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Clinical evaluation of scoliosis during growth: description and reliability.
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PMID:  18401086     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The clinical evaluation, even today, remains a central point in the diagnosis, prognostic definition and treatment prescription regarding scoliosis. The clinical evaluation of a scoliotic patient has been established for a long time, but it has not been standardized. The aim of the present work is to report the most common clinical measures for the assessment of scoliosis, explain the usefulness of each clinical measurement, and report the repeatability and limits in order to help the physician in making appropriate clinical choices. METHODS: The height of the hump, the angle of trunk rotation, the sagittal and frontal profiles, and the Trunk Aesthetic Clinical Evaluation (TRACE) have been fully described, and their reliability and repeatability have been assessed. RESULTS: The measures analyzed showed good reliability and repeatability on the intra-operator basis. The inter-operator repeatability is usually not that good. CONCLUSION: The main measures of the clinical assessment of scoliotic patients have been tested, and their reliability has been evaluated. The knowledge of measurement error, as well as intra- and inter-operator reliability, are essential for the clinical evaluation and treatment of scoliosis. This is an unavoidable basis for decision making in the assessment and the treatment of scoliosis.
Fabio Zaina; Salvatore Atanasio; Stefano Negrini
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Studies in health technology and informatics     Volume:  135     ISSN:  0926-9630     ISO Abbreviation:  Stud Health Technol Inform     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-10     Completed Date:  2008-06-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9214582     Medline TA:  Stud Health Technol Inform     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  125-38     Citation Subset:  T    
ISICO (Italian Scientific Spine Institute), Via Carlo Crivelli 20, 20122 Milan, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Anthropometry* / methods
Reproducibility of Results
Scoliosis / diagnosis*,  pathology
Spine / growth & development*

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