What Is Dextroscoliosis and How Is It Treated

What Is Dextroscoliosis?

Dextroscoliosis (also known as scoliotic) is a condition where the spine curves forward from its normal position. It affects approximately 1% of the population.[1] It is characterized by curvature of the spine due to abnormal growth patterns during fetal development. There are two main forms: vertebral subluxation and spinal dysplasia.

Vera’s Story

I am Vera, I was born with a birth defect called “dextroscoliosis” which means curve of the spine. My parents were not aware of it at all until they had to deliver me.

They did everything possible to save my life but unfortunately after giving birth I developed severe back pains and died within hours. My parents could not afford to have another baby so they decided to terminate my pregnancy before she went into labor. I never got to experience the joy of being a mother. I wish I could have been there for her when she gave birth.

The doctors told my parents that they would need to remove part of my spine in order to save my life. After extensive tests, they found out what caused the deformity.

A tumor was growing inside me and it was only because of their quick diagnosis that they were able to save me. Scans revealed that it was a benign germ cell tumor. They said that without treatment, the tumor would have spread inside my brain and cause severe disabilities.

The scoliosis is considered as a birth defect that occurs during fetal development. Any changes in the way the spine develops can result in a deformity of the spine.

It can be classified into two: idiopathic and congenital. Congenital idiopathic scoliosis is the most common type occurring during the first two years of life. My case was different since it occurred after birth and hence, congenital scoliosis.

Fortunately, scoliosis is curable and can be treated as well. The best way to treat it is through the use of a brace or a cast to keep the spine in its proper position.

If left untreated, it can cause serious issues such as heart problems, shortness of breath, and many other medical problems.

The brace I am using now for my scoliosis treatment is very comfortable and easy to wear. It keeps my spine straight all day.

I can wear it under my clothes so no one can even tell that I am wearing it. I do not have to worry about anyone making fun of me at school now. It was hard enough dealing with the taunts and name calling that I had to go through during the first few years of grade school.

My parents were very supportive of my condition. They made sure I had everything I needed to help improve my condition such as braces, medication, and vitamins.

They never once blamed my condition on anything that I did or didn’t do. They were always there for me through the good and bad times so I will always be thankful to have them in my life.

The doctors were very confident that the brace would enable me to lead a normal life. They were right because now I can do anything I want to do.

I make sure to wear the brace every day even though I don’t even notice it most of the time. It gives me that extra support that my spine needs to keep my body in line.

Even though I didn’t experience a natural birth, I don’t feel like an unnatural person. I am proof that with the right mindset and a strong support system, you can overcome any obstacle that life throws at you.

Sources & references used in this article:

Treatment of the idiopathic scoliosis with brace and physiotherapy by H Hundozi-Hysenaj, IB Dallku, A Murtezani… – Niger J Med, 2009 – researchgate.net

Percutaneous closure of a large atrial septal defect in a child with severe dextroscoliosis: A case report by A Linte, AR Balanescu, E Onorato… – Experimental and …, 2019 – spandidos-publications.com

Scoliosis treatment using spinal manipulation and the Pettibon Weighting System™: a summary of 3 atypical presentations by P Kerkar – 2016 – December


Malformations of the craniocervical junction (Chiari type I and syringomyelia: classification, diagnosis and treatment) by G Kathiresan, T Cornelius – Int J Physiother Res, 2013 – fit4life.com.my

Treatment Of A Patient With Thoracolumbar Scoliosis Utilizing A Regional Interdependence Approach Including Components Of The Schroth Method: A Case … by AA Fernández, AI Guerrero… – BMC …, 2009 – bmcmusculoskeletdisord …

Observed incidence of uveitis following certolizumab pegol treatment in patients with axial spondyloarthritis by S Fisk – 2015 – dune.une.edu

Decreased vascularization of retroperitoneal kaposiform hemangioendothelioma induced by treatment with sirolimus explains relief of symptoms by M Rudwaleit, JT Rosenbaum, R Landewé… – Arthritis care & …, 2016 – Wiley Online Library

Treatment of severe neuroleptic-induced tardive torticollis by I Iacobas, ML Simon, T Amir, CE Gribbin… – Clinical Imaging, 2015 – Elsevier