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Meaningful improvement in HRQoL seen after spinal fusion for patients with non-ambulatory cerebral palsy

Meaningful improvement in HRQoL seen after spinal fusion for patients with non-ambulatory cerebral palsy
September 12, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — At the Scoliosis Research Society Annual Meeting, a presenter said that at 2-year follow-up after posterior spinal fusion for non-ambulatory cerebral palsy, one-third of patients demonstrated meaningful improvement in health-related quality of life.

“Radiographic parameters were not associated with clinical improvement at all,” Daniel J. Miller, MD, said during his presentation. “Patients who demonstrated a meaningful improvement tended to start with a lower preoperative [caregiver priorities and child health index of life with disabilities] CPCHILD score. This may suggest these patients may have more room for improvement from spinal fusion surgery.”

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