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Scoliosis metal levels

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By David Bennett Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon in the United States
Thomas P Cundy, Georgia Antoniou, Leanne M Sutherland, Brian J C Freeman, Peter J Cundy
STUDY DESIGN: A prospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: To determine serum titanium, niobium, and aluminum levels in pediatric patients within the first postoperative year after instrumented spinal arthrodesis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Instrumented spinal arthrodesis is a common procedure to correct scoliosis and kyphosis. Titanium-based instrumentation is increasingly favored due to enhanced biomechanical properties, but concerns have arisen regarding metal debris release and the potential for local and systemic complications...
April 1, 2013: Spine
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