Mauno Ylikoski

June 2003, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 288 - 291 Original Article Read Full Article 10.1007/s00586-003-0527-x

First Online: 01 June 2003

In a Finnish population, the standing height of 1500 consecutive female patients aged 9–24 years (mean 13.9 years) with untreated idiopathic scoliosis of at least 10° in their lateral curves was compared with the standing height of average girls. The mean magnitude of the major curves was 29.4° (range 10°–80°), and that of the minor curves 20.3° (range 0°–66°). A formula for the height loss caused by the lateral curves, and that caused by thoracic kyphosis, was derived. The corrected height of the girls with idiopathic scoliosis was highly significantly (P

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