Pulmonary Implications of Pediatric Spinal Deformities

Diane Dudas Sheehan*, John Grayhack

*Corresponding author for this work

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“Pediatric spinal deformities may be associated with pulmonary complications in a patient's lifetime. A review of the diagnosis of spinal abnormalities includes classifications of scoliosis and kyphosis, correlating physical examination findings and radiographic interpretation. The natural history of untreated spine deformities is reviewed along with the associated altered pulmonary compromise. Treatment options for children affected by spinal deformities are discussed, including the relative indications, the efficacy, pros and cons of different treatment options, along with the evidence to support these. This overview of spine deformities includes research outcomes to support the care of these pediatric patients.”

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-259
Number of pages21
JournalPediatric Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2021


  • Consequential pulmonary implications
  • Kyphosis
  • Pediatric spinal deformities
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal deformities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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