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Help translating Lumbar Spine X Ray

samantha1987ssamantha1987 Posts: 2
edited 02/03/2015 - 8:09 PM in Lower Back Pain

I am having trouble understanding what any of this means. If someone could please translate this into lay terms it would be greatly appreciated:

"Views: Full length frontal, lateral, and lateral collimated to the lumbosacral junction.

Findings: On the AP projection, there are 5 lumbar vertebrae. Hypoplastic 12th ribs are noted. The left transverse process of L5 is very large compared with the right. Neither of these is sacralized.

SI joints are fairly symmetrical. There is no scoliosis on the frontal projection.

On lateral projection there is very mild general lordosis. There is malrotation primarily seen in the upper lumbar spine. Disc heights and body heights are well-maintained. Posterior structures are intact.

On the available images, the only apparent listhesis is seen at L5/S1. There is retrolisthesis of L5 upon S1 measuring about 7mm.

Impression: No significant degenerative disc disease. Moderate retrolisthesis of L5 upon S1.



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