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Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2007 Oct;18(4):575-83.

Management of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

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  • 1Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, 88th Medical Group, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH 45433, USA.


This article outlines several critical areas in the contemporary evaluation and treatment of the adolescent patient who has idiopathic scoliosis. Highlights of the physical examination combined with key radiographic measurements provide a framework for the algorithm of operative versus nonoperative treatment. The basics of the Lenke classification system are presented in a step-by-step outline, and the surgical treatment options based on this classification are summarized. This article provides a core knowledge base to facilitate a more thorough comprehension of adolescent scoliosis and allow readers to understand emerging publications more readily.

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