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7 February 2012

Study: Anatomic Patterns Could Influence Appropriate Scoliosis Treatments

Written by  Kathleen Roney | February 06, 2012

According to a study published in Spine, different anatomic patterns of proximal thoracic curves could cause different altered positions of the esophagus relative to the spine and result in different potential risks of esophageal injuries during thoracic pedicle screw insertion.
Researchers took axial CT images from 20 patients with complete proximal thoracic curve, 22 patients with fractional proximal thoracic curve and 14 normal patients to evaluate the changed relative positions of esophagus in proximal thoracic curves of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients.

Key findings include:

•    Esophagus-vertebral angle was significantly smaller than that in the  normal group
•    EVA in the complete proximal thoracic group was significantly greater than in the normal group at each level.
•    The esophagus was at a high risk of injury with right anterior penetrated TPS in the CPT group.
•    Spine surgeons should choose appropriate pedicle screw length to avoid anterior cortical perforation in the PT region of AIS patients. 

About Dr Kevin Lau

Dr Kevin Lau DC is the founder of Health In Your Hands, a series of tools for Scoliosis prevention and treatment. The set includes his book Your Plan for Natural Scoliosis Prevention and Treatment, a companion Scoliosis Exercises for Prevention and Correction DVD and the innovative new iPhone application ScolioTrack. Dr Kevin Lau is a graduate in Doctor of Chiropractic from RMIT University in Melbourne Australia and Masters in Holistic Nutrition. He is a member of International Society On Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT), the leading international society on conservative treatment of spinal deformities. In 2006 I was awarded the "Best Health-care Provider Awards" by the largest Newspaper publication in Singapore on October 18 2006 as well as being interviewed on Primetime Channel News Asia as well as other TV and Radio. For more information on Dr Kevin Lau, watch his interviews or get a free sneak peek of his book, go to:

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