Scoliosis: Patients with early-onset scoliosis can develop severe, complex spinal deformity that distorts and reduces the volume of the thorax. This deformity inhibits the growth of alveoli and pulmonary arterioles during the critical lung maturation period between birth and the age of eight. The resulting condition, thoracic insufficiency syndrome (TIS), can be a life-threatening condition that compromises respiratory function and increases morbidity. It can also cause a significant increase in mortality rates in affected individuals.
VEPTR™ is used to treat absent or fused ribs, and consists of a titanium brace placed between two ribs to push them apart, which straightens the spine and opens a larger space for the lungs and other internal organs to grow. Like growing rods, VEPTR™ can be expanded as the patient grows.
VEPTR™ is a trademark of Synthes.
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