Pelvic Fixation of Growing Rods Comparison of Constructs

Sponseller P. D., Yang J. S., Thompson G. H., McCarthy R. E., Emans J. B., Skaggs D. L., ...More

SPINE, vol.34, no.16, pp.1706-1710, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 16
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/brs.0b013e3181ab240e
  • Journal Name: SPINE
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1706-1710
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Study Design. Retrospective review. Objective. To analyze outcomes and complications of growing rods fixed to the pelvis. Summary of Background Data. Growing systems with pelvic foundations are used for neuromuscular/syndromic scoliosis. There is little data comparing different constructs. This project analyzed the outcomes and complications of this population. Methods. Records/radiographs of 36 patients from the Growing Spine database with growing rods anchored in the pelvis were studied. Diagnoses included spinal muscular atrophy-6, cerebral palsy-5, myelomeningocele-5, congenital-4, arthrogryposis-1, and miscellaneous/syndromic15. Age at surgery was 6.8 +/- 3 years. Preoperative curve was 86 degrees +/- 22 degrees and pelvic obliquity was 27 degrees +/- 11 degrees. Follow-up was 40 +/- 23 months. Rod breakage rate was compared to that of 299 patients not fixed to the pelvis.