Sacral orientation and Scheuermann’s kyphosis

Smadar Peleg, Gali Dar, Nili Steinberg, Youssef Masharawi, Israel Hershkovitz

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To examine whether the association between spinal alignment and sacral anatomical orientation (SAO) can be detected in skeletal populations, by comparing SAO values in individuals with a typical SD to individuals with normal spinal alignment. 2025 skeletons were screened for Scheuermann’s disease. Scheuermann’s kyphosis was established by the presence of apophyseal abnormalities associated with more than 5° of anterior wedging in each of three adjacent vertebrae. SAO was measured as the angle created between the intersection of a line running parallel to the superior surface of the sacrum and a line running between the anterior superior iliac spine and the anterior–superior edge of the symphysis pubis (PUBIS). SAO was measured on 185 individuals with normal spines and 183 individuals with Scheuermann’s kyphosis. Out of 2025 skeletons, 183 (9 %) were diagnosed with Scheuermann’s kyphosis. The sacrum was significantly more horizontally oriented in individuals with Scheuermann’s kyphosis compared with the control (SAO: 44.44 ± 9.7° vs. 50 ± 9.9°, p < 0.001). Alteration in spinal biomechanics due to a horizontally orientated sacrum may be an important contributing factor for the development of Scheuermann’s kyphosis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number141
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2016

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  • Kyphosis
  • Lordosis
  • Pelvic incidence
  • Scheuermann’s kyphosis
  • Spinal alignment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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