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Surgery for scoliosis in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Overview of attention for article published in Cochrane database of systematic reviews, October 2015
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Surgery for scoliosis in Duchenne muscular dystrophy
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Cochrane database of systematic reviews, October 2015
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd005375.pub4
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Daniel KL Cheuk, Virginia Wong, Elizabeth Wraige, Peter Baxter, Ashley Cole


Scoliosis in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is usually progressive and is treated with surgery. However, it is unclear whether the existing evidence is sufficiently scientifically rigorous to support a recommendation for spinal surgery for most patients with DMD and scoliosis. This is an updated review, and an updated search was undertaken in which no new studies were found for inclusion. To determine the effectiveness and safety of spinal surgery in patients with DMD with scoliosis. We intended to test whether spinal surgery is effective in increasing survival and improving respiratory function, quality of life, and overall functioning, and whether spinal surgery is associated with severe adverse effects. On 16 June 2015 we searched the Cochrane Neuromuscular Disease Group Specialized Register, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE, EMBASE, and CINAHL Plus. We also searched ProQuest Dissertation and Thesis database (January 1980 to June 2015), the National Institutes of Health Clinical Trials Database (6 January 2015), and the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (17 June 2015), and checked references. We imposed no language restrictions. We planned to include controlled clinical trials using random or quasi-random allocation of treatment evaluating all forms of spinal surgery for scoliosis in patients with DMD in the review. The control interventions would have been no treatment, non-operative treatment, or a different form of spinal surgery. We used standard methodological procedures expected by The Cochrane Collaboration. Two review authors independently examined the search results and evaluated the study characteristics against inclusion criteria in order to decide which studies to include in the review. Of the 49 relevant studies we found, none met the inclusion criteria for the review because they were not clinical trials, but prospective or retrospective reviews of case series. Since no randomized controlled clinical trials were available to evaluate the effectiveness of scoliosis surgery in patients with DMD, we can make no good evidence-based conclusion to guide clinical practice. Patients with scoliosis should be informed as to the uncertainty of benefits and potential risks of surgery for scoliosis. Randomized controlled trials are needed to investigate the effectiveness of scoliosis surgery, in terms of quality of life, functional status, respiratory function, and life expectancy.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 151 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 22 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 21 14%
Student > Bachelor 20 13%
Researcher 16 10%
Other 11 7%
Other 28 18%
Unknown 35 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 68 44%
Nursing and Health Professions 13 8%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 6 4%
Psychology 6 4%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 4 3%
Other 16 10%
Unknown 40 26%

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