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Autogenous tibial strut grafts used in anterior spinal fusion for severe kyphosis and kyphoscoliosis.

Authors
  • Yu, Warren D
  • Bernstein, Robert M
  • Watts, Hugh G
Type
Published Article
Journal
Spine
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2003
Volume
28
Issue
7
Pages
699–705
Identifiers
PMID: 12671358
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Autogenous tibial strut grafts provide physical advantages over commonly used iliac crest, rib, and fibula grafts. The tibia provides dense cortical bone with ample length and mechanical strength, although the actual strength of each strut was not measured directly. In this study, adequate correction was maintained throughout an average follow-up period of 3.9 years, and solid fusion was obtained in all cases. The results indicate that this technique offers a reliable means of providing anterior support in the management of severe kyphosis with virtually no donor-site morbidity. Although the number of patients in this review was limited, the authors believe that anterior autogenous tibial struts are an excellent alternative for the treatment of severe kyphosis and kyphoscoliosis.

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