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What does it mean to have cervicothoracic scoliosis?

What does it mean to have cervicothoracic scoliosis?

Curve in spine: Cervical is neck. Thoracic is chest. Lumbar is lower back. Cervicothoracic scoliosis means there is a curve in the chest and neck part of the spine. The next information needed is the angle of the curve. Scoliosis can be a minor or a major issue depending on the severity of the curve. Learning good body mechanics and stretches can keep discomfort (muscular) to a minimun. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have minimal cervicothoracic scoliosis and loss of cervical lordosis?

What does it mean to have minimal cervicothoracic scoliosis and loss of cervical lordosis?

Translation: The spine at the neck usually has a gentile curve forward then back creating a bow like appearance when seen from the side. Lack of cervical lordosis means it has lost this curve. Cervicothoracic is just a term locating what they see as a slight curve (side to side) in the upper back. ...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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X-ray: mild left convex cervicothoracic scoliosis w/reversal of upper cervical lordosis. Minimal subluxation is evident at c3-4 level. Should i worry?

Scoliosis : Mild scoliosis, min subluxation may not mean anything depending on actual numbers. Many people can have very small spinal asymmetry. Reversal of lordosis may be a sign of spasm. Either way i think you are getting the idea that one would need to see the actual films. An even more important question is why you got the films in the first place: your symptoms and your neuro exam. ...Read more

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C7-t1 there is a right lateral recess disc protrusion mildly indenting the right ventral cervicothoracic cord. What does this mean?

C7-t1 there is a right lateral recess disc protrusion mildly indenting the right ventral cervicothoracic cord. What does this mean?

Disc rupture: This MRI report suggests that your disc between c7 and t1 has ruptured and some disc ' materiel' is pressing on the the front of the spinal cord.I would suggest seeing an orthopedic or neurosurgeon for evaluation fairly soon. Good luck! ...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'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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