February 21, 2017
Investigators of this study found clinical factors, such as functional impairment, prompted patients with adult thoracolumbar scoliosis to undergo surgery; however, demographics and radiographic parameters did not sway the decision to undergo surgery or conservative treatment.
Researchers performed a retrospective evaluation of prospective data from an international multicenter database and identified 184 adults with untreated thoracolumbar/lumbar (TL/L) idiopathic curves. There were 94 patients who underwent conservative treatment and 90 patients who underwent surgery. Investigators assessed demographics, health-related quality of life questionnaires (HRQoL) and 14 radiological preoperative parameters.