What Are the Basics of Dextroscoliosis?

What is dextroscoliosis?

Dextroscoliosis, a type of scoliosis, is a specific term meaning scoliosis of the spine with a curvature of the spine to the right.

It is the more common type of scoliosis. The right-sided curvature of the spine can lead to the appearance of the spinal column in the shape of a “C” or an “S” instead of a straight line.

It typically affects the middle to upper areas of the back known as the thoracic spine.

What are the symptoms of dextroscoliosis?

Symptoms experienced by patients with dextroscoliosis may include:

  • uneven shoulders, with a difference in shoulder height
  • shoulder blade prominence, with one shoulder blade protruding out farther than the other
  • rib prominence, with the ribs on one side of the body protruding out more than the other side
  • uneven waistline, with a difference in height between the two sides
  • uneven hips, with a difference in height between the two sides
  • a noticeable curve to the spine
  • head tilt, with the head leaning more to one side
  • body tilt, a leaning of the upper body to one side

Severe symptoms may include:

  • difficulty in breathing and shortness of breath if the lung is compressed
  • chest pain
  • back pain
  • leg pain
  • changes and difficulties with urination or defecation

What are the causes of dextroscoliosis?

Below listed are some noted causes:

  • Idiopathic scoliosis
  • Trauma to the spinal column
  • Degenerative spinal diseases
  • Neuromuscular diseases

What are the treatment options?

Treatment options for scoliosis are based on the degree of curvature, the likelihood of significant progression and the presence of the pain.

There are usually nonsurgical and surgical approaches.


  • Regular tests to monitoring your condition: curve less than 25 degrees
  • Bracing or casting: curve between 25 to 45 degrees


  • Spinal fusion
  • Metal rod(s) or growing rod
  • Hemivertebra removal

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