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Definition of Scheuermann's disease

Scheuermann's disease: A skeletal disease that usually begins in adolescence in which the vertebrae grow unevenly, resulting in wedge-shaped vertebrae and a hunched back. Treatment with casting and a back brace is successful if undertaken early. Also known as juvenile kyphosis and curvature of the spine.

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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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