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Is there any information in the medical literaure regarding research studies or clinical trials demonstrating the effectiveness of expansion thoracostomy (VEPTR) for treatment of children with Lenz microphthalmia syndrome?
Expansion thoracostomy is a surgical procedure to treat thoracic insufficiency syndrome, an inability of the chest cavity to support normal breathing or lung growth. Thoracic insufficiency syndrome may occur as a result of
While we are not aware of research studies or
PubMed.gov is a searchable database of biomedical journal articles. Although not all of the articles are available for free online, most articles listed in PubMed have a summary available. To obtain the full article, contact a medical/university library or your local library for interlibrary loan. You can also order articles online through the publisher’s Web site. Using "thoracic insufficiency syndrome AND expansion thoracostomy OR VEPTR" as your search term should help you locate articles. Use the advanced search feature to narrow your search results. Click here to view a search.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Web site has a page for locating libraries in your area that can provide direct access to these journals (print or online). The Web page also describes how you can get these articles through interlibrary loan and Loansome Doc (an NLM document-ordering service). You can access this page at the following link http://nnlm.gov/members/. You can also contact the NLM toll-free at 888-346-3656 to locate libraries in your area.
In addition, the following review articles provide further information on this topic. We recommend that you review the articles with a health care provider.
Sponseller P, Yazici M, Demetracopoulos C, Emans J. Evidence Basis for Management of Spine and Chest Wall Deformities in Children. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2007;32(19):S81-S90.
Campbell RM Jr. Spine deformities in rare congenital syndromes: clinical issues. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 Aug 1;34(17):1815-27.
Richards BS, Sanders JO. Developing outcome measures for pediatric deformity surgery. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2007 Sep 1;32(19 Suppl):S73-80.
Yazici M, Emans J. Fusionless instrumentation systems for congenital scoliosis: expandable spinal rods and vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib in the management of congenital spine deformities in the growing child. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 Aug 1;34(17):1800-7.
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