What is the Scoliosis Research Society definition of thoracolumbar idiopathic scoliosis?

Updated: Dec 02, 2020
  • Author: Charles T Mehlman, DO, MPH; Chief Editor: Jeffrey A Goldstein, MD  more...
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The Scoliosis Research Society has a reasonably specific definition of thoracolumbar scoliosis: a curve whose apex lies at the body of T-12 or L-1 or at the T12-L1 interspace. These curves are most commonly left-sided curves, and they present one of the most common scenarios in which anterior spinal fusion and instrumentation is utilized.


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