Recurrent Proximal Junctional Kyphosis: Incidence, Risk Factors, Revision Rates, and Outcomes at 2-Year Minimum Follow-up.


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STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective comparative cohort study. OBJECTIVE: Assess the incidence, risk factors, and outcomes of recurrent proximal junctional kyphosis (r-PJK) in PJK revision patients. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Several studies have identified the incidence and risk factors for PJK after primary surgery. However, few studies have reported on PJK recurrence after revision for PJK. METHODS: A multicenter database of patients who underwent PJK revision surgery with minimum 2-year follow-up was analyzed. Demographic, operative, and radiographic outcomes were compared in patients with r-PJK and patients without recurrence no-Proximal Junctional Kyphosis (n-PJK). Postoperative Scoliosis Research Society-22r, Short Form-36, and Oswestry Disability Index were compared. Preoperative and most recent spinopelvic, cervical, and cervicothoracic radiographic parameters were compared. Univariate and multivariate analyses were used to determine r-PJK risk factors. A predictive model was formulated based on our logistic regression analysis. RESULTS: A total of 70 patients met the inclusion criteria with an average follow-up of 21.8 months. The mean age was 66.3 ± 9.4 and 80% of patients were women. Before revision, patients had a proximal junctional angle angle of -31.7° ± 15.9°. The rate of recurrent PJK was 44.3%. Logistic regression showed that pre-revision thoracic pelvic angle (odds ratio [OR]: 1.060 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.002; 1.121; P = 0.042) and prerevision C2-T3 sagittal vertical axis (SVA; OR: 1.040 95% CI [1.007; 1.073] P = 0.016) were independent predictors of r-PJK. Classification with these parameters yielded an accuracy of 72.7%, precision of 80.6%, and recall of 73.5%. When examining correction, or change in alignment with revision surgery, we found that change in SVA (OR: 0.981 95% CI [0.968; 0.994] P = 0.005) was the only predictor of r-PJK with accuracy of 66.7%, precision of 74.2%, and recall of 69.7%. CONCLUSION: Patients after PJK revision surgery had a recurrence rate of 44%. Logistic regression based on the prerevision variables showed that prerevision thoracic pelvic angle and prerevision C2-T3 SVA were independent predictors of r-PJK. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: 4.

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Cited Authors

  • Kim, HJ; Wang, S-J; Lafage, R; Iyer, S; Shaffrey, C; Mundis, G; Hostin, R; Burton, D; Ames, C; Klineberg, E; Gupta, M; Smith, J; Schwab, F; Lafage, V; International Spine Study Group,

Published Date

  • January 1, 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 1

Start / End Page

  • E18 - E24

PubMed ID

  • 31415460

Pubmed Central ID

  • 31415460

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1528-1159

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/BRS.0000000000003202


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States