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Monday, 03 November 2008 18:33
A paper in the European Spine Journal evaluated school children. During the course of the five year study, scientists followed 839 children with idiopathic scoliosis (measuring at least 10 degrees).

The researchers outlines several risk factors for curve progression. In general, more pronounced curves had a greater tendency to advance than less seevere curves. Girls were more likely than boys to experience curve progression, especially prior to onset of menses. Curve pattern was a major predictor of advancement. Girls with right thoracic and double curves were morem likely to develop increased curvature. Among boys, right lumbar curves indicated a higher risk of progression. Left thoracic curves in both sexes were less likely to advance.

Soucacos PN, Zacharis K, Gelalis J, Soultanis K, Kalos N, Beris A, Xenakis T, Johnson EO   Assessment of curve progression in idiopathic scoliosis   Eur Spine J. 1998;   7 (4):   270-277