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Pregnancy and delivery in patients operated by the Harrington method for idiopathic scoliosis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9391799     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The course and outcome of 142 pregnancies in 146 patients operated between 1970 and 1975 by the Harrington method for idiopathic scoliosis were studied to determine the effects of scoliosis on pregnancy and childbirth and the effects of pregnancy on the remaining fused and unfused scoliotic curvatures. Occurrence of and sick leave due to low back pain during pregnancy was determined. The patients, all originally treated at the Orthopaedic Hospital of the Invalid Foundation (Orton) in Helsinki, Finland, were invited to a clinical and radiological re-examination on average 19 years following surgery. The results show that pregnancy does not significantly increase fused scoliotic curvatures nor the remaining unfused curvatures. A somewhat higher proportion of children (23%) were delivered by cesarean section than in the general population (15%; P < 0.01), but this result should only be taken as suggestive. Rates of complications of pregnancy and in labor did not differ from those in the background population. The offspring were healthy. Low back pain during pregnancy occurred in about 40% of our patients, but was severe enough to cause sick leave only in 11% of the pregnancies.
E Orvomaa; V Hiilesmaa; M Poussa; O Snellman; K Tallroth
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society     Volume:  6     ISSN:  0940-6719     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur Spine J     Publication Date:  1997  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-01-22     Completed Date:  1998-01-22     Revised Date:  2013-03-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9301980     Medline TA:  Eur Spine J     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  304-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
First Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Delivery, Obstetric*
Follow-Up Studies
Pregnancy Complications
Pregnancy Outcome
Retrospective Studies
Scoliosis / congenital,  surgery*
Spinal Fusion / methods*

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