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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

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Spinal Treatment at Children's National Hospital

Children’s National offers children with spinal deformities a range of treatments, including innovative casting techniques, surgical procedures and rehabilitation programs to improve their chance for normal spinal function. Discover more about the treatments we offer.

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Providers Who Treat Congenital Spine Deformities

    Departments that Treat Congenital Spine Deformities

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    Spine Program

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

    The Zickler Family Prenatal Pediatrics Institute

    The Zickler Family Prenatal Pediatrics Institute at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., provides specialized care for babies during pregnancy, delivery and after birth.

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    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.