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Themistocles S. Protopsaltis, Justin K. Scheer, Jamie S. Terran, Justin S. Smith, D. Kojo Hamilton, Han Jo Kim, Greg M. Mundis Jr., Robert A. Hart, Ian M. McCarthy, Eric Klineberg, Virginie Lafage, Shay Bess, Frank Schwab, Christopher I. Shaffrey, Christopher P. Ames and International Spine Study Group

A dult spinal deformity has been studied extensively in the literature with a majority of publications focusing on thoracolumbar deformity and its effect on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) measures. 1 , 3 , 6 , 7 , 10 , 11 , 13 , 14 , 16 , 17 Among patients with thoracolumbar deformities, positive sagittal alignment has been associated with pain and disability. 2 , 7 , 11 , 13 , 16 Few studies have correlated validated health measures and positive cervical sagittal alignment. 16 , 17 Tang et al. 16 demonstrated that a C2–7 sagittal vertical axis

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Michael Akbar, Haidara Almansour, Renaud Lafage, Bassel G. Diebo, Bernd Wiedenhöfer, Frank Schwab, Virginie Lafage and Wojciech Pepke

maintenance or restoration of normal sagittal alignment by using the Cotrel-Dubousset technique. 7 With this surgical method combined with Ponte osteotomy, 27 it is possible to correct hypokyphosis of the thoracic spine while preserving a normal LL in a notable percentage of patients with AIS. 2 , 8 , 17 Recent clinical and radiological investigations of surgically treated patients showed a correlation between the loss of normal TK and the development of CK, which was associated with frequent axial neck pain. 15 , 30 It has already been shown that sagittal plane

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Justin S. Smith, Christopher I. Shaffrey, Virginie Lafage, Benjamin Blondel, Frank Schwab, Richard Hostin, Robert Hart, Brian O'Shaughnessy, Shay Bess, Serena S. Hu, Vedat Deviren, Christopher P. Ames and International Spine Study Group

P ositive sagittal malalignment (defined as anterior deviation of the C-7 plumb line >5 cm from the posterior superior corner of S-1) is recognized as a cause of pain and disability in cases of ASD. 8 , 20 , 28 , 30 , 31 Poor sagittal alignment has been shown to require increased energy expenditure, and multiple compensatory measures have been described, including knee flexion, pelvic retroversion, and thoracic hypokyphosis. 20 , 30 , 31 Surgical correction of positive sagittal malalignment has been correlated with significant improvement in health

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Justin K. Scheer, Jessica A. Tang, Justin S. Smith, Frank L. Acosta Jr., Themistocles S. Protopsaltis, Benjamin Blondel, Shay Bess, Christopher I. Shaffrey, Vedat Deviren, Virginie Lafage, Frank Schwab, Christopher P. Ames and the International Spine Study Group

bodies from C-2 to C-7 and then summing the segmental angles for an overall cervical curvature angle. Translation of the cervical spine in the sagittal plane is measured through the cervical SVA, for which there are different methods of measurement. Both C-2 SVA ( Figs. 2 and 3 left ) and C-7 SVA have been used to define sagittal alignment globally by measuring the distance between the C-2 and C-7 plumb lines, respectively, from the posterior superior corner of the sacrum. Cervical SVA can also be defined regionally using the distance between a plumb line dropped

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Renaud Lafage, Ibrahim Obeid, Barthelemy Liabaud, Shay Bess, Douglas Burton, Justin S. Smith, Cyrus Jalai, Richard Hostin, Christopher I. Shaffrey, Christopher Ames, Han Jo Kim, Eric Klineberg, Frank Schwab, Virginie Lafage and the International Spine Study Group

levels above UIV. Statistical Analysis The collected demographic, surgical, and radiographic data were described and analyzed at baseline and immediate postoperative follow-up. Changes in radiographic alignment were also investigated, including a preoperative to postoperative analysis of sagittal alignment and the rate of radiographic PJK. Patients were stratified into 5 groups based on the preoperative to postoperative degree of change in LL: decrease in LL (kyphotic change > 5°), stable (change between −5° and 5°), 5°–15° increase (lordotic change of 5°–15°), 15

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Blake N. Staub, Renaud Lafage, Han Jo Kim, Christopher I. Shaffrey, Gregory M. Mundis Jr., Richard Hostin, Douglas Burton, Lawrence Lenke, Munish C. Gupta, Christopher Ames, Eric Klineberg, Shay Bess, Frank Schwab, Virginie Lafage and the International Spine Study Group

M uch has been written on the relationship between patient-reported outcomes and sagittal alignment in thoracolumbar deformities. 5–8 , 12 , 17 , 18 , 23 Although simple equations were initially used to identify thoracolumbar deformities, more recently, patient-specific formulas have been developed to more specifically quantify each deformity. 10 , 22 However, cervical spine studies have yet to define a fundamental equation, let alone patient-specific descriptors, that both elucidate a deformity and suggest a nidus for correction. The cervical sagittal

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Antonio A. Faundez and Jean Charles Le Huec

: Sagittal parameters of global spinal balance: normative values from a prospective cohort of seven hundred nine caucasian asymptomatic adults . Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 35 : E1193 – E1198 , 2010 3 Roussouly P , Gollogly S , Berthonnaud E , Dimnet J : Classification of the normal variation in the sagittal alignment of the human lumbar spine and pelvis in the standing position . Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 30 : 346 – 353 , 2005 4 Roussouly P , Nnadi C : Sagittal plane deformity: an overview of interpretation and management . Eur Spine J 19 : 1824

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Virginie Lafage, Frank Schwab, Shaleen Vira, Robert Hart, Douglas Burton, Justin S. Smith, Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, Alexis Shelokov, Richard Hostin, Christopher I. Shaffrey, Munish Gupta, Behrooz A. Akbarnia, Shay Bess and Jean-Pierre Farcy

S pinal deformity in the adult is commonly a 3D pathology. However, evidence points toward the clinical impact of deformity being mostly related to the sagittal plane, with little correlation between coronal deformity and self-reported disability. The Classification of Adult Deformity 20 was primarily built on clinical impact parameters, and it highlights lumbar lordosis as well as global sagittal alignment. Work leading to the classification did not identify a significant clinical impact of coronal plane parameters. 20 Additionally, in the commonly known

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Justin K. Scheer, Peter G. Passias, Alexandra M. Sorocean, Anthony J. Boniello, Gregory M. Mundis Jr., Eric Klineberg, Han Jo Kim, Themistocles S. Protopsaltis, Munish Gupta, Shay Bess, Christopher I. Shaffrey, Frank Schwab, Virginie Lafage, Justin S. Smith, Christopher P. Ames and The International Spine Study Group

, all of the demographic differences were similar between patients with and without preoperative cervical malalignment, with the exception of CK. Patients with CK were significantly younger by an average of 10 years. This result is in line with both Park et al. 20 and Smith et al. 25 The study by Park and colleagues assessed the effect of age on cervical sagittal alignment in 100 asymptomatic subjects and found that the C2–7 lordosis increased with age. Smith et al. also found that patients with CK were significantly younger than those without CK in a large

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Christopher P. Ames, Justin S. Smith, Robert Eastlack, Donald J. Blaskiewicz, Christopher I. Shaffrey, Frank Schwab, Shay Bess, Han Jo Kim, Gregory M. Mundis Jr., Eric Klineberg, Munish Gupta, Michael O’Brien, Richard Hostin, Justin K. Scheer, Themistocles S. Protopsaltis, Kai-Ming G. Fu, Robert Hart, Todd J. Albert, K. Daniel Riew, Michael G. Fehlings, Vedat Deviren, Virginie Lafage and International Spine Study Group

posterosuperior corner of the C-7 vertebral body. The horizontal line with an arrow represents the C2–7 SVA. Given the significant impact of sagittal alignment on HRQOL among patients with thoracolumbar spinal deformities, and the studies of Tang et al. 54 and Smith et al. 45 demonstrating correlations between cervical sagittal alignment and multiple measures of HRQOL, the C2–7 SVA was selected as a modifier for the CSD classification. Based on regression analysis from Tang et al., a C2–7 SVA threshold of 4 cm was found to correlate with moderate disability based on the