Is Expansion Thoracoplasty a Safe Procedure for Mobility and Growth Potential of the Spine? Spontaneous Fusion After Multiple Chest Distractions in Young Children

Yilgor C., Demirkiran G., AYVAZ M., YAZICI M.

JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC ORTHOPAEDICS, vol.32, no.5, pp.483-489, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Background: Expansion thoracoplasty (ET) is claimed to be a spine-sparing procedure because of the fact that the spine is not exposed directly and intervention toward the spinal column is not performed. It is also recommended in cases of primary spine deformities without rib fusion/aplasia and when the primary problem is not in the thorax itself. The aim of this study was to report spontaneous spinal fusion after multiple thoracic distractions in patients with congenital thoracospinal deformities who have undergone ET in early childhood.