In a study of children who underwent resection of malignant tumors of the chest wall, researchers discovered patients who had at least three ribs resected in the posterior sector had nearly 19 times the risk for developing scoliosis and patients who had resections during rapid-growth periods had nearly 6 times the risk for scoliosis.
Investigators from the United Kingdom and France retrospectively studied 40 children who underwent resection for malignant tumors between 1984 and 2005. The patients had an average age of 9.8 years and a mean follow-up of 8.5 years.
“Seventeen of the children developed scoliosis, which was convex toward the resection side without vertebral rotation in all of them,” the authors wrote in their study abstract.
The rapid-growth periods in which children underwent tumor resection had an increased risk for later developing scoliosis were younger than 6 years of age, and between the ages of 12 years and 15 years.
Source : Healio , 12th Feb 2014