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Title: Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis - to operate or not? A debate article
Authors: Weiss, HR
Bess, S
Wong, MS 
Patel, V
Goodall, D
Burger, E
Issue Date: 30-Sep-2008
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Source: Patient safety in surgery, 30 Sept. 2008, v. 2, 25, p. 1-14 How to cite?
Journal: Patient safety in surgery 
Abstract: Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) represents a rare condition with a potentially detrimental impact on young patients. Despite vast clinical research and published treatment guidelines and algorithms, the optimal therapeutic choice for these patients remains highly controversial. While advocates of early surgery emphasize the benefits of surgical deformity correction with regard to physical and psychological outcome, the opponents base their arguments on the high risk of complications and a lack of documented subjective long-term outcome. In the present paper, the authors were invited to debate the opposite positions of "pro" versus "contra" surgical treatment of AIS, based on the currently available evidence and published guidelines.
ISSN: 1754-9493 (online)
DOI: 10.1186/1754-9493-2-25
Rights: © 2008 Weiss et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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