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Risser Sign in Scoliosis

Risser Sign in Scoliosis

Topic Overview

The Risser sign helps measures the risk that a curve in the spine ( scoliosis ) will get worse, or progress. It measures how much mature bone has developed (ossification) in the upper rim of the pelvis (iliac crest). Values range from 0 (least ossification and greatest risk of progression) to 5 (complete ossification and least risk of progression). This is determined by an X-ray .

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
Last Revised July 21, 2011

Last Revised: July 21, 2011

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