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Vertebral body tethering for Lenke 1A curves: the lumbar modifier predicts less optimal outcomes – Lumbar Fusion

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This article discusses the use of the L4 “AR” and “AL” lumbar modifier in vertebral body tethering (VBT) for Lenke 1A idiopathic scoliosis (IS). The study reviewed a database of patients who underwent VBT for IS and had a minimum of 2 years follow-up. The results showed that AR curves were associated with a higher rate of less optimal VBT outcomes. Factors such as greater preoperative deformity, apical translation, larger coronal deformity, and failure to correct the deformity <30 degrees were also associated with less optimal outcomes. The study suggests that close attention should be given to LIV selection and achieving an initial coronal correction <30 degrees to minimize the risk of less optimal VBT outcomes Summarised by Mr Mo Akmal – Lead Spinal Surgeon
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INTRODUCTION: The addition of the L4 “AR” and “AL” lumbar modifier for Lenke 1A idiopathic scoliosis (IS) has been shown to direct treatment in posterior spinal fusion; however, its utility in vertebral body tethering (VBT) has yet to be evaluated.

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Spine Deform. 2024 Feb 10. doi: 10.1007/s43390-023-00815-6. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTINTRODUCTION: The addition of the L4 “AR” and “AL” lumbar modifier for Lenke 1A idiopathic scoliosis (IS) has been shown to direct treatment in posterior spinal fusion; however, its utility in vertebral body tethering (VBT) has yet to be evaluated.METHODS: A review of a prospective,

Spine Deform. 2024 Feb 10. doi: 10.1007/s43390-023-00815-6. Online ahead of print.

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INTRODUCTION: The addition of the L4 “AR” and “AL” lumbar modifier for Lenke 1A idiopathic scoliosis (IS) has been shown to direct treatment in posterior spinal fusion; however, its utility in vertebral body tethering (VBT) has yet to be evaluated.

METHODS: A review of a prospective, multicenter database for VBT in IS was performed for patients with Lenke 1A deformities and a minimum of 2 years follow-up. Patients were categorized by their lumbar modifier (AR vs AL). Less optimal VBT outcome (LOVO) was defined as a final coronal curve > 35°, lumbar adding-on, or revision surgery for deformity progression or adding-on.

RESULTS: Ninety-nine patients met inclusion criteria (81% female, mean 12.6 years), with 55.6% being AL curves. Overall, there were 23 instances of tether breakage (23.3%) and 20 instances of LOVO (20.2%). There was a higher rate of LOVO in AR curves (31.8% vs 10.9%, P = 0.01). Patients with LOVO had greater preoperative deformity, greater apical translation, larger coronal deformity on first erect radiographs, and less coronal deformity correction. Failure to correct the deformity < 30° on first erect was associated with LOVO, as was LIV selection short of the last touch vertebra (TV). Independent risk factors for LOVO included AR curves (OR 3.4; P = 0.04) and first erect curve magnitudes > 30 degrees (OR 6.0; P = 0.002).

DISCUSSION: There is a 20.2% rate of less optimal VBT following VBT for Lenke 1A curves. AR curves are independently predictive of less optimal outcomes following VBT and require close attention to LIV selection. Surgeons should consider achieving an initial coronal correction < 30 degrees and extending the LIV to at least the TV to minimize the risk of LOVO.

PMID:38340229 | DOI:10.1007/s43390-023-00815-6

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Spine Deform. 2024 Feb 10. doi: 10.1007/s43390-023-00815-6. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTINTRODUCTION: The addition of the L4 "AR" and "AL" lumbar modifier for Lenke 1A idiopathic scoliosis (IS) has been shown to direct treatment in posterior spinal fusion; however, its utility in vertebral body tethering (VBT) has yet to be evaluated.METHODS: A review of a prospective

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