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    Spine journal abstracts of potential interest to folks in this sandbox

    Does a Long Fusion "T3-Sacrum" Portend a Worse Outcome than a Short Fusion "T10-Sacrum" in Primary Surgery for Adult Scoliosis?

    http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal...rse.98605.aspx

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    Complications and Risk Factors of Primary Adult Scoliosis Surgery: A Multicenter Study of 306 Patients

    http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal...ult.98651.aspx

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    Abnormal Leptin Bioavailability in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis - an Important New Finding

    http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal...ent.98701.aspx

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    Techniques for Operative Correction of Proximal Junctional Kyphosis (PJK) of the Upper Thoracic Spine

    http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal...mal.98733.aspx

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    (This one is interesting!) Musculoskeletal Disorders among spine surgeons: Results of a survey of the SRS membership

    http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal...s__.98785.aspx

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    Lumbar Curve is Stable after Selective Thoracic Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis A 20-Year Follow-up

    http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal...cic.98601.aspx

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    Yes, that one was interesting, but not surprising. My physiatrist complained of hand and wrist pain after treating me with multiple trigger point injections. I felt bad. These guys get a workout. They use hammers, chissels, and power tools just like the blue collar workers, only they have to stand in one spot practically the whole time! I for sure couldn't do it.

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    oh my gosh...i was told i need either T4-sacrum or T11-sacrum...

    i never considered EITHER ONE to be a "short" fusion!!!!
    they both sound pretty long to me!!

    if the spine is fused T3-sacrum, what is left to fuse?!!

    so what are they trying to tell us..shorter is better?
    that is assuming there is a choice!
    what about those with no choice...

    jess
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pooka1 View Post
    Abnormal Leptin Bioavailability in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis - an Important New Finding

    http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal...ent.98701.aspx
    I have seen this before....The leptin-hypothalamic SNS concept has been around for a few years.
    Again, hormones-brain abnormal growth.

    I hope they focus on this harder.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=htZ...liosis&f=false
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    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    I have seen this before....The leptin-hypothalamic SNS concept has been around for a few years.
    Again, hormones-brain abnormal growth.

    I hope they focus on this harder.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=htZ...liosis&f=false
    In that reference you posted, they say (p. 213) "there is direct evidence suggesting a primary disturbance of vertebral growth plates in scoliosis." I didn't know that. If that stands then that might narrow the field of etiology hypotheses down considerably. The great preponderance of AIS in girls around puberty seems to be a smoking gun pointing to the interaction of hormones (leptin-hypothalmic SNS stuff) and the central nervous system on growth. Any hypothesis that doesn't address that or tries to reduce it to a coincidence is not likely to be right but not my field and what do I know?
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    Sharon,

    It can narrow it down, but still its extremely complex.

    It seems that growing bone at controlled rates is one of the issues here. The neuro-osseous dilemma.

    It mentions lower in the book that they need more MRI brain studies of different curve types.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 59, the new 55...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Oh hey I never meant to imply it is not complex! Biochem is more complex than rocket science. Demonstrably so. I don't think it is inherently impenetrable but it can seem so for very long periods of time.

    I was just referring to the high number of hypothesis out there indicating that researchers can't really narrow it down even that far to one (or two) broad areas. Instead we still have research teams investigating mutually exclusive hypotheses simultaneously. That is the hallmark of a truly complex problem.
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    bone growth

    Really interesting links.

    IMHO it has to be more complicated than a bone growth problem. Otherwise...

    A) Scientists would have figured out decades ago that Scoliosis was triggered by incorrect bone growth.
    B) It would be common for kids with Scoliosis to have other bone deformities.
    C) If scoliosis was rooted in bone deformity no curve could reconcile and yet mild curves of 10 degrees or less often do.

    I'm not saying that bones don't play a part but there has to be something else driving the curve.

    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    Sharon,

    It can narrow it down, but still its extremely complex.

    It seems that growing bone at controlled rates is one of the issues here. The neuro-osseous dilemma.

    It mentions lower in the book that they need more MRI brain studies of different curve types.

    Ed
    Last edited by Dingo; 10-31-2011 at 04:36 PM.

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    i am tempted to tell you that i would prefer my curves stop driving and park somewhere!

    jess

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    +1 for that thought. 8-)

    Quote Originally Posted by jrnyc View Post
    i am tempted to tell you that i would prefer my curves stop driving and park somewhere!

    jess

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