Chest Deformity in Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine. There are several different types of scoliosis. Sometimes a child is born with spinal anomalies which cause scoliosis (congenital scoliosis). However the most common type of scoliosis is adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

Scoliosis commonly causes a posterior rib prominence on the side of the convexity of the curve and associated asymmetry of the anterior chest wall. Also one hip will appear to be more prominent than the other.

Scoliosis and the associated chest deformity may require orthopaedic treatment with bracing or surgery depending on the age of the adolescent and the severity of the spinal deformity.

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