The classic treatment for patients with Lenke 5C thoracolumbar/lumbar adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is no longer the best acceptable treatment option, according to results of a recent study.
Investigators from the United Kingdom found posterior spine fusion with pedicle screw instrumentation was effective in their study of 72 patients who had 2 years follow-up and 80% mean curve correction. In an article about their findings in the April issue ofOrthopaedics Today Europe
, they discuss five preoperative radiographic parameters that can help physicians determine if it is necessary to extend the fusion distal to the caudal Cobb level. Click here
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