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Old 25th March 2014, 01:09 PM
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Default Re: Has your infant child been recently diagnosed with scoliosis? READ THIS FIRST.

Hi there,

As I'm in England I'm afraid I'm not sure about how things are in Ireland. The X-ray taken with your son suspended by his armpits will be used to see how "structural" your son's curve is - it may be very flexible and drop out somewhat under the natural traction of his body when suspended, which will be good news as a child with IIS I used to be suspended by my neck during check-ups, to check on how much my curve seemed to lessen under this natural traction.

It is very difficult to x-ray infants before they are standing, so the combination of lying x-rays and suspended x-rays sounds very sensible.

37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.
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