Study: Gender and Age Important When Assessing Spinal Deformity

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Surgeons must remember age and gender differences when assessing deformity populations, according to a study published in Spine.

Researchers administered the Scoliosis Research Society 30 health-related quality of life test for 1,346 adults around the country who self-reported no history of scoliosis or prior spine surgery. The older age group reported lower domain median and mean scores, with the exception of females who reported a slight improvement in mental health domain scores.

There were higher scores among the male patients than the female patients, but only the younger males were significantly higher in all domains. Male patients also reported higher mental health domain scores than females.

Read the abstract about spinal deformity.

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