The progression of untreated lumbar kyphosis and the compensatory thoracic lordosis in myelomeningocele.

Radiographs of 37 patients with untreated lumbar kyphosis without congenital vertebral anomalies associated with myelomeningocele were analyzed. With an average interval between radiographs of 6.2 years, the kyphosis was noted to increase at a mean rate of 4.3 degrees per year without correlation to its initial magnitude. The compensatory lordosis was more… (More)