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Titanium scoliosis Tx. (Pediatric Briefs).

TITANIUM SCOLIOSIS Tx A novel titanium "rib" that corrects chest wall deformities has been implanted in two children with congenital scoliosis at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, by Dr. John T. Smith and his associates. Utah is one of seven medical centers evaluating the Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib, a narrow, titanium I-beam with attachments that grab onto the top and bottom of the child's ribs to allow for straighter spinal growth. The beam, which can be lengthened as children grow, also allows for expansion of the chest cavity. In a pilot study, five patients who received the device had increased chest volumes of 40%-60%. The FDA is expected to approve the device within 1 year, said Dr. Smith, professor of orthopedics at the university.

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Author:Tucker, Miriam E.
Publication:Pediatric News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 1, 2002
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