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Spinal Growth and Development   |    
Maturity Indicators in Spinal Deformity
James O. Sanders, MD
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Disclosure: In support of his research for or preparation of this work, the author received, in any one year, outside funding or grants in excess of $10,000 from the Scoliosis Research Society. Neither he nor a member of his immediate family received payments or other benefits or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from a commercial entity. No commercial entity paid or directed, or agreed to pay or direct, any benefits to any research fund, foundation, division, center, clinical practice, or other charitable or nonprofit organization with which the author, or a member of his immediate family, is affiliated or associated.

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J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2007 Feb 01;89(suppl 1):14-20. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.F.00318
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Scoliosis from all causes, with the sole exception of adult degenerative deformity, is a disorder of growth. Physicians who treat spinal deformities in children and adolescents should have a basic understanding of growth and its relationship to the progression of scoliosis and be capable of making an accurate determination of maturity. The purpose of this review is to describe the relationship of growth to the progression of scoliosis, to delineate the various methods of determining maturity, and to describe reasonable ways of evaluating maturity in clinical practice.
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