Kyphosis

Kyphosis is a term used to describe the sagittal curvature of the thoracic spine.  

An increased kyphotic angle is seen in the following conditions:

A decreased kyphotic angle is seen in the following condition:

  • traditionally measured using the Cobb angle
    • may over-estimate kyphosis if there is concominant vertebral end-plate irregularities 1
    • ​the alternative Cobb 1 or vertebral centroid angles 3 have been proposed to negate the aforementioned over-estimation

Derived from the Greek word kyphōsis,from kyphos meaning humpbacked 4.

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rID: 44126
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Thoracic kyphosis
  • kyphotic deformity

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