Spontaneous Lumbar Curve Correction Following Vertebral Body Tethering of Main Thoracic Curves.

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BACKGROUND: Growth modulation through anterior vertebral body tethering (AVBT) has emerged as a fusionless option for the treatment of progressive scoliosis. When tethering the main thoracic curve, the compensatory thoracolumbar/lumbar curve must correct indirectly as a result. The present study evaluated the response of these lumbar curves following AVBT of the main thoracic curves. METHODS: Patients who underwent thoracic AVBT and who had a minimum follow-up of 2 years were included. Magnitudes of the thoracic and lumbar curves were recorded preoperatively and at the first-erect and 2-year postoperative visits. Lumbar curves were further stratified according to their lumbar modifier (A, B, or C). Analysis of variance (ANOVA) and repeated-measures ANOVA were performed to compare correction rates, and the Pearson coefficient was utilized to determine the correlation between the tethered thoracic curve and uninstrumented lumbar curve magnitudes. RESULTS: A total of 218 patients were included. Thoracic curve correction was 40% at the first-erect visit and 43% at 2 years (p = 0.012). Lumbar correction was 30%, 26%, and 18% at the first-erect visit (p < 0.001 for all compared with preoperatively) and minimally changed at 31%, 26%, and 24% at 2 years for lumbar modifiers A, B, and C, respectively. A total of 118 patients (54%) showed thoracic curve improvement between the first-erect and 2-year visits. In a subgroup analysis, these patients had a correction in lumbar curve magnitude from preoperatively to the first-erect visit of 30%, 22%, and 16% for lumbar modifiers A, B, C, respectively, that increased to 42%, 34%, and 31% at 2 years, with strong correlation to thoracic correction at 2-year follow-up (r = 0.557, p < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Although there was immediate lumbar correction following AVBT of a main thoracic curve, further improvement following initial correction was only observed among patients with growth modulation of the thoracic curve. Considering all patients, the uninstrumented lumbar curve corrected 30% at 2 years and the instrumented thoracic curve corrected 40%. As indications for AVBT are refined, these data will provide insight into the response of the uninstrumented lumbar curve. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Therapeutic Level III . See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

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Cited Authors

  • Catanzano, AA; Newton, PO; Bastrom, TP; Bartley, CE; Parent, S; Miyanji, F; Hoernschemeyer, DG; Alanay, A; Blakemore, L; Neal, K; Lonner, B; Haber, L; Shah, SA; Yaszay, B; Harms Non-Fusion Study Group Investigators,

Published Date

  • September 21, 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 104 / 18

Start / End Page

  • 1629 - 1638

PubMed ID

  • 35852153

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1535-1386

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2106/JBJS.21.01500


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States