Diagnosis and treatment of leg-length discrepancy in scoliosis

Abstract

Methods The x-rays (upright ap-view) of 250 patients diagnosed with “idiopathic scoliosis” were examined to determine a leg length difference of >1.0 cm. First issue: How many patients show scoliosis as a compensation mechanism of leg-length discrepancy? How many needed epiphysiodesis in differences >1.5cm. Second issue: What causes of leglength discrepancy are found and what are the therapeutic consequences? Patients with neurological findings were excluded.

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