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  1. Yes, Miss Mehta examined Ian prior to his first...

    Yes, Miss Mehta examined Ian prior to his first casting at a conference. She did not personally cast him, but recommended that he be casted by the doctor at Shriners. She's a pretty amazing woman.
  2. Casting absolutey works! The best candidates are...

    Casting absolutey works! The best candidates are children under the age of 3and it works best if you cast before it gets to 50 degrees. Ian spent 2 years in serial casts and one brace. He started...
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    Newbie well, sort of anyway

    Can't believe I am posting here. I normally post on the Infantile board as my son, Ian, has/had infantile scoliosis. I actually haven't posted in a long time as he finished Early Treatment with...
  4. Thread: Ian update

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    Ian update

    Just wanted to give a brief update on Ian. Ian began serial casting at 43 degrees with Dr. Khoury at Shriners Hospital for Children in Erie, PA who used Mehta's technique for casting. He wore a...
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    You do look crooked from the front to me too. I...

    You do look crooked from the front to me too. I wonder if it is actually worse than 6 degrees or perhaps a leg length descrepancy as Linda suggested. It is hard to tell from the front.

    Sorry to...
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    Video of Mehta casting technique

    I just happened to be doing a search on Ian's doctor and up came this video of him casting a little girl with Infantile scoliosis. Very cool! I was so pleased to see that casting is finally getting...
  7. I learned about the AMIL frame when Ian was...

    I learned about the AMIL frame when Ian was participated in the ETP conference headed by Mehta. The conference was held at the Shriners in Erie, PA and doctors from all different parts of the...
  8. I haven't seen the table. Ian is always under...

    I haven't seen the table. Ian is always under anesthesia when they do the casting, so I am not in the room when they do it although I would have loved to have been in there to see exactly what they...
  9. From what I was told, the adult sized frames...

    From what I was told, the adult sized frames don't have the capabilities to properly elongate, or derotate, and holding the infant in traction for optimal correction. I don't know physically how...
  10. after all, they are applied on a Risser-Cotrel...

    after all, they are applied on a Risser-Cotrel frame,

    Actually, the Mehta casts are not applied on a Risser-Cotrel frame. They are applied on an AMIL frame specificallly designed for infants and...
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    Here are the symptoms: The course of the...

    Here are the symptoms:

    The course of the disorder is progressive. In children, symptoms may include lesions, hairy patches, dimples, or fatty tumors on the lower back; foot and spinal...
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    I used to work with blind kids before I quit to...

    I used to work with blind kids before I quit to stay home with my kids. Anyway, sometimes I would go in and talk to the kids without my blind/visually impaired student with me, so that the kids...
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    I would definitely call back if you are seeing...

    I would definitely call back if you are seeing changes that quickly...it can progress quickly for sure. My son stayed at around 26 degrees for several months and then - BOOM- he went to 36 degrees...
  14. You are going to LOVE the staff there. They are...

    You are going to LOVE the staff there. They are incredible. Do keep us posted!
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    Dawn, They will take your case no matter the...

    Dawn,

    They will take your case no matter the severity. You have made a good choice for your care.
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    Deshea, Carmell, & Cheryly gave you great advice....

    Deshea, Carmell, & Cheryly gave you great advice. I don't have much to add to what they already said. I agree that Shriners in Erie is a great option for you (that is where we take my son), but I...
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    Hi Jason, I know it's tough getting that...

    Hi Jason,

    I know it's tough getting that initial diagnosis. I cried a lot those first few weeks.

    Anyway, my son Ian also has thoracic scoliosis. We've been doing the serial casting at the...
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    Awww, super cute pics Celia and Carmell!

    Awww, super cute pics Celia and Carmell!
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    I want to ditto what everyone else is...

    I want to ditto what everyone else is saying....your son needs support NOW. Your doc is saying that it is at a life threatening point and yet you can't be seen until July!!! Yikes! I agree that...
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    I am glad you had such a wonderful experience at...

    I am glad you had such a wonderful experience at SLC! My son gets casted at the Shriners in Erie, PA and I agree that the staff is just wonderful.

    Wow! It sounds like you got some really AMAZING...
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    Jen, Well, that is good that you were so...

    Jen,

    Well, that is good that you were so observant and caught the scoliosis on your own. I am sorry that he has it though (((HUGS))).

    Once they determine if it is congenital or idiopathic then...
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    I am sorry that I am just now seeing your post. ...

    I am sorry that I am just now seeing your post. He may very well be able to be casted to delay the surgery aspect so that he can grow some more. Shriners in Erie, PA is probably the closest place...
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    Hi Linda, I recognize you from the Yahoo...

    Hi Linda,

    I recognize you from the Yahoo group. I just wanted to wish you luck next week with the MRI. You are extremely fortunate to be so close to Shriners...have no fears, Mariah will be...
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    Also, yes, a flexible curve is better than rigid,...

    Also, yes, a flexible curve is better than rigid, but if it is overly flexible then you run the risk of the curve bouncing back out of the cast and therefore may take longer to straighten.
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    It sounds like your doctor isn't doing the Mehta...

    It sounds like your doctor isn't doing the Mehta casting...I highly encourage you to look into that. It sounds like he is doing a spica cast possibly? The Mehta casting actually corrects the spine...
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