How Does Thoracic Kyphosis Affect Patient Outcomes in Growing Rod Surgery
Schroerlucke S et al. – The study shows that growing rod surgery in patients with kyphosis more than 40° has significantly more general and implant complications than that in patients with normal thoracic kyphosis. Implant complications were more common in hyperkyphotic patients and increased linearly with increasing kyphosis. The most common implant complication was rod breakage. Patients with hyperkyphotic thoracic spines, particularly syndromic patients, must be monitored closely and parents should be counseled regarding the likelihood of future adverse events.