New Scoliosis Testing

The SCOLISCORE AIS Prognostic Test is the first prognostic test for the likelihood of progression of scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine. The SCOLISCORE Test is a simple saliva test that uses the science of genetics to help physicians determine which children newly diagnosed with mild adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), the most common form of scoliosis, are likely to progress to a severe curve. Scoliosis affects about 7 million people in the U.S., most of them children between the ages of 10 and 15.

Until now, there has been no clinically reliable way to predict which patients with mild AIS curves were likely to develop a more severe form of scoliosis. As a result, all scoliosis patients were monitored in the same fashion as though they all were candidates for developing a severe curve, which requires months or even years of medical surveillance. The SCOLISCORE Test has the potential to change that.

The SCOLISCORE Test provides physicians with information about the patients who have the lowest likelihood of curve progression, which, when combined with other diagnostic criteria, may reduce the number of physician visits and repeated x-rays that are necessary to monitor for curve progression. This is good news for most scoliosis patients because studies show these low-risk patients make up nearly 75% of the scoliosis patient population.

For more information, please click here. Please call our office at 919.220.5255 to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Musante to have this test performed.


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