Congenital scoliosis (VEPTR)

Some children are born with a part of the spine either not being formed fully or not being segmented. This can sometimes be seen in the scans during late pregnancy.

However, it is usually after birth that we need to assess the extent of the problem by way of a full Spine CT scan and an MRI. This requires a general anaesthesia. The children are not born with a spinal deformity. They could develop a deformity due to asymmetric growth.

The treatment options are individualised based on the scan findings. Some are observed through the growth years and some may need surgery at a very young age.