Scoliosis in Pediatric Patients: Comorbid Disorders and Screening

Michael P Horan; Todd A Milbrandt

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Pediatr Health. 2009;3(5):451-456. 

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Future Perspective

The future of scoliosis diagnosis lies in the genetic make-up of the patient. Recently, a series of DNA markers has been associated with some forms of idiopathic scoliosis. If we can use those markers, we can further investigate those without the genes for the comorbid conditions listed above. New techniques for management of scoliosis continue to be developed, including attempts at growth modulation instead of direct spinal fusion, which may prove to be useful in the management of very young patients.

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