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What is pediatric scoliosis?

Diji Vaughan
Pediatrics

An often slight curvature of the spine leaning laterally from one side to the other. Scoliosis can affect either gender and may worsen during the pubertal years which are often periods of accelerated growth before slowing down at the end of puberty. Scoliosis can also be congenital and present at birth and may be associated with other malformations in these situations. 

Special X-ray views of the spine can be done to determine risk of progression and need for medical intervention once detected. Bracing is a popular non-invasive treatment modality. For severe cases often with effects on other body systems, surgery becomes a treatment option for adolescents. These surgeries can be complex and patients need plenty of support in the post operative period.

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