European Journal of Therapeutics
Original Article

Scoliosis After Liver Transplantation in Pediatric Patients


Department of Radiology, Malatya Training and Research Hospital, Malatya, Turkey


Department of Pediatric Radiology, Selçuk University Faculty of Medicine, Konya, Turkey


Department of Pediatric Radiology, İnönü University Faculty of Medicine, Malatya, Turkey


İnönü University, Institute of Liver Transplantation, Malatya, Turkey

Eur J Ther 2022; 28: 214-218
DOI: 10.5152/EurJTher.2022.21081
Read: 201 Downloads: 225 Published: 22 September 2022

Objective: Little is known about the development of scoliosis after pediatric liver transplantation. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the frequency of scoliosis and its relationship with potential risk factors in children after liver transplantation.

Methods: Pediatric liver transplantations (under of age 18) performed between January 2009 and December 2017 at Malatya İnönü University Institute of Liver Transplantation were scanned retrospectively. In the spinal axis, >10° lateral deviations were accepted as scoliosis. The curve patterns were classified according to the Lenke classification.

Results: Among 287 pediatric liver transplantationss, 17 of them were scoliosis (6%). Nine patients were females and eight were males. The median Cobb angle was 12° at the time of diagnosis and then 17° at the last follow-up. According to the Lenke classification, 11 patients had type 5 curve pattern. During the follow-up period (ranging from 1 to 11 years), scoliosis progression was slow and no patient requiring surgical treatment was detected.

Conclusion: We found that the prevalence of scoliosis increased after pediatric liver transplantation, but we do not have any definite information about the cause. Comparable new studies with more patients are needed to make a definitive conclusion in this regard.

Cite this article as: Dağ N, Öztürk M, Sığırcı A, Yılmaz S. Scoliosis after liver transplantation in pediatric patients. Eur J Ther. 2022;28(3):214-218.

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