Slipped Vertebral Apophysis
- slipped vertebral apophysis usually occurs in lower lumbar spine;
- limbus vertebral frx occur when fusion between vertebral ring apophysis and central cartilage is incomplete or delayed;
- ring apophysis w/ adjacent disc is displaced into vertebral canal;
- apophysis remain suseptible to fragmentation in both adolescents and young adults;
- associated w/ heavy lifting and vigorous physical activities;
- sciatica is more common in avulsion fracture of the cephalic posterior vertebral body than in the caudal portion;
- pt typically has signs & symptoms of acute herniated disc;
- may show small bone frag (which represents edge of ring apophysis) w/ in spinal canal;
- limbus vertebral frxs are only rarely diagnosed on plain x-rays;
- CT Scan:
- dx is is best made w/ imaging studies or with myelography;
- Diff Dx: disc herniation
- conservative treatment is usually unsuccessful, & most pts require operative excision of the disc and ring apophysis;
- simple disc excision is not adequate;
- posterior vertebral body apophyseal avulsion frxs that cause sciatica should be removed
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Fracture of the lumbar vertebral apophysis.
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Posterior lumbar apophyseal fractures.
Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.
Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 4:38 pm