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Does scoliosis affect other body systems?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Only in severe cases

Usually only with very large curves can it affect your pulmonary and possibly cardiac systems.
Sometimes after surgery depending on the type of surgery used, there may be some changes seen on pulmonary function testing but may or may not be of clinical or real life significance. There can be syndromes with scoliosis and other organ system involvement like marfan's syndrome.

In brief: Only in severe cases

Usually only with very large curves can it affect your pulmonary and possibly cardiac systems.
Sometimes after surgery depending on the type of surgery used, there may be some changes seen on pulmonary function testing but may or may not be of clinical or real life significance. There can be syndromes with scoliosis and other organ system involvement like marfan's syndrome.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Scoliosis

There are varying degrees of scoliosis, from mild to severe.
Mild may lead to some back pain, usually mild. Severe scoliosis can lead to severe deformity of the back, pressure on the abdominal organs, compression of lungs, difficulty with activities, pain and shortness of breath. If you have scoliosis, check with your doctor to assess the change, follow to see if it progresses, and referral.

In brief: Scoliosis

There are varying degrees of scoliosis, from mild to severe.
Mild may lead to some back pain, usually mild. Severe scoliosis can lead to severe deformity of the back, pressure on the abdominal organs, compression of lungs, difficulty with activities, pain and shortness of breath. If you have scoliosis, check with your doctor to assess the change, follow to see if it progresses, and referral.
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