Early definitive spinal fusion in young children: what we have learned.

@article{Karol2011EarlyDS,
  title={Early definitive spinal fusion in young children: what we have learned.},
  author={Lori A. Karol},
  journal={Clinical orthopaedics and related research},
  year={2011},
  volume={469 5},
  pages={1323-9}
}
BACKGROUND Early-onset scoliosis, when left untreated, leads to severe deformity. Until the last decade, treatment of progressive curves in young children often consisted of definitive spinal fusion. The recognition of thoracic insufficiency syndrome associated with definitive early fusion has led to the development of new surgical techniques developed to preserve spinal and thoracic growth in young patients with progressive scoliosis. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES We asked: (1) Does early definitive… CONTINUE READING

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