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Is it true that congenital scoliosis is life threatening?

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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How can I fully recognize when severe scoliosis is beginning to become possibly life threatening?

How can I fully recognize when severe scoliosis is beginning to become possibly life threatening?

Should not happen: It is unlikely that your doctor would let scoliosis progress to a life threatening degree. Severe scoliosis would be significant enough to interfere with breathing thereby raising the risk for pneumonia. Do not go without treatment if you feel you are approaching this point. ...Read more

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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?

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 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'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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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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Can having scoliosis affect your life expectancy?

Can having scoliosis affect your life expectancy?

It depend: Do u know how severe a curve you have? And if it is affecting you in other ways? What other health issues do you have? Those that will decide if it is going to effect your life expectancy or not. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is the life expectancy for someone with scoliosis shortened?

Is the life expectancy for someone with  scoliosis shortened?

No: Unless the scoliosis deformity is significantly large to cause the diaphragm to not be able to work correctly causing diminshed lung volumes and pneumonia. That would be very unusual- most people intervene early enough to prevent any situation like this. ...Read more

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If i'm 23, female, with a 43 degree scoliosis but not sever pain will i need surgery later in life?

If i'm 23, female, with a 43 degree scoliosis but not sever pain will i need surgery later in life?

Depends: You are young with active years ahead of you. Your curve is significant, but timing for surgical intervention with require consideration of an experienced spinal surgeon in reconstruction, a physiatrist and physical therapist for a complete picture. Sometimes pain is not your guide. Future function and career plans count too. ...Read more

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Can someone with a 30 degree scoliosis lead a completely normal life?

Can someone with a 30 degree scoliosis lead a completely normal life?

Yes if it is a : Typical teenage related onset one known as idiopathic scoliosis at your age there is very small chance of progression unless it is in lower back or lumbar spine. If there, then a higher risk of low back pain with age & with degenerative changes with age, & with possible loss of bone density then a further risk of progression after middle age. Speak to your orthopedist about ways to minimize risk. ...Read more

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(sorry, i was wrong with my last question) can a scoliosis of 22 degrees increase in adult life? Can the angle become higher ?

(sorry, i was wrong with my last question) can a scoliosis of 22 degrees increase in adult life? Can the angle become higher ?

Not usually: Although possible (in rheumatoid arthrits and other severe arthritic diseases), typically adult scoliosis does not progress as quickly as adolescent scoli. The worry is that you actually have adolescent scoliosis and it may progress. I suggest careful follow up by a spine surgeon. ...Read more

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Thoughts? Could scoliosis surgery affect my ability to have children later in life?

Thoughts? Could scoliosis surgery affect my ability to have children later in life?

Possibly: Not likely the surgery itself but length of recovery, medications needed, psycho-social factors associated with major surgery may affect this. At age 45, ability to have children later in life also depends on general medical and gender related factors. ...Read more

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I have scoliosis and my lower left back never developed while the right muscle bulges. Can anything be done to even this out? Problems later in life?

I have scoliosis and my lower left back never developed while the right muscle bulges. Can anything be done to even this out? Problems later in life?

Depends: Usually exercise and physical therapy is the mainstay of dealing with issues from scoliosis. Sometimes depending on how much curve you have you might benefit from a brace as well. I would speak with a good musculoskeletal/spine physical medicine ; rehabilitation doctor or even an orthopedic spine surgeon. ...Read more

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