What is the role of school-based screening in detecting idiopathic scoliosis?

Updated: Dec 02, 2020
  • Author: Charles T Mehlman, DO, MPH; Chief Editor: Jeffrey A Goldstein, MD  more...
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Efforts at screening for scoliosis (most often in school populations) have met with mixed success. A 2-year evaluation of more than 80,000 Greek 9- to 14-year-old students screened by their schools with the Adams forward-bending test was conducted by Soucacos et al. Overall, they found school screening to be simple and effective. These authors found that they identified 181 new children with scoliosis requiring treatment (11 surgically, 170 with bracing). [82]

Peak height velocity has been studied extensively as a predictor of curve progression. [83]


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