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CT scan of L/5-S/1 of fusion done in Sept 07

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
:) Hi all,
I hope this day finds people doing well.
I just had a CT scan done to see if there was fusion at the surgery site.
This is the results:
Pedical screws appear well seated. Bone graft appears generally fragmented at the discs. It also appears fragmented on the right. However there does appear to be solid fusion mass with cortical and medullary continuity on the left.

L3-L4 mild annular buldging and facet arthrosis. mild narrowing of the central canal and lateral recesses.

T12-T1 there is DDD with endplate sclerosis. There is a calcified right disc protrusion. There are aortic atherosclerotic calcifications. There are numerous retroperitoneal phleboliths.

IMPRESSION: Lower lumbar fusion with a solid fusion mass on the left.

Has anyone had a similar report???

To me this means there is fusion on the left but not the right. Also the fragmented part has me a bit concerned.
Will find out more Tuesday the 29th at my appt.
Also had a MRI of my thoracic which are very painful now, but I will post that under thoracic.

Thanks for listening
Terri :)


  • but I am anxious to hear what the OS says. I hope it is all good news. Are you still experiencing lumbar pain? Terri
  • Hi hun,
    You do not have to say anything just writing to me is enough!! :) :)
    My lower back seems to of eased up a bit. It is more my thoracic area giving me a hard time. I only get a really deep ache when the pain starts in my legs or I bend to much.
    Will let you know..

    Thanks so much!!
  • Terri,

    Good luck for your appointment on the 29th. I have to admit that your results sound a bit confusing, but then I am not a doctor, and this is up to the experts to explain. It will be interesting to hear how your doctor interprets these findings.

    Let us know, will you?


    kin :) :) :)
  • Hi Terri,

    This report does sound confusing, but then again they all do to me! It's a good thing that there is fusion present in at least some places, but I guess you need to wait until you see the surgeon to find out exactly what it all means. Good luck and let us know what he says. Take care, Spicey
  • Thanks all for the responses.
    It does sound confusing doesn't it?? LOL
    Would be nice to put in "people" terms. But hey that is why they do it, so we cannot make heads or tail out of it.
    The numerous perionateal phleboliths has me a bit concerned.
    Tried googling it. Possible it means kidney stones. Which is not good for me. The urologist will rip me apart since I have not been there!!! }:)
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