Does spinal fusion influence quality of life in neuromuscular scoliosis?

Journal Article

STUDY DESIGN. Systematic literature review of articles pertaining to quality of life (QOL) in neuromuscular scoliosis patients that underwent spinal fusion. OBJECTIVE. To determine if QOL is improved by scoliosis surgery in neuromuscular patients. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA. The primary focus of most prior studies on neuromuscular scoliosis has been on the technical correction of spinal deformities, and not the child's postoperative performance and function in activities of daily living. METHODS. Computer-based English literature search of Google and PubMed databases. RESULTS. A total of 198 publications in the English literature between 1980 and 2006 were identified from a PubMed and Google Scholar search of QOL in neuromuscular scoliosis patients that underwent spinal fusion. CONCLUSION. Spinal fusion improves QOL in CP (Grade C recommendation). Spinal fusion improves QOL in muscular dystrophy (Grade C recommendation). Spinal fusion does not improve QOL in spina bifida (Grade C recommendation). © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mercado, E; Alman, B; Wright, JG

Published Date

  • 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 19 SUPPL.

Start / End Page

  • S120 - S125

PubMed ID

  • 17728678

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0362-2436

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/BRS.0b013e318134eabe