WSOC-TV—Charlotte, N.C.—April 14, 2010
In many cases, scoliosis curves are mild and cause no problems. However, as children grow, the curves can worsen. Those with severe curves may have pain, activity limitations and issues with self-esteem.
Now there’s a new test for helping doctors predict which patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis will have curve progression. It’s called the ScoliScore™ AIS Prognostic Test. A sample of the patient’s saliva is sent to a laboratory for DNA analysis. Daniel Green, M.D., a pediatric orthopedic surgeon with Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, explains the lab screens for over 50 genetic markers related to curve progression in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and rates the results on a risk score, ranging from 1 to 200. The higher the score, the greater the risk for progression. Green says a patient with a low risk score may need to be monitored less frequently. On the other hand, those with a high score may need frequent monitoring to check curve progression. In some cases, a high risk score may lead to earlier treatment interventions to reduce the risk of curve progression.
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