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What is congenital scoliosis?

What is congenital scoliosis?

Type of spine curve: There are multiple reasons for scoliosis &one is known as a congenital type which is when there is a deformity of the bones ( vertebra) of the spine that one is born with & leads to an early curvature of the spine. Some don't need surgery & others do. They tend to not respond to bracing & can be very progressive in terms of a rapidly worsening curve & may be associated with other medical issues. ...Read more

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What can I do about congenital scoliosis?

What can I do about congenital scoliosis?

Orthopedic follow up: Congenital scoliosis should be followed closely by an orthopedic doc that treats scoliosis. The issue is usually that one side of the spine grows faster than the other due to failure of one or more segments to separate or form. It progresses over time as the child grows. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible to correct congenital scoliosis thru minimally invasive method?

This depends how: Severe the scoliosis is. If it is mild, postural and bracing can help correct it slightly. However, if it is advanced, there is not much that can be done with minimally invasive procedures. ...Read more

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I'v a 10 yrs. Old daughter who has an s shape congenital scoliosis more than 45*, there was no noticable progress & no pain. What are the options?

Early and often care: Although there has been no progression yet, with your daughter at age 10 and either early in puberty or not even entering puberty yet, now is the time to be very aggressive about monitoring for changes and intervening early. This is not a little 10 degree curve - she is already at 45, and you don't want much progression before you would get agressive with early therapies. See spine doctor often! ...Read more

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Is it true that congenital scoliosis is life threatening?

Not typically: not typically. The two exception to that are if the curve has been allowed to progress to an exceptionally large degree that it effects lung or cardiac function, which is quite rare nowadays. Or two, if the patient has other associated conditions with the scoliosis such as congenital heart or kidney problems which can be seen in a small percentage of cases. ...Read more

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I have congenital scoliosis surgery question, any suggestions?

Yes: Yes you could see an orthopedic surgeon with a specialty for the treatment of scoliosis. Also, if you list your specific question on healthtap, i will try to look for it and answer it if i can. Thank you. ...Read more

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Can surgery be used to treat congenital scoliosis in children? My child was born with congenital scoliosis. Can she have surgery to correct it, or does she have to wait until she's an adult? .

Can surgery be used to treat congenital scoliosis in children? My child was born with congenital scoliosis. Can she have surgery to correct it, or does she have to wait until she's an adult?

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Talk to MD: You have to find out wether the scoliosis is affecting the child. In severe cases scoliosis can cause pain and interfere with breathing. In minor cases it is detectable on examination, but is not interfering with the patient's lifestyle. If it is the latter case you may not need surgery at all. Talk to your md about options. ...Read more

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How dangerous is congenital scoliosis for 14 yr old?

How dangerous is congenital scoliosis for 14 yr old?

Depends severity: Congenital scoliosis can progress like idiopathic scoliosis during periods of growth.Spinal surgery depends on severity of curve. Surgery would be indicated with congenital scoliosis other body systems affected. Cardiac, kidney, and bowel abnormalities have increased incidence with congenital scoliosis. ...Read more

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20years ago had l-4 spinal fusion for congenital scoliosis now as an adult uncontrollable pain. What do you recommend?

20years ago had l-4 spinal fusion for congenital scoliosis now as an adult uncontrollable pain. What do you recommend?

Work up: You need to see a spine specialist to get some tests done to see if you have adjacent levels degeneration. Usually pt and injections are first course of treatment. ...Read more

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I am 20 and diagnosed with congenital scoliosis about 10 degrees on my cervicothoracal region due to hemivertebrae.Can i do push ups ,is it prgressive?

Chiropractor: Chiropractor has good protocol to treat scoliosis & explain the prognosis.
You must have had xrays- reports or xray will help in evaluation. ...Read more

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Treatment 42 yr congenital scoliosis hemi vertebrae L4 has lead to osteoarthritis in lumbar, fractured pedicles, stenosis + degeneratIve discs L4 l5?

Treatment  42 yr congenital scoliosis hemi vertebrae L4 has lead to osteoarthritis in lumbar, fractured pedicles, stenosis  + degeneratIve discs L4 l5?

See ortho spine doc: You may need reconstructive or supportive surgery to prevent nerve damage if you have more than one vertebral body affected by the osteoarthritis. If this is a congenital issue an ortho spine doctor would give you the best advice on how to proceed safely ...Read more

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I have 35 degree congenital lumbar scoliosis along with spina bifida occulta in L5 vertebra. Is lifting weights and doing push ups a good idea?

It is fine: Typically spina bifida occulta is not highly destabilized and more of an incidental finding. The scoliosis should also not be a huge problem. My recommendation would be to work out, but don't do exercises that are bothersome to your low back. If it hurts, don't do it. ...Read more

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Could it be Klippel-feil syndrome? At 12yrs old, learned I have congenital (45degree) cervicothoracic scoliosis w/congenital cervical fusion.

Could it be Klippel-feil syndrome? At 12yrs old, learned I have congenital (45degree) cervicothoracic scoliosis w/congenital cervical fusion.

YES: The fusion of any two cervical verterbrae can be an expression of Klippel-Feil Syndrome and the scoliosis can be due to the effects of the fusion on the normal S shaped curving of the spine....Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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My recent thoracic MRI for scoliosis shows right-sided aortic arch& right-sided descending thoracic aorta..possible congenital heart dis. Can u die ?

My recent thoracic MRI for scoliosis shows right-sided aortic arch& right-sided descending thoracic aorta..possible congenital heart dis.  Can u die ?

Possible: But need more info. A right-sided arch is considered a normal anatomic variant if there are no other defects. This lesion alone will not cause problems. If you have any symptoms or concerns, speak with your primary doctor about obtaining more details of your cardiac anatomy. Again though, an isolated right arch without any narrowing is a normal anatomic variant (though it is relatively rare). ...Read more

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Ihave a 42 degrees s curve scoliosis. Is it more dangerous?

Ihave a 42 degrees s curve scoliosis.  Is it more dangerous?

No but it is a : Fairly classic presentation which as long as it remains under 50 degrees, you will be able to avoid surgery. You should not have any physical restrictions in terms of activities you may want to do. At age 19 and being female, your are skeletally mature. If a curve exceeds 50 degrees, the risk if progression in adulthood is a degree a year 75% chance. ...Read more

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Does having scoliosis surgery disqualify you for the u.S. Military?

Does having scoliosis surgery disqualify you for the u.S. Military?

See:: http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/spine.htm ** "Any surgical fusion of spinal vertebrae (P81.0) is disqualifying."** disqualifying ...Read more

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Can S shaped scoliosis over 25 degrees cause an even more uneven chest in girls during teen years?

Scoliosis involving: the thorax causes a prominence of the ribs on the back and then on the opposite side in the front which may be somewhat noticable with or without breast growth. Scoliosis tends to worsen during periods of growth, but most 17 year old girls have reached adult height, and their curve will most likely remain fairly stable. ...Read more

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