Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research ®

A Publication of The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons ®

Symposium: Early Onset Scoliosis 11 articles


Expansion Thoracoplasty Affects Lung Growth and Morphology in a Rabbit Model: A Pilot Study

J. Casey Olson MS, Kyle C. Kurek MD, Hemal P. Mehta MS, Matt L. Warman MD, Brian D. Snyder MD, PhD

Thoracic insufficiency syndrome represents a novel form of postnatal restrictive respiratory disease occurring in children with early-onset scoliosis and chest wall anomalies. Expansion thoracoplasty improves lung volumes in children with thoracic insufficiency syndrome; however, how it affects lung development is unknown.

Surgical Technique: Modern Luqué Trolley, a Self-growing Rod Technique

Jean Ouellet MD, FRCSC

The challenge when managing early-onset scoliosis (EOS) is to prevent curve progression while maintaining spinal growth. Current surgical treatments (growing rods, VEPTR) require repetitive interventions to lengthen the implants.

Does Removing the Spinal Tether in a Porcine Scoliosis Model Result in Persistent Deformity?: A Pilot Study

Ashish Patel MD, Frank Schwab MD, Renaud Lafage BS, Virginie Lafage PhD, Jean Pierre Farcy MD

Using a tethering technique, a porcine model of scoliosis has been created. Ideally, tether release before placement and evaluation of corrective therapies would lead to persistent scoliosis.

VEPTR™ Growing Rods for Early-onset Neuromuscular Scoliosis: Feasible and Effective

Klane K. White MD, MSc, Kit M. Song MD, MHA, Nathan Frost MD, Brian K. Daines MD

The Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPTR™; Synthes North America, West Chester, PA) reportedly controls spinal deformity associated with constrictive chest wall conditions.

Bilateral Rib-to-pelvis Technique for Managing Early-onset Scoliosis

John T. Smith MD

Early-onset scoliosis describes progressive spinal deformity of varying etiologies in the growing child. The management of early-onset scoliosis is challenging, with many treatment options but no conclusive evidence for the best treatment method.

Can VEPTR® Control Progression of Early-onset Kyphoscoliosis?: A Cohort Study of VEPTR® Patients With Severe Kyphoscoliosis

Kent Reinker MD, James W. Simmons DO, PhD, Vishwas Patil MD, Zachary Stinson MD

Kyphoscoliosis is considered a relative contraindication to treatment with the Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPTR; Synthes Inc, Paoli, PA). Nevertheless, patients do present with early-onset kyphoscoliosis and thoracic insufficiency syndrome, and no suitable alternative treatments are currently available. However, it is unclear whether VEPTRis reasonable for treating patients with kyphoscoliosis.

Early Definitive Spinal Fusion in Young Children: What We Have Learned

Lori A. Karol MD

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.

Structure-Respiration Function Relationships Before and After Surgical Treatment of Early-onset Scoliosis

Gregory J. Redding MD, Oscar H. Mayer MD

Spine and chest wall deformities in children with early onset scoliosis (EOS) frequently impair respiratory function and postnatal growth of the lung. While a relationship between deformity and such impairment has been reported in children with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis it is not well understood in children with early-onset scoliosis (EOS).

Neurocentral Synchondrosis Screws to Create and Correct Experimental Deformity: A Pilot Study

Hong Zhang MD, Daniel J. Sucato MD, MS

Unilateral pedicle screw epiphysiodesis of the neurocentral synchondrosis (NCS) can produce asymmetric growth of the synchondrosis to create scoliosis in an immature animal model.

Variability of Expert Opinion in Treatment of Early-onset Scoliosis

Michael G. Vitale MD, MPH, Jaime A. Gomez MD, Hiroko Matsumoto MA, David P. Roye MD

In contrast with treatment recommendations for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, there are no clear algorithms for treating patients with early-onset scoliosis. There has been rapid expansion of treatment options for children with early-onset scoliosis, including casting, growth rods, the vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib, and anterior vertebral stapling.