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What are treatment options for infantile scoliosis?

Treatment for infantile scoliosis is based on the degree of curvature and the possibility of the condition getting worse. Doctors observe children with a curve less than 25 degrees, checking the child's spine every four to six months for signs of progression.

Infants with moderate curves may be placed in a fiberglass cast to prevent the condition from progressing. Casting is generally following by a brace.

Surgery is typically recommended for curves greater than 45 degrees or for worsening curves in a child who is still growing. Surgery may involve attaching rods to the child's spine.

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