Congenital Scoliosis | Diagnosis and Treatment

How is congenital scoliosis diagnosed?
Congenital scoliosis is usually diagnosed by doing an exam and taking a complete medical history.
Your child’s clinician may also order x-rays or EOS imaging.

magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
CT scan
pulmonary function tests
chromosomal analysis
EOS imaging

What are the treatment options for congenital scoliosis?
The treatment options for your child’s condition will depend on the severity of his or her
Some children with smaller curves may only require close monitoring during growth spurts.
Some curves are minor enough to be followed and measured without any treatment.
Children with congenital scoliosis who do need treatment usually require surgery. Bracing
and other types of non-surgical treatments are generally not effective for treating the curves
of congenital scoliosis, which are usually rigid and inflexible.
The surgical options for treating congenital scoliosis are similar to those for other types of

What is the long-term outlook for congenital scoliosis?
The outlook for congenital scoliosis is dependent upon the nature and severity as well as any
other accompanying conditions. But with successful spine surgery and attentive postoperative
care, your child can have a spine that grows as normally as possible, with a
greater torso length than if left untreated.



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