Can scoliosis be inherited?

Luke Macyszyn, MD
Whether or not scoliosis can be inherited, and the etiology for scoliosis, remains largely unknown. However, there is a genetic component in scoliosis as studies have shown that in girls whose mother had scoliosis there is a 1 in 3 chance that they will also develop scoliosis. Likewise, in monozygotic twins, meaning twins that formed from one egg that then split, if one twin has scoliosis the odds of the other having scoliosis is nearly 70 percent.

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