Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis

Case contributed by Dr Essam G Ghonaim

Presentation

Long standing low back pain and no recent history of trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 54
Gender: Female
Modality: X-ray

Defect of the pars interarticularis of L4 with a mild forward slippage of that vertebra in relation to L5. Defect of the pars interarticularis of L2 with no slippage seen.  

Annotated image

Modality: X-ray

Defect of the pars interarticularis of L4 (blue arrow) with a mild forward slippage of that vertebra in relation to L5 (red lines). Defect of the pars interarticularis of L2 (green arrow) with no slippage seen (black lines).  

Case Discussion

This case is simply intended to clearly show the difference between spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis being seen in the same patient. 

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Case Information

rID: 35548
Case created: 10th Apr 2015
Last edited: 24th Apr 2017
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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