A rare cause of low back pain

M. Heim*, C. Marcovich

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An 18-year-old new army recruit had been treated by his medical officer for low back pain. The pain was not relieved by medication, and the soldier was referred to an orthopedic clinic. Muscle power, reflexes, and sensation were all normal for the lumbar and sacral nerves. Roentgenograms revealed a hemivertebra at the level of the first sacral segment. This is a very rare cause of backache in patients with intact and functioning lumbar and sacral nerves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-275
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopedics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


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