Congenital Scoliosis

What is congenital scoliosis?

Congenital scoliosis is the least common of the three main types of scoliosis. It’s a condition that a baby is born with, although it may not be diagnosed until the child is older. Of the three types of scoliosis, it’s the least common.

Congenital scoliosis occurs when the vertebrae do not form normally before birth. Because the spine forms at the same time as other organ systems in the early weeks of pregnancy, many children with congenital scoliosis also have bladder, kidney or nervous system problems. They may also have other problems related to the spine or spinal cord.

This form of scoliosis can vary in severity from mild to life threatening.

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How we care for congenital scoliosis

The Boston Children’s Hospital Spinal Program is known for clinical innovation, research and leadership. Our dedicated team of spine specialists will provide your child with the most advanced diagnostics and treatments — several of which were developed by our own researchers and clinicians.

As one of the largest referral centers in the country, we see more thousands of patients and perform hundreds of spinal operations each year. Our pediatric spine specialists offer expert diagnosis, treatment and care.