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Is nonstructural scoliosis serious?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Most cases of nonstructural scoliosis, especially the mild ones, are not serious. However, severe cases of scoliosis can cause the spine to curve so much that the chest cavity is constricted. This can cause the rib cage to come into contact with the lungs or the heart, creating difficulty breathing or other damage to the heart and lungs. Because nonstructural scoliosis can be treated to avoid these complications, it's important to see a doctor about your scoliosis symptoms.

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