Emmanuelle Ferrero, Shaleen Vira, Christopher P. Ames, Khaled Kebaish, Ibrahim Obeid, Michael F. O’Brien, Munish C. Gupta, Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, Justin S. Smith, Gregory M. Mundis, Vincent Challier, Themistocles S. Protopsaltis, Frank J. Schwab, Virginie Lafage

October 2016, Volume 25, Issue 11, pp 3568 - 3576 Original Article Read Full Article 10.1007/s00586-015-4048-1

First Online: 31 May 2015


In adult spinal deformity (ASD), patients increase pelvic tilt (PT) to maintain standing alignment. Previously, ASD patients with low PT and high disability were described. This study investigates this unusual population in terms of demographic, radiographic, and clinical features after three-column osteotomy (3CO).


In this multicenter retrospective study, ASD patients underwent single lumbar 3CO. Since PT is proportional to pelvic incidence (PI), the low PT group (LowPT) was defined as having a baseline (BL) PT/PI <25th percentile. HRQOL and full spine x-rays were analyzed at BL and 1 year. LowPT patients were compared to those with high PT/PI (HighPT) in a matched range of T1 pelvic angle.


LowPT group had PT/PI <0.4 (n = 31). High disability was reported at baseline for both groups with significant improvement postoperatively, but without difference between groups. LowPT had significantly smaller lack lumbar lordosis but larger SVA, T1 spinopelvic inclination. Postoperatively, there were improvements in all sagittal modifiers except PT in LowPT. 33 % of LowPT had an increase in PT (>5°) postoperatively. This subset had more deformity at baseline, achieving good T1SPi postoperative correction but without achieving the SRS-Schwab target SVA at 1 year.


LowPT group had high levels of disability. After 3CO surgery, low PT patients experience only partial improvements in sagittal vertical axis (SVA) and 33 % of the group increased their PT. Further work is necessary to determine optimal realignment approaches for this unusual set of patients. It is unclear if neuromuscular pathology plays a role in the setting of high SVA without pelvic retroversion.

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