Double Major Curves

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- Discussion:
    - frequently double curves balance out & do not produce cosmetic deformity;
    - they do not tend to progress unless > 60 deg at skeletal maturity;
    - operative indications:
           - marked progression of curves;
    - disadvantages of surgery:
           - instrumentation must be applied to almost the entire spine;
           - long spinal fusions may lead to:
                 - degenerative changes below level of fusion leading to chronic pain;
                 - pseudarthrosis
                 - loss of lordosis;
                 - kyphotic deformity:
                       - develops secondary to degeneration of the discs;
                       - esp common in females approaching menopause;
                       - because kyphosis may narrow of spinal canal, secondary spinal stenosis may also develop as well

Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Monday, August 29, 2011 3:48 pm