Fusionless procedures for the management of early-onset spine deformities in 2011: what do we know?

Akbarnia B. A., Campbell R. M., Dimeglio A., Flynn J. M., Redding G. J., Sponseller P. D., ...More

JOURNAL OF CHILDRENS ORTHOPAEDICS, vol.5, no.3, pp.159-172, 2011 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11832-011-0342-6
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.159-172
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


While attempts to understand them better and treat them more effectively, early-onset deformities have gained great pace in the past few years. Large patient series with long follow-ups that would provide high levels of evidence are still almost non-existent. That there is no safe treatment algorithm defined and agreed upon for this patient population continues to pose a challenge for pediatric spine surgeons. In this review, authors who are well known for their research and experience in the treatment of early-onset scoliosis (EOS) have come together in order to answer those questions which are most frequently asked by other surgeons. The most basic eight questions in this field have been answered succinctly by these authors and a current overview is provided.