The use of magnetically controlled growing rods in paediatric Osteogenesis Imperfecta with early onset, progressive scoliosis

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  • Adrian Gardner
  • Wolfgang Högler

Colleges, School and Institutes


Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is a condition of bone fragility and can present with early onset scoliosis that can cause respiratory complications in later life. The fear of instrumenting the spine in OI is the possibility of fracture either on primary insertion or subsequent lengthening. Magnetically controlled growing rods were inserted to control a scoliosis in a 6-year old with OI type IV. Fixation was obtained using pedicle screws proximally and distally with sublaminar bands around the ribs proximally. These rods have been remotely lengthened on multiple occasions over a 2-year period. This has controlled the scoliosis whilst also allowing the spine to grow. There are no complications to report. This case reports the use of magnetically controlled growth rods used to manage early onset scoliosis in OI. Frequent lengthening, achieving small increases in length on every occasion protects against the risk of fracture during the lengthening procedure.


Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Surgical Case Reports
Issue number3
Early online date28 Mar 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Mar 2018