The Clinical Relevance of Hyperkyphosis: A Narrative Review

The kyphosis angle of the thoracic spine tends to increase with aging. Hyperkyphosis is a kyphosis angle, exceeding the normal range. This narrative literature review aims to provide an overview of the current literature concerning kyphosis measurement methods, the etiology and adverse health effects of hyperkyphosis. As of yet, a well-defined threshold for hyperkyphosis is lacking. To attain more generalizability and to be able to compare study results in older adults, we propose to define age-related hyperkyphosis as a Cobb angle of 50° or more in standing position. Hyperkyphosis may be a potentially modifiable risk factor for adverse health outcomes, like fall risk and fractures. Additionally, hyperkyphosis may indicate the presence of osteoporosis, which is treatable. Prospective and intervention studies, using a Cobb angle of 50° as a clear and uniform definition of hyperkyphosis, are warranted to investigate the clinical relevance of hyperkyphosis.
Source: Frontiers in Endocrinology - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research

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ConclusionsAlthough the Cobb angle did not predict falls in community-dwelling older men over 3  years, the blocks method of measuring kyphosis was predictive of falls in this population. This difference could be due to the Cobb angle’s focus on thoracic kyphosis, whereas the blocks method may additionally capture abnormal cervical spine curvature.
Source: Osteoporosis International - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
ConclusionsMersilene tape at UIV  + 1 level decreases the risk of PJK following PIF for ASD.Graphic abstractThese slides can be retrieved under Electronic Supplementary Material.
Source: European Spine Journal - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
AbstractThe purpose of this study is to compare incidence of degenerative scoliosis (DS) in patients who diagnosed lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) with or without rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and identify the risk factors of DS severity in RA patients. 61 LSS patients with RA (RA group) and 87 demographic-matched LSS patients without RA (NoRA group) from January 2013 to April 2018 were enrolled. The extracted information includes RA-related parameters such as Steinbrocker classification, disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), and DS-related information such as Cobb angle, apical vertebra, along with osteoporosis and hi...
Source: Rheumatology International - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
AbstractPurposeThe purpose was to investigate reasons and their frequency for why total disc replacement (TDR) specialty surgeons performed anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) rather than TDR.MethodsA consecutive series of 464 patients undergoing cervical spine surgery during a 5-year period by three TDR specialty surgeons was reviewed. For each ACDF, the reason for not performing TDR was recorded.ResultsTDR was performed in 76.7% of patients (n  =  356) and ACDF in 23.3% (n  =  108). The most common reason for ACDF versus TDR was anatomical (conditions that may not be adequately addr...
Source: European Spine Journal - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
ConclusionThe HRQoL has considerable scope for improvement in patients with osteoporosis in the present study. Future osteoporosis management programmes should focus on improving HRQoL with specific attention to be given for patients with low serum vitamin D level, patients receiving multiple medications, patients having movement restriction, patients having spine kyphosis and those who have no friend or family member to remind them to take the medication.
Source: Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: Research Paper Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Of all CD patients in this study, 20.2% had a poor overall outcome, defined by deterioration in radiographic and clinical outcomes, and a major complication. Additionally, 75% of patients with a poor clinical outcome also had a poor radiographic outcome. A poor overall outcome was most strongly predicted by severe baseline neurological deficit, global SVA> 4 cm, and including more of the thoracic maximal kyphosis in the construct. PMID: 31675700 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Neurosurgery.Spine - Category: Neurosurgery Authors: Tags: J Neurosurg Spine Source Type: research
Conclusions: The use of KP to treat OVCF in RA group exhibited similar outcomes to non-RA group in terms of pain reduction, vertebral height restoration, and kyphosis correction. However, RA group had significantly higher rate of complications involving adjacent segment fracture and recollapse. Therefore, careful followup after KP in patients with RA is required to monitor for high complication rate.
Source: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Source Type: research
ConclusionVBS can significantly restore vertebral height in young patients with traumatic vertebral compression fractures.
Source: CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology - Category: Radiology Source Type: research
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Source: The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: J Am Acad Orthop Surg Source Type: research
Study Design. Prospective research in middle-aged and elderly people. Objective. To investigate low back pain (LBP) and neuropathic pain (NeP); spinal alignment and range of motion (ROM); spinal degenerative changes in plain radiography; osteoporosis; muscle strength; and physical ability as possible risk factors for poor quality of life (QOL). Summary of Background Data. The aging of society has led to an increase in elderly people with chronic pain, including LBP and NeP. However, there has been no analysis of NeP and spinal sagittal alignment as potential risk factors for decreased QOL in the healthy general pop...
Source: Spine - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: CLINICAL CASE SERIES Source Type: research
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