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Minerva Pediatrica 2016 February;68(1):56-65

language: English

Serial elongation derotation flexion (EDF) casting for patients with infantile and juvenile scoliosis

Federico CANAVESE 1, Marie ROUSSET 1, Mounira MANSOUR 1, Antoine SAMBA 1, Alain DIMEGLIO 2

1 Department of Pediatric Surgery, Estaing University Hospital, Clermont-Ferrand, France; 2 Université de Montpellier, Faculté de Médecine, Montpellier, France


Infantile and juvenile scoliosis, among different types of spinal deformity, is still a challenge for pediatric orthopedic surgeons. The ideal treatment of infantile and juvenile scoliosis has not yet been identified as both clinicians and surgeons still face multiple challenges, including preservation of the thoracic spine, thoracic cage, lung growth and cardiac function without reducing spinal motion. Elongation, derotation, flexion (EDF) casting technique is a custom-made thoracolumbar cast based on a three dimensional correction concept. This cast offers three-dimensional correction and can control the evolution of the deformity in some cases. Spinal growth can be guided by EDF casting as it can influence the initially curved spine to grow straighter. This article aimed to provide a comprehensive review of how infantile and juvenile scoliosis can affect normal spine and thorax and how these deformities can be treated with serial EDF casting technique. A current literature review is mandatory in order to understand the principles of the serial EDF casting technique and the effectiveness of conservative treatment in young and very young patients.

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