Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
Research Article

Relationship between Scheuermann disease and symptomatic thoracic spinal stenosis: A retrospective study


Department of Spine, Qilu Hospital, Cheeloo College of Medicine, Shandong University, Jinan, China


Department of Orthopaedics, Yantaishan Hospital, Yantai, China


Clinical Laboratory, Yantaishan Hospital, Yantai, China

AOTT 2021; 55: 253-257
DOI: 10.5152/j.aott.2021.20022
Read: 140 Downloads: 30 Published: 27 May 2021

Objective: This study aimed to investigate the possible relationship between Scheuermann disease (SD) and the pathophysiological factors of thoracic spinal stenosis (TSS), including ossification of the ligamentum flavum (OLF), ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL), and thoracic disc herniation (TDH) in patients with symptomatic TSS.

Methods: Demographic and radiological data from 66 consecutive patients diagnosed with symptomatic TSS from 2013 to 2018 were retrospectively collected and divided into 3 groups depending on the underlying pathomechanism of TSS: TDH group (18 patients; 6 women; mean age ± standard deviation [Sd] = 59.89 ± 11.34), OPLL group (12 patients; 8 women; mean age ± Sd = 56.08 ± 14.74), and OLF group (36 patients; 20 women; mean age ± Sd = 58.69 ± 9.77). A total of 41 age-matched healthy individuals (19 women; mean age ± Sd = 54.88 ± 13.63) were designated as the control group. In each group, both typical and atypical SD criteria were radiologically examined. The demographic data and presence of SD between the control group and 3 subgroups of TSS pathomechanisms were evaluated.

Results: SD characteristics were identified in 83.33% (15/18) of patients in the TDH group, 44.44% (16/36) in the OLF group, 25% (3/12) in the OPLL group, and 17.07% (7/41) of the control individuals. When analyzed by the chi-squared test and logistic regression analysis, the presence of SD was significantly associated with TDH (P < 0.01) and OLF (P < 0.05) but not OPLL (P > 0.05). Patients with TDH and OLF showed peak involvement of T10/11, and patients with OPLL did not. Furthermore, we determined that age, sex, body-mass index, and smoking status were not the risk factors for TDH, OPLL, and OLF (P > 0.05). SD was found to be a risk factor for TDH (P < 0.01) and OLF (P < 0.05) but not for OPLL (P > 0.05).

Conclusion: Evidence from this study indicated that SD might be a risk factor for OLF and TDH but not for OPLL.

Cite this article as: Ding Y, Lv S, Dong S, Cui J, Cao Z, Chen Y. Relationship between Scheuermann disease and symptomatic thoracic spinal stenosis: A retrospective study. Acta Orthop Traumatol Turc. 2021; 55(3): 253-7.

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