Charla R. Fischer, Yongjung Kim

July 2011, Volume 20, Issue 7, pp 1048 - 1057 Review Article Read Full Article 10.1007/s00586-011-1730-9

First Online: 09 March 2011

Selective fusion of thoracic and thoracolumbar/lumbar curves in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is a concept critically debated in the literature. While some surgeons strongly believe that a more rigid and straighter spine provides predictably excellent outcomes, some surgeons recommend a mobile and less straight spine. This topic is a crucial part of surgical treatment of idiopathic scoliosis, particularly in young patients who will deal with the stress of the fusion mass at the proximal and distal junctions over many years. This study will review the literature on various aspects of selective fusion.

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