Case contributed by Dr Adam Ramsey


Asymptomatic adolescent with a curved back.

Patient Data

Age: 14 years
Gender: Female

There is levoscoliosis of the thoracic or lumbar spine. Cobb's angle obtained (superior plate T10 and inferior plate L5) is approximately 22 degrees.

Case Discussion

Scoliosis in adolescents is commonly idiopathic. Levoscoliosis describes the spine when it curves to the left side of the body. Dextroscoliosis describes the spine when it curves to the right side of the body. In this case, observation is sufficient as it is in curves smaller than 25 degrees if the patient is still growing or 50 degrees if the patient has completed their growth. 

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Case information

rID: 70935
Published: 10th Sep 2019
Last edited: 13th Sep 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Avalon University School of Medicine

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