One of the two main types of braces used to correct the lateral (sideways) curve of the spine in scoliosis. Patients can wear this brace to correct spinal curves whose apex is at or below the eighth thoracic vertebra. The TLSO is an underarm brace, which means that it fits under the arm and around the rib cage, lower back, and hips.
The other main types of brace for treating the spine in scoliosis is the Milwaukee brace which can be worn to correct any curve in the spine.
All braces for scoliosis can be custom made or can be made from a pre-fabricated mold. All braces must be selected for the specific curve problem and fitted to each patient. To have their intended effect, the brace must be worn every day for the full number of hours prescribed until the child stops growing.
An operation to open the chest, usually in order to gain access to the lungs or heart.
The area of the body that is located between the abdomen and the neck. Within the thorax are the lungs, the heart, and the first section of the aorta. Also known as chest.
- Thorn, George W.
American endocrinologist (1906-2004) who was a pioneer in the use of cortisone for treating Addison’s disease; a member of the medical team responsible for the first successful kidney transplant; and editor-in-chief of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, a key medical textbook. Dr. Thorn served for three decades as Chief of Medicine at the Peter Bent […]
- Thrive, failure to (FTT)
Refers to a child whose physical growth is significantly less than that of peers. There is no official consensus on what constitutes FTT. It usually refers to a child whose growth is below the 3rd or 5th percentiles for their age or whose growth has fallen off precipitously and crossed two major growth percentiles (for […]
A procedure to remove a clot (thrombus).