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Pediatric Scoliosis and Kyphosis: An Overview of Diagnosis, Management, and Surgical Treatment

Sheehan, D. D.; Grayhack, J.

Pediatr Ann. 2017 Dec 12; 46(12):e472-e480


Evaluation of pediatric spinal deformity requires knowledge of special orthopaedic testing and radiographic interpretation. The determination of recommendations for treatment of spinal abnormalities in children can be challenging and at times complex, as treatment options are dependent upon a variety of factors. The etiology of scoliosis or kyphosis, presence or absence of vertebral anomalies, symptoms, magnitude of the curve, physiologic/skeletal age, and evidence of and risk of progression all require consideration and play a role in the shared decision-making process. This article provides an overview of relevant information and includes research outcomes to support the care of pediatric patients with spinal deformities. [Pediatr Ann. 2017;46(12):e472-e480.].

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