Congenital scoliosis: an up-to-date

J Med Life. 2015 Jul-Sep;8(3):388-97.


Congenital scoliosis represents a spinal malformation due to defects of formation, segmentation or mixed ones. It is characterized by a longitudinal and rotational imbalance. 54 patients were analyzed and 39 out of them were operated by various approaches with anterior and posterior instrumentations during 2000 and 2012. The impossibility to appoint some patients encountered in the daily practice into the known classifications, allowed us to purpose two categories of congenital scoliosis related to the predominance of spinal deviances in the coronal and transversal views. No certain etiology of congenital scoliosis has been identified until today. The susceptibility of some polygenic defects is obvious due to the presence of a sum of defects associated to most of the congenital scoliosis cases and the rarity of the presence of a unique defect. The diagnosis requires a thorough clinical and imaging examination in order to establish an individualized therapeutic strategy. The treatment of congenital scoliosis is different from the adolescent idiopathic one. Therapeutic criteria are significantly different. It is essential to assess the difference in growth of the concavity related to the convexity when choosing a particular procedure. The magnitude of the curve and the progressive rate are fundamental issues to the surgeon.

Keywords: congenital scoliosis; growth; progressive potential; spinal imbalance; spinal implants.

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Radiography
  • Scoliosis / congenital*
  • Scoliosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Scoliosis / etiology
  • Scoliosis / surgery
  • Spinal Fusion