Ron Gurel, Dror Ovadia, David E. Lebel, Leonid Zeitlin, Amit Sigal

March 2022, pp 1 - 7 Original Article Read Full Article 10.1007/s00586-022-07179-x

First Online: 23 March 2022


The purpose of this study is to present the outcomes all patients with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) who underwent cementless posterior spinal fusion for the treatment of severe spine deformity in our institution.


All patients with OI who underwent surgical correction of their spine deformity in our institution between 2003 and 2020 were enrolled. The collected data included demographics, operative and follow-up findings, medical history, bisphosphonate therapy, HGT protocol, pre- and post-HGT and postoperative scoliosis and kyphosis curve measurements, hospitalization length, complications, and revision surgeries. General treatment strategies included cessation of bisphosphonate therapy around the surgery, 30-day HGT protocol, titanium rods, cementless screw technique, and a high implant density policy.


Eleven consecutive patients with OI who underwent surgery for spine deformity in our institution were identified. The mean age at surgery was 15.6 ± 2.3. Mean follow-up period was 6.6 ± 5.8 years. The mean pre- and postoperative scoliosis curves were 85.4 ± 19.3° and 43.1 ± 12.5°, respectively, representing a 49.5% correction rate. Five patients underwent HGT and achieved a mean correction of 27.6 ± 7.1° (31.6%) preoperatively. Implant density ratio was 1.5 (screw or hook/level). Mean postoperative hospitalization length was 5.9 ± 1.6 days. One patient had deep wound infection which resolved following treatment according to our protocol for surgical site infection, and one patient had skull penetration by one of the halo pins.


Surgical treatment of severe spine deformity in OI patients with cementless posterior spinal fusion is safe and effective after applying a specific preoperative strategy.

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