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How is infantile scoliosis diagnosed?

Pediatricians and clinicians use the medical history, a physical exam, x-rays, and an MRI to diagnose infantile scoliosis. The doctor may ask about birth defects or trauma and family history. During the exam, the clinician checks the child's back, shoulders, legs, pelvis, ribs and neurological system. The doctor will also examine the skin for changes called cafe au lait spots that may indicate a birth defect. X-rays show the degree of curvature and the exact location of curving in the spine. The MRI will confirm infantile scoliosis.

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