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Open Access Case Report

Severe axial vertebral rotation treated with a modified Boston brace: a case report

Eustathios I Kenanidis*, Michael E Potoupnis, Kyriakos A Papavasiliou, Fares E Sayegh and George A Kapetanos

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3rd Orthopaedic Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki-Medical School, "Papageorgiou" General Hospital of Thessaloniki, Greece

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Scoliosis 2010, 5:5  doi:10.1186/1748-7161-5-5

Published: 24 March 2010

Abstract

We report the case of a 13-year-old Caucasian girl suffering from severe axial rotation of the T5 to L4 vertebrae. The patient (initially examined during a school screening study) was at first considered to be suspicious of suffering from scoliosis due to a highly positive Adam's forward bending test. However, her radiographic evaluation revealed the existence of axial rotation in 12 of her vertebrae, without inclination in the sagittal and coronal planes. After an observation period of 12 months and due to the fact that both her physical appearance and the measured vertebral rotation deteriorated, the patient was given a modified thoracolumbar Boston brace that had an immediate positive derotational effect on all but two vertebrae. Twenty four months later, the progress of the vertebral rotation(s) seems to have been halted and most affected vertebrae appear to be stabilized in their new, 'post-brace', reduced position, with better results shown when the Boston brace is worn. The patient remains under constant medical observation. The application of a modified Boston brace seems to have served well (so far) a useful purpose for reducing and stabilizing this case of severe axial vertebral rotation, providing less deformity and (possibly) offering a better final cosmetic result.