New genetic test for scoliosis - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/11/10

New genetic test for scoliosis

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – If your pediatrician thinks your child may have scoliosis, it's a mystery for a while to wait and watch if that curvature of the spine gets worse.  Now there is a non-invasive test, called Scoliscore  may help solve the puzzle.

"This is a new genetic test that's available now, that our patients can offer their specimen just by spitting into a tube," said Daniel Green, M.D.

The company screens the saliva for over fifty genetic markers linked to curve progression and then assigns a score. 

"Someone with an extremely low score, we'd be much less likely to follow them three times a year," said Dr. Green.

But for patients with a higher score, doctor green says that might change the treatment timeline for that patient.  Scoliscore is currently approved for Caucasians, but it's still being tested among Asian and African American teens.

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