J. Vandenbroucke, A. van Ooy, C. Geukers, A. J. van der Linden, M. Hoogmartens

March 2005, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 273 - 277 Case Report Read Full Article 10.1007/BF01322451

First Online: 03 March 2005

We report two cases of dystrophic scoliosis in neurofibromatosis, each of particular interest. In the first, kyphosis was present with vertebral rotatory subluxation but no neurologic impairment, while the second patient showed manifest paraplegia due to rapidly progressive kyphoscoliosis. The importance of early surgical stabilisation, both front and back if possible, is stressed. Very sharp curves with progressive myelopathy should not be treated with halofemoral traction because of the potential danger of evoking permanent paraplegia.

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