Publications by authors named "Renée Maria Saliby"

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Reliability assessment of cervical spine parameters measured on full-body radiographs in asymptomatic subjects and patients with spinal deformity.

Orthop Traumatol Surg Res 2021 Jul 27:103026. Epub 2021 Jul 27.

Laboratory of Biomechanics and Medical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, University of Saint-Joseph, Damascus Street, Beirut, Lebanon. Electronic address:

Background: Cervical spinal alignment is usually assessed on full-body radiographs allowing for the concomitant evaluation of possible compensatory mechanisms that may occur at any level in the setting of postural malalignment.

Hypothesis: Cervical parameters measured on full-body radiographs are reliable.

Patients And Methods: A total of 70 subjects were included and divided in 3 groups: asymptomatic adults (n=21), adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis (n=20), and adults with spinal deformity (n=29), for whom full-body low-dose biplanar radiographs were obtained. Eighteen cervical parameters including gaze and cervical curvature, upper cervical spine, global cervical alignment, thoraco-cervical and cervico-pelvic parameters were measured by 4 operators, three times each. The intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) and the 95% confidence interval (95% CI) where calculated for each parameter and compared between the 3 groups.

Results: ICC and the 95% CI were similar between the 3 groups. The measured parameters showed a very high repeatability (ICC>0.8) except for C0-C2, which presented an average repeatability (ICC=0.57). The cSVA, CTPA, C2-SPi, cranial offset, T1-SPi, CBVA and cranial tilt had a 95% CI<2 (° or cm). The TIA, T1-CL and C0-C2 had a 95% CI>6°.

Discussion: The poor visibility of the foramen magnum, hard palate, C7, T1, and the sternum on radiographs could explain why certain parameters showed a higher measurement error. The assessment of these error margins is essential for an accurate evaluation of cervical spinal deformities and a proper therapeutic approach.

Level Of Evidence: III; retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data.
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July 2021

Gait kinematic alterations in subjects with adult spinal deformity and their radiological determinants.

Gait Posture 2021 07 4;88:203-209. Epub 2021 Jun 4.

Faculty of Medicine, University of Saint-Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon; Institut de Biomécanique Humaine Georges Charpak, Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Paris, France. Electronic address:

Background: Adults with spinal deformity (ASD) are known to have postural malalignment affecting their quality of life. Classical evaluation and follow-up are usually based on full-body static radiographs and health related quality of life questionnaires. Despite being an essential daily life activity, formal gait assessment lacks in clinical practice.

Research Question: What are the main alterations in gait kinematics of ASD and their radiological determinants?

Methods: 52 ASD and 63 control subjects underwent full-body 3D gait analysis with calculation of joint kinematics and full-body biplanar X-rays with calculation of 3D postural parameters. Kinematics and postural parameters were compared between groups. Determinants of gait alterations among postural radiographic parameters were explored.

Results: ASD had increased sagittal vertical axis (SVA:34 ± 59 vs -5 ± 20 mm), pelvic tilt (PT:19 ± 13 vs 11 ± 6°) and frontal Cobb (25 ± 21 vs 4 ± 6°) compared to controls (all p < 0.001). ASD displayed decrease walking speed (0.9 ± 0.3 vs 1.2 ± 0.2 m/s), step length (0.58 ± 0.11 vs 0.64 ± 0.07 m) and increased single support (0.45 ± 0.05 vs 0.42 ± 0.04 s). ASD walked with decreased hip extension in stance (-3 ± 10 vs -7 ± 8°), increased knee flexion at initial contact and in stance (10 ± 11 vs 5 ± 10° and 19 ± 7 vs 16 ± 8° respectively), and decreased knee flexion/extension ROM (55 ± 9 vs 59 ± 7°). ASD had increased trunk flexion (12 ± 12 vs 6 ± 11°) and reduced dynamic lumbar lordosis (-11 ± 12 vs -15 ± 7°, all p < 0.001). Sagittal knee ROM, walking speed and step length were negatively determined by SVA; lack of lumbar lordosis during gait was negatively determined by radiological lumbar lordosis.

Significance: Static compensations in ASD persist during gait, where they exhibit a flexed attitude at the trunk, hips and knees, reduced hip and knee mobility and loss of dynamic lordosis. ASD walked at a slower pace with increased single and double support times that might contribute to their gait stability. These dynamic discrepancies were strongly related to static sagittal malalignment.
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July 2021

Toward understanding the underlying mechanisms of pelvic tilt reserve in adult spinal deformity: the role of the 3D hip orientation.

Eur Spine J 2021 Sep 27;30(9):2495-2503. Epub 2021 Feb 27.

Laboratory of Biomechanics and Medical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, University of Saint-Joseph, Beirut, Lebanon.

Purpose: To explore 3D hip orientation in standing position in subjects with adult spinal deformity (ASD) presenting with different levels of compensatory mechanisms.

Methods: Subjects with ASD (n = 159) and controls (n = 68) underwent full-body biplanar X-rays with the calculation of 3D spinopelvic, postural and hip parameters. ASD subjects were grouped as ASD with knee flexion (ASD-KF) if they compensated by flexing their knees (knee flexion ≥ 5°), and ASD with knee extension (ASD-KE) otherwise (knee flexion < 5°). Spinopelvic, postural and hip parameters were compared between the three groups. Univariate and multivariate analyses were then computed between spinopelvic and hip parameters.

Results: ASD-KF had higher SVA (67 ± 66 mm vs. 2 ± 33 mm and 11 ± 21 mm), PT (27 ± 14° vs. 18 ± 9° and 11 ± 7°) and PI-LL mismatch (20 ± 26° vs - 1 ± 18° and - 13 ± 10°) when compared to ASD-KE and controls (all p < 0.05). ASD-KF also had a more tilted (34 ± 11° vs. 28 ± 9° and 26 ± 7°), anteverted (24 ± 6° vs. 20 ± 5° and 18 ± 4°) and abducted (59 ± 6° vs. 57 ± 4° and 56 ± 4°) acetabulum, with a higher posterior coverage (100 ± 6° vs. 97 ± 7° for ASD-KE) when compared to ASD-KE and controls (all p < 0.05). The main determinants of acetabular tilt, acetabular abduction and anterior acetabular coverage were PT, SVA and LL (adjusted R [0.12; 0.5]).

Conclusions: ASD subjects compensating with knee flexion have altered hip orientation, characterized by increased posterior coverage (acetabular anteversion, tilt and posterior coverage) and decreased anterior coverage which can together lead to posterior femoro-acetabular impingement, thus limiting pelvic retroversion. This underlying mechanism could be potentially involved in the hip-spine syndrome.
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September 2021

What is the most reliable radiographic method to evaluate the longitudinal foot arch? Application in subjects with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.

Orthop Traumatol Surg Res 2020 11 5;106(7):1263-1268. Epub 2020 Feb 5.

Faculty of Medicine, University of Saint-Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon. Electronic address:

Background: The foot arch is known to be altered in subjects with postural malalignment. Foot arch morphology can be studied simultaneously with body's balance by measuring foot radiographic parameters on full-body biplanar x-rays. There is no consensus on which is the most reliable method to use to draw the foot axes. The aim was to determine the most reliable methods to draw the main foot axes and apply these findings in order to study the difference of foot parameters between AIS and control subjects.

Hypotheses: (1) distant and clear anatomical landmarks are needed to draw the foot axes accurately; (2) foot longitudinal arch parameters differ between AIS and controls.

Methods: Ninety AIS patients and 36 controls have undergone full body biplanar X-rays from which 3D spino-pelvic and postural parameters were collected for each patient. Six radiological foot angles were evaluated on the 2D lateral radiographs: calcaneal pitch (CPA), talar declination (TDA), first metatarsal declination (FMDA), talo-calcaneal (TCA), calcaneal first metatarsal (CFMA) and Meary. Angles were calculated based on three major axes of the foot: talar, calcaneal, and first metatarsal. Two to three methods were used to draw each axis and the reliability of each method was assessed (three operators, 2-times each). Then, differences of the foot parameters between AIS and controls, and determinants of these differences among 3D spino-pelvic and postural parameters were evaluated.

Results: The most reliable methods for drawing the three axes of the foot were those using distant and clear anatomical landmarks on talus, calcaneum and first metatarsal and used for the subsequent analysis. The AIS group showed a significantly lower TDA (22° vs. 24°, p=0.014) and CFMA (141° vs. 144°, p=0.045), and higher FMDA (18° vs. 15°, p=0.008) and Meary's angle (-5° vs. -9°, p=0.005) when compared to controls. Differences were found to be determined mainly by the center of auditory meatus sagittal plumbline.

Discussion: This is the first study to evaluate the most reliable method to draw foot axes on the lateral radiograph of biplanar X-rays in order to assess radiological foot arch parameters. AIS patients were shown to have more elevated foot arch compared to controls.
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November 2020

What's Important: Foundations of Orthopaedics-The "Multiple-of-Three Rule": Where Is the Evidence?

J Bone Joint Surg Am 2018 Jul;100(13):1165-1166

Faculty of Medicine, Saint-Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon.

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July 2018