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There are only minor changes in quality of life in patients with Scheuermann’s disease

Frank Damborg1, Vilhelm Engell2, Mikkel Ø. Andersen3, Kirsten O. Kyvik4 & Karsten Thomsen5 FROM: 1) Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Lillebaelt Hospital, Kolding 2) Section of Children’s Orthopaedics, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Odense University Hospital 3) Spine Section, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Lillebaelt Hospital, Middelfart 4) Odense Patient Data Explorative Network (OPEN), Odense University Hospital, and Institute of Regional Health Services Research, University of Southern Denmark 5) Spine Section, Hamlet Hospital
INTRODUCTION The impact of Scheuermann’s disease (SD) on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is unclear. Our aim was to study HRQoL based on The Medical Outcome Study Short Form-12 (SF-12) in adult life in a group of SD patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS 75.3% of 46,418 twins answered a questionnaire which included questions from the SF-12. We compared SF-12 values in SD patients and control patients, identified 259 “non-concordant” twin pairs, and compared SF-12 values from the SD twin and the healthy twin. RESULTS SD was identified in 943 persons, leaving 33,064 persons in the control g...
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