What is the role of preoperative pulmonary function testing in the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis?

Updated: Dec 02, 2020
  • Author: Charles T Mehlman, DO, MPH; Chief Editor: Jeffrey A Goldstein, MD  more...
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Pulmonary function testing is commonly used in the preoperative evaluation of patients with idiopathic scoliosis who are slated to undergo surgery. Such testing may influence the surgeon's enthusiasm for related procedures, such as costoplasty (thoracoplasty). Pulmonary function testing may also uncover previously unrecognized tobacco use (an independent risk factor for pseudarthrosis) or undiagnosed (subclinical) pulmonary disease.


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