The effect of Luque-Galveston fusion on curve, respiratory function and quality of life in Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Van Opstal, Nick × Verlinden, Christophe Myncke, Jan Goemans, Nathalie Moens, Pierre #
Acta Medica Belgica
Acta Orthopaedica Belgica vol:77 pages:659-665
The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the long-term effect of the Luque-Galveston spinal fusion in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) patients. Twenty patients had undergone this operation at a mean age of 15.3 years (surgical group, A). The correction of their scoliosis amounted to +/-55.8%, after an average follow-up period of 3 years. This is in accordance with the literature. The authors would therefore advise to perform spinal fusion in an early stage of the disease, once a rapid evolution of the scoliosis is seen. The decline of respiratory function slightly diminished after surgery, but not significantly. This means that no expectations should be made to improve respiratory function, as respiratory function decline continues relentlessly. Most authors agree with this statement. Patient satisfaction after surgery was relatively high, mainly because of an improved sitting balance, but only 60% of the questionnaires were available. Twenty-five other patients were not operated upon (non-surgical group, B). They had better results at ages 15.3 and 18.3, but this was mainly due to the fact that group B contained more benign cases according to the Oda classification.