Splitting of the intervertebral disc in spondylolisthesis: A magnetic resonance imaging finding in two cases

J. G. Birch, J. A. Herring, K. R. Maravilla

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Abstract

Two patients with grade III spondylolisthesis of L5 on S1 underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as part of their preoperative evaluation. The nucleus pulposus of the involved intervertebral disc was noted to be divided into anterior and posterior halves. The signal intensity of the involved nucleus pulposus was decreased, a finding correlated to degenerative changes of the disc material. Moderate narrowing of the thecal sac was noted at the level of spondylolisthesis. Both patients underwent in situ posterolateral spinal fusion from L4 to S1 without decompression. We were not able to correlate the MRI findings to etiology of pain in spondylolisthesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)609-611
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Volume6
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

Keywords

  • Intervertebral disc
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Nucleus pulposus
  • Spondylolisthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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