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KMC Mangalore Treats A Rare Medical Condition

KMC Mangalore, part of Manipal Health Enterprises, one of India’s leading healthcare groups, has successfully performed a spine surgery on a twelve year old girl and treated her for a medical condition called scoliosis - a condition in which a person's spine is curved from side to side. It was the timely decision of Dr. Ishwara Keerthi, Spine Surgeon, KMC Mangalore and his team of extremely efficient doctors that gave back Soujanya a normal life at the best of her health.

Life was running normally for Soujanya till she was 11 years old. It was then her mother who noticed a slight bent on her back. The initial medical signs were given a passe. However, after 6 months the back bend was more prominent, as Soujanya's one shoulder became higher than the other. Her deformity also involved her chest making it disproportionate. Her family finally took her to the local Orthopedicians who referred her to Dept of Spine Surgery KMC Hospital, Mangalore.

Dr. IshwaraKeerthi, Spine Surgeon diagnosed young Soujanya to have condition of deformity of the back called Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis which required surgery to correct the deformity. Under the medical supervision of some of the best doctors treating her, the surgery was performed with clinical finesse that set the patient's spine back to its normal.She could get back to her routine within two weeks post operation. Today, at 14 years, she leads a normal life like her peers.

Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine, making it appear like an "S" or "C". It affects 2-3 % of the adolescents by the end of their growth period. Mild curvatures generally do not cause problems. However, 3-5 out of every 1,000 adolescents have curvatures large enough to warrant treatment. Scoliosis, if left untreated, may cause serious problems including limited range of motion, back pain, deformities leading to degenerative arthritis and disk disease and in extreme cases, cause impaired heart and lungs function.

Speaking on the treatment, Dr IshwaraKeerthi, Spine Surgeon, KMC Hospital said, "It was a very complicated surgery which needed utmost clinical precision. Scoliosis is a treatable condition and the treatment maybe much simpler if it is detected early. With the early detection and treatment it is possible to avoid an extensive surgery. Scoliosis maycan even be a result of a birth defect, a crippling disease or an injury. It may run in families and most often, affects girls. It commonly affects adolescents during their last major growth spurt between the age of 10 to 18. Early detection is the key in preventing the progression of scoliosis. In Soujanya's case, surgery was required and we are happy that the same was performed well and she is back to her normal life".

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