Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Pip | 2010-02-10


Butterfly vertebrae

My daugther (2 and a half months) went for a barium meal where it was noted that " A scoliosis concave to the right is noted in the lower thoracic vertebrae with " butterfly"  vertebrae noted at the T12/L1 level and right-sided wedging of the vertebrae from T9-T11" .
Can you please explain this to me, and also what the long term effects would be.

Expert's Reply



Scoliosis means a curvature of the spine. In your baby daughter's case this has been diagnosed in infancy. Sometimes when diagnosed so early in young babies scoliosis is a sign of muscle disorders-so your baby must be followed up regularly by her paediatrician. If she has scoliosis alone and no muscle problems then this can be corrected once she has stopped growing or if necesary special braces can be used if the spinal curvature is causing her discomfort during childhood.

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