A study recently published in Spine seeks to determine the link between low preoperative body mass index and the outcomes of spinal fusion for patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
The researchers examined 77 patients with AIS who underwent posterior spinal fusion and correction during a two-year period. There were 21 patients with low preoperative BMI, and in five cases the patients were considered "severely thin."
After conducting univariate and multivariate regression analyses, the researchers determined low BMI was significantly associated with preoperative asthma incidence and prolonged prothrombin time. Patients with low BMI were also more likely to have postoperative ileus development.
Dr Kevin Lau is the founder of Health In Your Hands, a series of tools for Scoliosis prevention and treatment. The set includes his bestselling books Your Plan for Natural Scoliosis Prevention and Treatment and An Essential Guide for Scoliosis and a Healthy Pregnancy, a companion Scoliosis Exercises for Prevention and Correction DVD, and the innovative iPhone and Andoid application ScolioTrack.
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