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Lumbosacral transitional vertebra

Case contributed by Dr Naboth Chioreso

Presentation

Chronic backpain

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Male

There are six lumbar vertebrae - lumbarization of S1.

The last vertebra with lumbar morphology will be designated as L5.

Normal lumbar spine with transitional vertebra.

Case Discussion

Prevalence of lumbosacral transitional vertebra is about 4%–30%.

Identification of lumbar transitional vertebra is important cause this may lead to mismanagement of patients ( surgical procedure at wrong spinal level) with resultant poor out comes.

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