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Anyone can have it. Girls are more likely to have Scoliosis, and have it progress after being diagnosed. FEMALE INFANTS MALE
Not transmittable, or communicable. Only transmitted through generation. (can run in the family)
Symptoms Limbs are not the same length Body parts stick out (shoulder blades)
Cause Unknown Scientists now isolated a gene, but the cause is still unknown
Found a Specific Gene Through research, scientists isolated the gene associated with scoliosis Now knowing this gene, doctors can determine if a person will have mild, moderate, or severe scoliosis during their life With this, Doctors can determine the best treatment for that individual.
ACUTE and or CHRONIC All depends on the degree of the curve. The smaller the curve the more acute it is. The larger the curve the more dangerous and chronic it is. SCOLIOMETER: used to measure the degree of curve
Hazardous Depends on Degree Of the Curve 0°-20° (just has to be monitored) 25°-70° (not necessarily treated, but w/o treatment can cause damage; but monitoring will take place.) 70° and over (can cause spine to twist – can cause problems to organs) 100° (heart can be effected, death is possible if there is no treatment)
Effects Organs The spine can twist and could apply pressure onto the lungs. Some organs (heart) can be effected by the pressure of the bones twisting and turning.
Effects Organs The bones of the ribcage can also twist to a point where they could puncture the lungs.
Treatment If degree is not severe, Doctors will just monitor the curve over time. Wearing a brace can help decrease the chance of the curve increasing. Surgery is also a final and last decision.
A Fused Spine(surgery)
Scoliosis, is correctable if detected early BUTnot cured THE END