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What causes infant scoliosis?

What causes infant scoliosis?

Variety: Could be congenital scoliosis (malformations of parts of the spine), resulting in abnormal growth. Alternatively, certain syndromes result in scoliosis in addition to other medical issues which need to be identified, worked up and treated. A variety of neuromuscular problems can also be associated. ...Read more

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Abnormal Curvature Of The Spine (Definition)

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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'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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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 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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What is scoliosis and how is it caused?

What is scoliosis and how is it caused?

It is a deformity of: The spine & are several types or categories with it appearing that the spine is curved &/or twisted. The categories are defined by the causes &/or age of onset. The typical one in teenage years is idiopathic scoliosis. This is assessed by seeing your physician. Causes can be tumor, a neurologic syndrome , an orthopedic syndrome, a congenital type or idiopathic which is multifactoral. ...Read more

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Can a car accident cause scoliosis?

Can a car accident cause scoliosis?

Not typically: Scoliosis is commonly defined as an abnormal curvature to the spine, usually related to developmental issues. A single car accident should not produce abnormal curvature in the spine unless it was such a severe accident that you actually fractured the vertebrae of the spine. A minor car accident with whip lash should not produce scoliosis. ...Read more

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What causes the progression of scoliosis in one's early 20s?

What causes the progression of scoliosis in one's early 20s?

See below.: Scoliosis (a curvature of the spine to the side) often begins around 10 years old;it’s 4-5 times more common in girls than boys. It usually causes no symptoms, but if severe, it can compress the lungs. Because it can continue to progress as long as the spine is growing, your doctor will recheck it regularly. If the curve gets to 20+ degrees, your doctor can recommend an orthopedist. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has scoliosis and it causes him extreme pain. He is prescribed loratabs. But is there anything i can do to help him.

He should seek: A second opinion. Really a horrible thing to be on lortabs for scoliosis. No narcotic medication is needed to treat this. He needs to see a scoliosis specialist, as whomever started him on lortabs for scoliosis treatment is not managing the diagnosis as it should. Taking narcotics for a chronic issue like this is a bad idea, usually does not end well. There are better treatments. ...Read more

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I have minor scoliosis, the curve moves my neck to the side. Can I straighten my neck somehow to cause it to have less of a lean? Thanks

I have minor scoliosis, the curve moves my neck to the side. Can I straighten my neck somehow to cause it to have less of a lean? Thanks

Varies : You can ultimately work on your range of motion and flexibility of the area with physical therapy and stretching. If you do have a mild curve it would be pretty uncommon to have much of a deformity going into the neck. Don't hesitate to be seen and examined directly to discuss further treatment options. ...Read more

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My aunt had scoliosis (treated as a teen), her daughter's (my cousin's) baby has Goldenhars, could they be linked? No other family member has either.

My aunt had scoliosis (treated as a teen), her daughter's (my cousin's) baby has Goldenhars, could they be linked? No other family member has either.

Unlikely: Although Goldenhars is associated with vertebral anomalies, it is unlikely if the aunt has isolated scoliosis. Make sure she doesn't have other anomalies. The cause of Goldenhars is multifactorial. There is likely a genetic component but not worked out yet. All the best. ...Read more

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