The term retrolisthesis (more rarely the synonyms retrospondylolisthesis or posterolisthesis) refers to posterior displacement (backward slip) of a vertebral body relative to one below. Causes include trauma, facet joint osteoarthritis or congenital anomalies (e.g. underdevelopment of the pedicles). 

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rID: 20119
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Retrospondylolistheses
  • Posterolistheses
  • Retrolistheses
  • Posterolisthesis
  • Retrospondylolisthesis
  • Backward slip
  • Posterior slippage
  • Posterior slip

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