Acquired Thoracic Scoliosis Following Minimally Invasive Repair of Pectus Excavatum

Niedbala, Angela; Adams, Michael; Boswell, William C.; Considine, John M.
June 2003
American Surgeon;Jun2003, Vol. 69 Issue 6, p530
Academic Journal
The minimally invasive pectus excavatum repair as described by Nuss et al. is rapidly gaining acceptance as an effective method of repair of severe pectus excavatum deformities in the pediatric population. It potentially offers several advantages over previous techniques. The incidence of major complications of the procedure has been reduced by recent modifications including utilization of video-assisted thoracoscopy during placement of the Lorenz pectus bar as well as utilizing the pectus bar stabilizer that provides more rigid fixation of the strut. We report two cases of acquired thoracic scoliosis following minimally invasive repair of severe pectus excavatum deformity. This particular complication has not been reported in previous literature and warrants concern. In both cases the thoracic scoliosis slowly improved with physical therapy and range-of-motion exercises.


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