Study Finds Higher Rate of Adult Scoliosis Than Previously Indicated

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A study, published on PubMed, has found that scoliosis is more prevalent in an adult population than previous reports have indicated.

There were 75 subjects in the study. The mean age of the patients was 70.5 years. Each subject answered a RAND 36-Item Health Survey questionnaire, a full-length anteroposterior standing radiographic assessment of the spine was obtained and nutritional parameters were analyzed from blood samples for each subject.

The study found that 68 percent of subjects met the definition of scoliosis. Previous reports note a prevalence of adult scoliosis up to 32 percent, according to the study.

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