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Sagittal alignment of the cervical spine in the setting of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
J Neurosurg Spine. 2018 Nov 01; 29(5):506-514.JN

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

The goal of this study was to investigate the impact of thoracic and lumbar alignment on cervical alignment in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS).

METHODS

Eighty-one patients with AIS who had a Cobb angle > 40° and full-length spine radiographs were included. Radiographs were analyzed using dedicated software to measure pelvic parameters (sacral slope [SS], pelvic incidence [PI], pelvic tilt [PT]); regional parameters (C1 slope, C0-C2 angle, chin-brow vertical angle [CBVA], slope of line of sight [SLS], McRae slope, McGregor slope [MGS], C2-7 [cervical lordosis; CL], C2-7 sagittal vertical axis [SVA], C2-T3, C2-T3 SVA, C2-T1 Harrison measurement [C2-T1 Ha], T1 slope, thoracic kyphosis [TK], lumbar lordosis [LL], and PI-LL mismatch); and global parameters (SVA). Patients were stratified by their lumbar alignment into hyperlordotic (LL > 59.7°) and normolordotic (LL 39.3° to 59.7°) groups and also, based on their thoracic alignment, into hypokyphotic (TK < -33.1°) and normokyphotic (TK -33.1° to -54.9°) groups. Finally, they were grouped based on their global alignment into either an anterior-aligned group or a posterior-aligned group.

RESULTS

The lumbar hyperlordotic group, in comparison to the normolordotic group, had a significantly larger LL, SS, PI (all p < 0.001), and TK (p = 0.014) and a significantly smaller PI-LL mismatch (p = 0.001). Lumbar lordosis had no influence on local cervical parameters.The thoracic hypokyphotic group had a significantly larger PI-LL mismatch (p < 0.002) and smaller T1 slope (p < 0.001), and was significantly more posteriorly aligned than the normokyphotic group (-15.02 ± 8.04 vs 13.54 ± 6.17 [mean ± SEM], p = 0.006). The patients with hypokyphotic AIS had a kyphotic cervical spine (cervical kyphosis [CK]) (p < 0.001). Furthermore, a posterior-aligned cervical spine in terms of C2-7 SVA (p < 0.006) and C2-T3 SVA (p < 0.001) was observed in the thoracic hypokyphotic group.Comparing patients in terms of global alignment, the posterior-aligned group had a significantly smaller T1 slope (p < 0.001), without any difference in terms of pelvic, lumbar, and thoracic parameters when compared to the anterior-aligned group. The posterior-aligned group also had a CK (-9.20 ± 1.91 vs 5.21 ± 2.95 [mean ± SEM], p < 0.001) and a more posterior-aligned cervical spine, as measured by C2-7 SVA (p = 0.003) and C2-T3 SVA (p < 0.001).

CONCLUSIONS

Alignment of the cervical spine is closely related to thoracic curvature and global alignment. In patients with AIS, a hypokyphotic thoracic alignment or posterior global alignment was associated with a global cervical kyphosis. Interestingly, upper cervical and cranial parameters were not statistically different in all investigated groups, meaning that the upper cervical spine was not recruited for compensation in order to maintain a horizontal gaze.

Authors+Show Affiliations

1Clinic for Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery, Center for Orthopaedics, Trauma Surgery and Spinal Cord Injury, Heidelberg University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany.1Clinic for Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery, Center for Orthopaedics, Trauma Surgery and Spinal Cord Injury, Heidelberg University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany.2Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, New York.3Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York; and.4ATOS Clinic Heidelberg, Germany.2Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, New York.2Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, New York.1Clinic for Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery, Center for Orthopaedics, Trauma Surgery and Spinal Cord Injury, Heidelberg University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30141764

Citation

Akbar, Michael, et al. "Sagittal Alignment of the Cervical Spine in the Setting of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis." Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine, vol. 29, no. 5, 2018, pp. 506-514.
Akbar M, Almansour H, Lafage R, et al. Sagittal alignment of the cervical spine in the setting of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. J Neurosurg Spine. 2018;29(5):506-514.
Akbar, M., Almansour, H., Lafage, R., Diebo, B. G., Wiedenhöfer, B., Schwab, F., Lafage, V., & Pepke, W. (2018). Sagittal alignment of the cervical spine in the setting of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine, 29(5), 506-514. https://doi.org/10.3171/2018.3.SPINE171263
Akbar M, et al. Sagittal Alignment of the Cervical Spine in the Setting of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. J Neurosurg Spine. 2018 Nov 1;29(5):506-514. PubMed PMID: 30141764.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Sagittal alignment of the cervical spine in the setting of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. AU - Akbar,Michael, AU - Almansour,Haidara, AU - Lafage,Renaud, AU - Diebo,Bassel G, AU - Wiedenhöfer,Bernd, AU - Schwab,Frank, AU - Lafage,Virginie, AU - Pepke,Wojciech, PY - 2017/12/04/received PY - 2018/03/14/accepted PY - 2018/8/25/pubmed PY - 2019/7/10/medline PY - 2018/8/25/entrez KW - AIS KW - AIS = adolescent idiopathic scoliosis KW - C2–T1 Ha = C2–T1 Harrison measurement KW - CBVA = chin-brow vertical angle KW - CK = cervical kyphosis KW - CL = cervical lordosis KW - LL = lumbar lordosis KW - MGS = McGregor slope KW - PI = pelvic incidence KW - PT = pelvic tilt KW - SLS = slope of line of sight KW - SS = sacral slope KW - SVA = sagittal vertical axis KW - TK = thoracic kyphosis KW - adolescent idiopathic scoliosis KW - cervical alignment KW - cervical kyphosis KW - cervical lordosis KW - cervical spine KW - deformity KW - sagittal alignment SP - 506 EP - 514 JF - Journal of neurosurgery. Spine JO - J Neurosurg Spine VL - 29 IS - 5 N2 - OBJECTIVEThe goal of this study was to investigate the impact of thoracic and lumbar alignment on cervical alignment in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS).METHODSEighty-one patients with AIS who had a Cobb angle > 40° and full-length spine radiographs were included. Radiographs were analyzed using dedicated software to measure pelvic parameters (sacral slope [SS], pelvic incidence [PI], pelvic tilt [PT]); regional parameters (C1 slope, C0-C2 angle, chin-brow vertical angle [CBVA], slope of line of sight [SLS], McRae slope, McGregor slope [MGS], C2-7 [cervical lordosis; CL], C2-7 sagittal vertical axis [SVA], C2-T3, C2-T3 SVA, C2-T1 Harrison measurement [C2-T1 Ha], T1 slope, thoracic kyphosis [TK], lumbar lordosis [LL], and PI-LL mismatch); and global parameters (SVA). Patients were stratified by their lumbar alignment into hyperlordotic (LL > 59.7°) and normolordotic (LL 39.3° to 59.7°) groups and also, based on their thoracic alignment, into hypokyphotic (TK < -33.1°) and normokyphotic (TK -33.1° to -54.9°) groups. Finally, they were grouped based on their global alignment into either an anterior-aligned group or a posterior-aligned group.RESULTSThe lumbar hyperlordotic group, in comparison to the normolordotic group, had a significantly larger LL, SS, PI (all p < 0.001), and TK (p = 0.014) and a significantly smaller PI-LL mismatch (p = 0.001). Lumbar lordosis had no influence on local cervical parameters.The thoracic hypokyphotic group had a significantly larger PI-LL mismatch (p < 0.002) and smaller T1 slope (p < 0.001), and was significantly more posteriorly aligned than the normokyphotic group (-15.02 ± 8.04 vs 13.54 ± 6.17 [mean ± SEM], p = 0.006). The patients with hypokyphotic AIS had a kyphotic cervical spine (cervical kyphosis [CK]) (p < 0.001). Furthermore, a posterior-aligned cervical spine in terms of C2-7 SVA (p < 0.006) and C2-T3 SVA (p < 0.001) was observed in the thoracic hypokyphotic group.Comparing patients in terms of global alignment, the posterior-aligned group had a significantly smaller T1 slope (p < 0.001), without any difference in terms of pelvic, lumbar, and thoracic parameters when compared to the anterior-aligned group. The posterior-aligned group also had a CK (-9.20 ± 1.91 vs 5.21 ± 2.95 [mean ± SEM], p < 0.001) and a more posterior-aligned cervical spine, as measured by C2-7 SVA (p = 0.003) and C2-T3 SVA (p < 0.001).CONCLUSIONSAlignment of the cervical spine is closely related to thoracic curvature and global alignment. In patients with AIS, a hypokyphotic thoracic alignment or posterior global alignment was associated with a global cervical kyphosis. Interestingly, upper cervical and cranial parameters were not statistically different in all investigated groups, meaning that the upper cervical spine was not recruited for compensation in order to maintain a horizontal gaze. SN - 1547-5646 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/30141764/Sagittal_alignment_of_the_cervical_spine_in_the_setting_of_adolescent_idiopathic_scoliosis_ L2 - https://thejns.org/doi/10.3171/2018.3.SPINE171263 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -