Posterior fusion for Scheuermann's kyphosis

N. Y. Otsuka, J. E. Hall, J. Y. Mah

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Ten patients with Scheuermann's kyphosis were surgically treated with posterior spine fusion and Harrington heavy compression-rod instrumentation. This procedure relieved pain and deformity in all ten patients. The average follow-up period was 26.6 months. The average curve before surgery was 71.4° and at follow-up examination was 39.3°. The postoperative correction of kyphosis averaged 32° (45%), with an average loss of correction of 7.8°. Posterior fusion with Harrington heavy compression-rod instrumentation may prove to be the procedure of choice in Scheuermann's kyphosis that is severe but flexible on hyperextension with a curve greater than 65°.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-139
Number of pages6
JournalClinical orthopaedics and related research
Issue number251
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1990


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Otsuka, N. Y., Hall, J. E., & Mah, J. Y. (1990). Posterior fusion for Scheuermann's kyphosis. Clinical orthopaedics and related research, (251), 134-139.