Thoracic adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: Selection of fusion level

Mohammad I. Badra, David S. Feldman, Robert A. Hart

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Selection of the appropriate fusion levels in thoracic adolescent idiopathic scoliosis has been traditionally a subject of debate among surgeons. Landmarks that have been suggested include the end vertebra, stable vertebra and neutral vertebra. Various results have been reported with multiple theories proposed to explain them. The clinical appearance of the patient, the type of the curve and its flexibility, the surgical technique and the instrumentation used all seem to play major roles in selecting the appropriate levels of fusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-472
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Part B
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2010


  • classification
  • fusion level
  • instrumentation
  • neutral vertebra
  • stable vertebra
  • thoracic scoliosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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