Kai Chen, Jian Zhao, Yilin Yang, Xianzhao Wei, Ziqiang Chen, Ming Li, Xiao Zhai

August 2020, Volume 29, Issue 12, pp 2970 - 2979 Review Article Read Full Article 10.1007/s00586-020-06574-6

First Online: 25 August 2020


With the population aging, there is an associated rise in the prevalence of adult degenerative scoliosis (ADS). However, limited data were found to elaborate the trend of ADS research. Our study aims to investigate the global trend of ADS research in this decade.


ADS-related publications from 2010 to 2019 were extracted from the Web of Science and Medline database. Excel 2016, GraphPad Prism 6, and VOSviewer software were adopted to analyze the search results for number of publications, citation, and H-index.


A total of 1282 papers were included and were cited 16,770 times. The USA accounted for 40.41% of the articles, 60.35% of the citations, and the highest H-index of 51. China ranked second in total number of articles, third in citation frequency (1373), and fourth with an H-index of 18. The journal Spine (IF = 2.903, 2019) had the highest number of publications. Shaffery CI published the most articles in this field (40). Key words of ADS research were classified into three clusters: “Surgical technique,” “Mechanism,” and “Radiological parameter.” The “Radiological parameter” cluster became the most popular, and it came with the latest hot spots of “slope,” “cervical lordosis,” “mismatch,” and “PI-LL.”


Literature growth in ADS was rapidly expanding in this decade. The USA was the most productive country and also had a largest quantity of top authors and institutes, so that scholars can keep following and cooperated with. Radiological parameter was an emerging topic and might also be a hot spot in the near future.

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