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Thoracic Hyperkyphosis



    • Look For

    • Marked rounding of the thoracic spine.
    • Significance

    • The thoracic spine is normally kyphosed, though hyperkyphosis (>40°) may result in pain, respiratory compromise and increased fracture risk.
    • Causes of Thoracic Hyperkyphosis

    • Age-related - osteoporosis, disc degeneration
    • Vertebral fracture
    • Scheuerman’s disease (adolescent kyphosis)
    • Congenital abnormalities
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