The nurse is assessing a patient with an abnormal spinal curvature. Curvature exceeding 65 degrees in one region can lead to serious complications. The nurse should assess which region of the spine for this risk?
• A curvature of 65 degrees or more in the thoracic spine can cause cardiopulmonary problems due to impaired chest expansion. If the curvature exceeds 100 degrees, complications can become life-threatening
• Life-threatening complications are not generally caused by curvatures of the sacral, lumbar, or cervical spine