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Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis

  • Diagnosed between ages of 4 to 10, this category makes up about 10% to 15% of all idiopathic scoliosis in children.
  • Younger children: Boys are affected slightly more than girls and the curve is often left-sided.
  • Older children: Condition resembles adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, with a predominance of girls and right-sided curves.

Prognosis

Juvenile curves that reach 30° tend to continue to worsen without treatment.

Treatment Options

  • Observation
  • Bracing / Casting - Bracing is often used to manage these curves, but many children in the juvenile age-range require surgical treatment.
  • Surgery - Vertebral body stapling and tethering are novel options for treatment at this time.