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Pediatric Congenital Spine Deformities

Congenital spine deformities are disorders of the spine that develop in a child before birth. The vertebrae don’t form properly very early in fetal development, causing structural problems in the spine and spinal cord.

These deformities can range from mild to severe, and may cause other problems if untreated, such as:

  • Developmental problems with the heart, kidneys or urinary tract
  • Paraplegia (paralysis of the legs and lower body)
  • Problems with breathing or walking


Spine Program

Children’s National offers children with spinal deformities a range of treatments, including innovative casting techniques, and hope for a bright future.

Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

From sprains and strains to complex congenital conditions, Children’s National Hospital offers one of the most experienced pediatric orthopaedic practices in the nation with experience in treating all areas from head to toe.