Incidence and risk factors of postoperative neurologic decline after complex adult spinal deformity surgery: results of the Scoli-RISK-1 study.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Significant variability in neurologic outcomes after surgical correction for adult spinal deformity (ASD) has been reported. Risk factors for decline in neurologic motor outcomes are poorly understood. PURPOSE: The objective of the present investigation was to identify the risk factors for postoperative neurologic motor decline in patients undergoing complex ASD surgery. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: This is a prospective international multicenter cohort study. PATIENT SAMPLE: From September 2011 to October 2012, 272 patients undergoing complex ASD surgery were prospectively enrolled in a multicenter, international cohort study in 15 sites. OUTCOME MEASURES: Neurologic decline was defined as any postoperative deterioration in American Spinal Injury Association lower extremity motor score (LEMS) compared with preoperative status. METHODS: To identify risk factors, 10 candidate variables were selected for univariable analysis from the dataset based on clinical relevance, and a multivariable logistic regression analysis was used with backward stepwise selection. RESULTS: Complete datasets on 265 patients were available for analysis and 61 (23%) patients showed a decline in LEMS at discharge. Univariable analysis showed that the key factors associated with postoperative neurologic deterioration included older age, lumbar-level osteotomy, three-column osteotomy, and larger blood loss. Multivariable analysis revealed that older age (odds ratio [OR]=1.5 per 10 years, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.1-2.1, p=.005), larger coronal deformity angular ratio [DAR] (OR=1.1 per 1 unit, 95% CI 1.0-1.2, p=.037), and lumbar osteotomy (OR=3.3, 95% CI 1.2-9.2, p=.022) were the three major predictors of neurologic decline. CONCLUSIONS: Twenty-three percent of patients undergoing complex ASD surgery experienced a postoperative neurologic decline. Age, coronal DAR, and lumbar osteotomy were identified as the key contributing factors.

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Cited Authors

  • Fehlings, MG; Kato, S; Lenke, LG; Nakashima, H; Nagoshi, N; Shaffrey, CI; Cheung, KMC; Carreon, L; Dekutoski, MB; Schwab, FJ; Boachie-Adjei, O; Kebaish, KM; Ames, CP; Qiu, Y; Matsuyama, Y; Dahl, BT; Mehdian, H; Pellisé-Urquiza, F; Lewis, SJ; Berven, SH

Published Date

  • October 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 1733 - 1740

PubMed ID

  • 29452281

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1878-1632

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.spinee.2018.02.001


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States