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A prevalence study of thoracic scoliosis in Chilean patients aged 10–20 years using chest radiographs as a screening tool

Urrutia, Julio; Besa, Pablo; Bengoa, Francisco

Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B: March 2018 - Volume 27 - Issue 2 - p 159–162
doi: 10.1097/BPB.0000000000000466
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To determine the prevalence of thoracic scoliosis in patients 10–20 years old using radiographs as a screening tool, we studied 783 patients who obtained chest radiographs for nonspinal reasons. We measured thoracic curvature in coronal and sagittal planes; we determined whether age, sex, and sagittal curvature predicted the coronal curvature. The prevalence of scoliosis was 9.3%: 7.0% had curvatures 10°–20°; 1.0% had curvatures 20°–30°; and 1.3% had curvatures of at least 30°. Females (13%) presented larger prevalence of scoliosis than males (4.8%) (P<0.01), also with a larger proportion of larger curvatures. Sex and thoracic kyphosis were independent predictors of the coronal curvature, age was not.

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Correspondence to Julio Urrutia, MD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Diagonal Paraguay 362, Santiago 8330077, Chile Tel: +56 2 2354 3467; fax: +56 2 2354 6847; e-mail: jurrutia@med.puc.cl

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