Is idiopathic scoliosis more common in males or females?

Updated: Dec 02, 2020
  • Author: Charles T Mehlman, DO, MPH; Chief Editor: Jeffrey A Goldstein, MD  more...
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As mentioned previously, most patients with idiopathic scoliosis are female, and the vast majority of research has focused on females. One of the only articles written on idiopathic scoliosis in males is that by Karol et al, from the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. These authors showed that boys with scoliosis are at risk for curve progression for a longer period than girls. They also suggested that efforts to screen for boys with scoliosis should be performed a little later than similar screenings for girls. [48]


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