Database of Scheuermann’s Kyphosis

Full Title of Study

Prospective Database of Scheuermann’s Kyphosis

Purpose of Study

Scheurmann’s kyphosis (SK) is characterized by rigid dorsal kyphosis associated with endplate irregularities, Schmorl’s nodes, and a minimum wedging of three adjacent vertebrae at 5 degrees or greater. There are few studies on the surgical treatment of SK using modern segmental spinal instrumentation and current surgical approaches. The purpose of this study is to compare outcomes of patients with SK treated surgically and nonsurgically.

Basic Inclusion Criteria (requirements for being included in study)

  • Age 25 years or younger
  • Diagnosis of classic SK (three successive vertebrate wedged 5 degrees or more, presence or absence of endplate deformities), or idiopathic structural kyphosis (rigid structural kyphosis without classic SK findings)
  • Patients being treated surgically to prevent progression of curvature or to correct trunk deformity
  • Patients who have had a preoperative MRI

Basic Exclusion Criteria (reasons for being excluded from study)

  • Patients with previous surgical treatment for kyphosis, scoliosis, or spondylolisthesis
  • Any neuromuscular comorbidity
  • Postlaminectomy kyphosis

Study Visit Requirements

Postoperative visits when first erect and at 1 and 2 years

Principal Investigator

Baron Lonner, MD

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For more information about enrolling in this study, please contact Alexandra Lee, or 212-598-6114