Sacralisation of L5

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Lower back pain.

Patient Data

Age: 60
Gender: Female

CT Lumbar spine

CT scan shows four rib-free lumbar type vertebral and one transitional vertebrae characterized to assimilation of L5 to the sacrum. There is also rudimentary T12 ribs.


There are four rib-free lumbar type vertebrae and one transitional vertebrae characterized to assimilation of L5 to the sacrum (TV). There is also rudimentary T12 ribs.

Case Discussion

Assimilation of L5 to the sacrum is more common than lumbarisation of S1, occurring in ~17% of the population. 

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Case information

rID: 28819
Case created: 14th Apr 2014
Last edited: 1st Jul 2017
System: Spine
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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