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Collapse of vertebral body - surgery to fix it?

Irish55IIrish55 Posts: 17
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Briefly: I have more than a 10 year history of severe osteoporosis with non traumatic fractures of just about every vertebra, my right hip, my right femur, my left & right foot and my left wrist. I've been on pain meds for chronic back pain for a long time. I've been experienced an increase in back pain over the past few months. The pain is in the middle of my back, more on the right side, and the pain extends upwards into my upper thoracic spine. The doctor sent me for a CT scan because the metal from fusions that exist in my spine prevent MRIs from being performed. Due to osteoporosis I have broken almost every vertebra in my spine and am fused from about C4 to S1. The diagnosis after the radiologist was as follows:

Patient demonstrates fixation of the thoracic spine with Harrington rods. The L1 vertebral body is collapsed and sclerotic. This groove that was involved and enters through the left T2 pedicles extends anteriorly into the cortex of T1.

Can anybody explain to me what the "groove" is that he refers to and what it means to have sclerotic vertebra? Thanks so much. I will be seeing my surgeon next week to see if surgery is an option for fixing this.


  • normally require ALIF surgey {i have L4/L5 and S1] all collapsed now hence the ALIF this dec .the thing with spinal surgey when you get to fusion level its normally done to stop any more deterioration rather than to stop pain ..any pain relief is a bonus
    good luck
    tony {UK}
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • Tony, she has a vertebrae fractured, not disc.

    Irish55, from the context of your discussion maybe the groove is the fracture plane? I don't know, but if you go to the search bar here there are good videos of kyphoplasty vs. vertebraplasty. Good luck.
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