Choosing Fusion Levels in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Per David Trobisch J Am Acad Orthop SurgSeptember 2013vol. 21 no. 9 Abstract

Correct identification of fusion levels in surgical planning for the management of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is a complex task. Several classification systems and algorithms exist to assist surgeons in determining the appropriate levels to be instrumented. The Lenke classification is the benchmark system. Among the many factors and measurements that are taken into account when selecting the proper upper instrumented vertebra and lower instrumented vertebra are planning for selective fusion; preserving motion segments; preventing proximal and/or distal junctional kyphosis, shoulder imbalance, and neck pain; and maintaining short fusion lengths. Existing treatment algorithms do not account for every exception, and further research is required to improve long-term surgical outcomes.

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