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Kyphosis

Kyphosis is rounding of the upper spine that causes the person to have a hunched back. In cases of severe kyphosis, which is also called Scheuermann's disease, the curvature can press against the nerve that runs through the spinal column and cause paralysis.

Kyphosis may be present at birth (congenital) or may be caused by injury, infection, or disease. Kyphosis associated with bone thinning (osteoporosis) in older people often is called a dowager's hump.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerRobert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
Last RevisedJuly 21, 2011

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Last Updated: July 21, 2011
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