Vibratory response in congenital scoliosis

T. S. Whitecloud, Mark R. Brinker, Robert L. Barrack, Stephen W. Burke, John M. Roberts

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Vibratory studies were performed on 10 adolescent subjects being followed for congenital scoliosis. The average age was 12 years 4 months and the average curve was 32°. Twenty-one age-matched controls underwent identical studies. Threshold to detection of vibratory stimuli in the upper and lower extremities was quantified. Results showed that the scoliotic subjects were consistently less sensitive than the controls in the lower but not the upper extremity. The occurrence of hyposen-sitivity in only the lower extremity of persons with congenital scoliosis implies that the sensory deficit is secondary to the spinal deformity itself rather than a primary etiologie factor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-426
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989


  • Congenital scoliosis
  • Neurologic testing
  • Posterior column
  • Vibratory stimuli


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