What are the radiographic criteria for diagnosis of Scheuermann disease (juvenile kyphosis)?

Updated: Sep 08, 2020
  • Author: Jozef E Nowak, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Lateral radiography of the spine demonstrates diagnostic changes in Scheuermann's disease. [3, 4] Sorenson suggested the following radiologic criteria for the diagnosis of the condition:

  • Hyperkyphosis greater than 40°
  • Irregular upper and lower vertebral endplates with loss of disk space height
  • Wedging of 5° or more in three consecutive vertebrae

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