Lung function asymmetry in children with congenital and infantile scoliosis.
Spine J. 2008 Jul-Aug;8(4):639-44
Authors: Redding G, Song K, Inscore S, Effmann E, Campbell R
Progressive scoliosis alters lung function by reducing chest wall compliance and excursion and rotating intrathoracic contents, producing an increasingly asymmetric lung size. The effect of this distortion on regional lung perfusion and ventilation has not been described in children with congenital and infantile forms of scoliosis. The severity of scoliosis is often described by the Cobb angle of the spine, but the relationship between Cobb angle and lung function asymmetry between concave and convex lungs has not been described in this group of children.
PMID: 17923444 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]