Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)
An International Organization Dedicated to the Education, Research and Treatment of Spinal Deformity
Our Mission is to Foster Optimal Care for All Patients with Spinal Deformities
|Arnold-Chiari Malformation/Syrinx causing Scoliosis
A young woman with neuromuscular scoliosis related to Arnold-Chiari Malformation (brain stem settling into the neck) and its associated syrinx (spinal fluid accumulation within the spinal cord).
MRI demonstrating cervical spine abnormalities.
|Congenital Scoliosis with Diastematomyelia
An xray of a young girl with congenital scoliosis (malformed, wedged vertebra). The arrow points to the diastematomyelia (bony ingrowth).
A CT scan image showing a bony spike growing through the spinal canal.
A photo of the bony spike after it was removed.
The indications for spinal stabilization are less straight-forward than idiopathic scoliosis.
Common indications include:
Pain may be difficult to assess in non-communicative patients.
It is important to maximize nutrition and cardiopulmonary status prior to surgery to minimize the risk of infection and prolonged intubation after surgery. Similarly, skin in the region of the spine and pelvis must be assessed to minimize infection.