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What is the relation between hemihypertrophy and scoliosis?

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Dr. Kenneth Casey
Neurosurgery 45 years experience
Close: Hemihypertrophy is a asymmetric body habitus, with one side larger than the other.Children with this situation are at risk for developing scoliosis, due to the muscle imbalance-thus bracing may help, but in progressive cases, surgery is more common.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Varies: You can definitely have scoliosis related to hemihypertrophy. Hemihypertrophy refers to an asymmetry in the size and mass of the two sides of the body. This can definitely contribute to scoliosis. On the other hand, certainly not all cases of scoliosis have true hemihypertrophy, most don't. Thank you for the question.

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