1. Spine-fusion masses grow and of themselves cause minimal deformity.
2. In a child with tuberculous spondylitis, spine fusion can decrease or may prevent collapse of diseased vertebral bodies.
3. No residual pelvic defects were noted in these adults as a result of removal of iliac grafts from them as children.
4. Development of kyphosis may at times be the result of fatigue-stress fracture of the fusiomi mass with spontaneous repair occurring unnoted.
5. Paraplegia in a child, due to vertebral tuberculosis, demands spine fusion, not laminectomy or evacuation of abscess.
6. Tuberculosis of the spine in a child, adequately treated by spine fusion, can result in an excellent physical status in the adult (Fig. 25).
Copyright 1958 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated