Pars interarticularis fracture

Case contributed by Dr Bahman Rasuli

Presentation

Lumbar spine trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 15 years
Gender: Male
X-ray

There is a break in the pars interarticularis of L5 vertebrae. The "Scottie Dog" has an apparent "collar, which it should not have. The "collar" defined as a break in the pars interarticularis.

MRI

Spondylolysis of L5 vertebrae is seen in the background of pars interarticularis fracture with no evidence of spondylolisthesis.

Bone marrow edema/bruise also is seen at the site of fracture.

Case Discussion

Spondylolysis is a specific defect in the pars interarticularis unit. This defect can lead to small stress fractures (breaks) in the vertebrae.

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Case information

rID: 80015
Published: 16th Jul 2020
Last edited: 16th Jul 2020
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Jame Jam Imaging Center

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