Orthopaedic surgeons move young woman’s heart

The BBC are carrying an interesting case report of a young woman with severe scoliosis. The deformity had shifted her mediastinum and heart to the right but, after corrective surgery, her symptoms of back pain and the heart shift have resolved.


“A spokeswoman for the Scoliosis Association said: ‘If scoliosis goes untreated, it will cause massive effects on heart function and reduce breathing capacity because the lungs are getting smaller.‘ ”

The case report includes some before and after CXRs and the patient perspective.