Lung function asymmetry in children with congenital and infantile scoliosis

Gregory Redding, Kit Song, Steve Inscore, Eric Effmann and Robert Campbell.

This study aims to  evaluate the frequency of asymmetric lung perfusion and ventilation among children with congenital or infantile thoracic scoliosis before surgical treatment and the relationship between Cobb angle and asymmetry of lung function and concludes that asymmetric ventilation and perfusion between the right and left lungs occurs in more than half of these children .

The severity of lung function asymmetry does not relate to Cobb angle measurements, but is influenced by deformity of the chest wall in multiple dimensions, and cannot be determined by chest radio graphs alone.

The Spine Journal, 8(4), 07/08-2008, 639-644.

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