Screening and surgery for foramen magnum stenosis in children with achondroplasia: a large, national database analysis

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The authors examined the rates at which children with achondroplasia were screened and had surgery for foramen magnum stenosis. The rate of surgery for foramen magnum stenosis in children with achondroplasia was found to be 3.3%, and despite guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommending screening, children with achondroplasia are being under-screened. This is important to determine whether and which children with achondroplasia should undergo screening and surgery for foramen magnum stenosis.

ABBREVIATIONS AAP = American Academy of Pediatrics; CPT = Current Procedural Terminology.

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Correspondence Cormac O. Maher: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. cmaher@med.umich.edu.

INCLUDE WHEN CITING Published online December 14, 2018; DOI: 10.3171/2018.9.PEDS18410.

Disclosures The authors report no conflict of interest concerning the materials or methods used in this study or the findings specified in this paper.

© AANS, except where prohibited by US copyright law.

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    Patient identification algorithm for achondroplasia screening.

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    Incidence of rate of surgery varies significantly by age, with the rate being highest in infancy.

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