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Kyphosis in children

Upper curvature of the spine

If your child has congenital kyphosis our paediatric experts can help to diagnose and treat them

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If your child has kyphosis, you may be able to identify this from a curvature of their spine. It can be formed in the womb. Whilst everyone has a slight spinal curve at the top of their back, kyphosis in children can be diagnosed if the curve is beyond 50 degrees. Our expert orthopaedicians can help to diagnose and treat this.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of kyphosis in children icon plus

    There are clear physical symptoms to be aware of if you feel your child may have kyphosis. These include:

    • visible curvature of the upper spine
    • difference in shoulder height and/or position
    • uneven posture
    • upper back appears higher than normal when bending forward
    • back pain
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    Your child's consultant will discuss their medical history and symptoms with you, helping them to make a diagnosis. Tests we offer to diagnose may include:

    • a physical examination to assess appearance and structure
    • X-ray to review images of tissue and bones
    • nuclear imaging can explore potential bone diseases and possibility of tumour growths
    • MRI scan to explore your child's internal body structure
    • blood tests
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your child's treatment options and help determine the best approach for them.

    • Regular checkups every three to four months to closely monitor your child's spine.
    • A special brace or cast may be fitted to prevent further curvature of their spine.
    • In some severe cases, if the curve of your child's spine is more than 75 degrees a surgical procedure may be recommended. This is to limit further progression of the curve.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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