Relationship between Lung Volume and Pulmonary Function in Patients With Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Computed Tomographic-based 3-Dimensional Volumetric Reconstruction of Lung Parenchyma

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Study Design:



We determined values for the volume of right lung (Vr), left lung (Vl), total lung volume (Vt), and left/right lung volume ratio (Vl/Vr), allowing comparison between those data measured and those of age-matched controls. To find whether lung volume correlates with preoperative pulmonary function.

Summary of Background Data:

To our knowledge, no study on relationship between computed tomographic (CT) scans determined lung volume and pulmonary function test (PFT) in scoliosis have been published.


All examinations with PFT (31 cases) were identified. Three-dimensional volumetric reconstruction of lung parenchyma was performed on existing preoperative CT scans for 26 idiopathic scoliosis patients. Vl, Vr, Vt, Vl/Vr, and absolute value of right volume minus left volume (|Vr−Vl|) were calculated and correlated with PFTs. To determine if significant difference of preoperative lung volume exists between idiopathic scoliosis patients and controls. Linear regression models, using 3-dimensional lung volume parameters as predictors for vital capacity (VC), forced vital capacity (FVC), and total lung capacity (TLC), were created.


Vt was positively correlated with VC, FVC, forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1), TLC, predicted value for FVC (FVC%), predicted value for FEV1 (FEV1%), predicted value for TLC (TLC%), and predicted value for maximal ventilator volume (MVV%) (P<0.05); |Vr−Vl| was not correlated with ventilation parameters (P>0.05); Diffusion parameters were not correlated with CT-reconstructed lung volume parameters (P>0.05); male and female adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients had less Vt, Vr, and Vl compared with those of age-matched controls (P<0.05).


Vt was positively correlated with VC, FVC, FEV1, TLC, FVC%, FEV1%, TLC%, and MVV%. Vt, Vr, and Vl of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients were less than those of age-matched controls.

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