Radiographic predisposing factors for degenerative spondylolisthesis

Yossi Smorgick*, Yigal Mirovsky, Jeffrey S. Fischgrund, Kevin C. Baker, Yael Gelfer, Yoram Anekstein

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Abstract

This study was a retrospective radiographic study involving analysis of computed tomography scans obtained for patients with degenerative spondylolisthesis of the L4-L5 segment and a control group. The purpose of the study was to identify radiological predisposing factors for degenerative spondylolisthesis of the L4-L5 segment. The authors reviewed all computed tomography scans (N=3370) performed at their institution between January 2005 and December 2008. Eighty-four patients with degenerative spondylolisthesis were identified and compared with a control group regarding facet joint orientation, the presence of sacralization of the L5 vertebra, the presence of major degenerative changes in the L5-S1 disk space, and the location of the intercrestal line. There was a statistically significant difference between the 2 groups regarding facet joint orientation, with more sagittal facet joints in the degenerative spondylolisthesis group (56° and 54° in the right and left facets, respectively, in the study group, and 46° and 42° in the right and left facets, respectively, in the control group) (P<.001). There was no statistically significant difference between the 2 groups regarding the presence of sacralization of the L5 vertebra, the presence of major degenerative changes in the L5-S1 disk space, and the location of the intercrestal line relative to the lumbar spine. There is an association between sagittal orientation of the facet joints at the L4-L5 segment and degenerative spondylolisthesis at the same level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e260-e264
JournalOrthopedics
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

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