The results of preoperative halo-gravity traction in children with severe spinal deformity

Tigran Garabekyan, Pooya Hosseinzadeh, Henry J. Iwinski, Ryan D. Muchow, Vishwas R. Talwalkar, Janet Walker, Todd A. Milbrandt

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Abstract

Halo-gravity traction has been used preoperatively for patients with severe spinal deformity but there are limited data in the literature on the results and complications. We studied the outcomes of perioperative halo-gravity traction in children with severe spinal deformity. A retrospective study was carried out on patients who were treated at our center. Twenty-one patients were included in the study. Radiographic and pulmonary function parameters showed significant improvement during the course of traction and at the final follow-up. The overall complication rate was 19%, including two patients with pin loosening and two patients with superficial pin-site infections treated with oral antibiotics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Part B
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • Halo-gravity traction
  • Kyphoscoliosis
  • Scoliosis

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