Article Abstract

Duchenne muscular dystrophy: the management of scoliosis

Authors: James E. Archer, Adrian C. Gardner, Helen P. Roper, Ashish A. Chikermane, Andrew J. Tatman

Abstract

This study summarises the current management of scoliosis in patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. A literature review of Medline was performed and the collected articles critically appraised. This literature is discussed to give an overview of the current management of scoliosis within Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Importantly, improvements in respiratory care, the use of steroids and improving surgical techniques have allowed patients to maintain quality of life and improved life expectancy in this patient group.