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Old 16-12-2011, 05:14 PM
Dr Scoliosis Dr Scoliosis is offline
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Default Re: Genetics

Thank you for your enquiry. There is some evidence in the literature which suggests there may be a link between cystic fibrosis and scoliosis but the matter is far from settled. With the pulmonary complications of cystic fibrosis persons with this disorder tend to develop a forward stoop known as a kyphosis depending upon the severity of the cystic fibrosis and the pulmonary complications.

In your case, if you have an idiopathic curvature then there is a reasonable genetic basis that if your son develops a scoliosis it is linked to the genetic defect. It has been established that when a mother has a definite idiopathic curve then the chances of a daughter having a curvature are approximately 27 per cent. As far as the Dr Scoliosis on duty is aware there are no clear data for the chances of a son of a mother with scoliosis developing a curvature.

The fact that your medical team checked your son for scoliosis is encouraging. A simple examination of all children to exclude scoliosis is a worthwhile measure.

A genetic background of idiopathic scoliosis is extremely complicated and far from unravelled.

I trust these comments are helpful to you.

Dr Scoliosis