Hello, I was wondering about a term used by a back specialist today he diagnosed my daughter and said her l5 did not fuse that it is in two pieces instead of one i have been searching the internet and cant find the term or description of the problem he used. The term he used sounded like distendalosis if you can help i would greatly appreciate it thank you for your time.
There are two separate problems that can occur when noted “l5 did not fuse that it is in two pieces instead of one”. This could be a spina bifida occulta where the back arch of the vertebra did not fuse leaving a slightly open channel or an isthmic spondylolisthesis where fractures have occurred in the side of the vertebra.
A spina bifida occulta is a non-problem and an isthmic spondylolisthesis needs to be looked after.
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Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.