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Thread: Levoscoliosis

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2007


    I understand this means spine curve to the left but does curve for this term mean twist as in the spine rotation many of us have or is it just another way to say scoliosis (which is a lateral curve) to the left?

    My MRI has this term on it and says its in the thoracolumbar spine so I'm assuming its referring to the rotation since my scoliosis is in the lumbar area...

    Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    I googled it and there are many links and places you can find a definition. Basically, though, levo and dextro are latin based prefixes that mean left or right, hence levoscoliosis means the convexity is on the left side, dextroscoliosis means it's on the right. I don't think it refers to the rotation per se. I don't know if this was a help or not. Best wishes figuring it all out!
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  3. #3
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    Oct 2003
    Susie*Bee is right - it just means left. When they say thoracolumbar scoliosis, it is likely because the lower part of the thoracic spine is part of the curve. My daughter has a lumbar curve (apex of the curve is in the lumbar spine) but radiologists and others who try to read her xrays refer to it as thoracolumbar. It isn't anything serious to worry about at all.

    If your rotation is significant, this can cause more trauma and stress to the disks and soft tissue than the curve of the spine. Hopefully you are seeing a scoliosis specialist.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Susie & Carmell summed it up accurately... As for the rotation... All lateral bending of the spine is accompanied by rotation of lesser or greater degrees. This is dictated by the shape of the facets of the vertebrae... You can't have a lateral bend without a rotation, even if it is slight.

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