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CARNEIRO NETO, Nicola Jorge et al. Demographic study of patients with spinal deformities who are awaiting surgery in a tertiary hospital of high complexity. Coluna/Columna [online]. 2012, vol.11, n.3, pp.219-222. ISSN 1808-1851.

OBJECTIVE: Set the demographic characteristics of patients with secondary deformities of the spine waiting for surgical treatment in a tertiary hospital of high complexity. METHODS: Information was obtained from patient charts in the predefined period. The data were selected according to the criteria already presented and manipulated statistically. RESULTS: The study included a total of 170 patients, of which 94 were female aged between 1 and 58 years, and 76 males aged between 1 and 26 years. Among the deformities found the following were identified: congenital scoliosis were identified by segmentation (6 or 3.5%), formation (39 or 22.9%), mixed (34 or 20.0%) and complex (14 or 8.2%), neuromuscular scoliosis in cerebral palsy (PC) (54 or 31.8%), myopathy (11 or 6.5%), arthrogryposis (2 or 1.2%) and scoliosis in neurofibromatosis (10 or 5.9%). CONCLUSION: There is a considerable list of patients with spinal deformities waiting for surgical treatment for a period of time often quite prolonged. This fact leads to a social problem difficult to handle and when added together, neuromuscular scoliosis and congenital scoliosis are responsible for the vast majority of cases awaiting surgery.

Keywords : Spine [anatomy & histology]; Spine [surgery]; Congenital abnormalities.

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