Malformations - Scoliosis
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Scoliosis is a disorder in which there is a sideways curve of the spine, or backbone. Curves are often S-shaped or C-shaped. In most people, there is no known cause for this curve. This is known as idiopathic scoliosis.
Scoliosis can run in families. A child who has a parent, brother, or sister with idiopathic scoliosis should have regular checkups by the family doctor.
The spine is structurally normal and the curve is temporary. In these cases, the doctor will try to find and correct the cause.
The spine has a fixed curve. The cause could be a disease, injury, infection, or birth defect.
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