2020;17:675–94.

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