Non-united apophyses of the L1 transverse processes

Case contributed by Dr Mohamed Walaaedlin


Non-specific lower back pain, no history of trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 20
Gender: Male

Incomplete fusion of L1 transverse processes bilaterally, rudimentary intervertebral disc between L5 and S1 indicating incomplete lumbarization of L1, and lucent lesions consistent with Schmorl's nodes involving the inferior endplates of L1 and L2, and the superior endplate of L3.

Case Discussion

Recognising non-united transverse process apophyses is important as not to mistake them for transverse process fractures. 

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Case information

rID: 54941
Published: 9th Aug 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2017
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