L5 spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis: A comprehensive review with an anatomic focus

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Abstract

  • Spondylolysis is most commonly observed in the lumbar spine, particularly L5, and is associated with spondylolisthesis, or anterior "slippage" of a vertebra in relation to an adjacent vertebra. Isthmic spondylolisthesis is the result of a pars interarticularis defect and will be the only type of spondylolisthesis addressed in this review. Conclusions: Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis represent a relatively common cause of low back pain, especially in young athletes, and a less common cause of neurologic compromise. When discovered in a symptomatic patient with corroborating imaging findings, early intervention provides an excellent prognosis. Herein, we review the anatomy and pathology of spondylosis and spondylolisthesis of the L5 vertebra. © 2012 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
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  • Foreman P; Griessenauer CJ; Watanabe K; Conklin M; Shoja MM; Rozzelle CJ; Loukas M; Tubbs RS
  • Start Page

  • 209
  • End Page

  • 216
  • Volume

  • 29
  • Issue

  • 2