Aging in the lumber spine. III. L5.

  title={Aging in the lumber spine. III. L5.},
  author={M F Ericksen},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  volume={48 2},
  • M F Ericksen
  • Published 1978 in American journal of physical anthropology
The fifth lumbar vertebra, like the other units of the lumbar spine, shows a significant trend toward lowering and broadening of the body with age. In most individuals the pedicales of L5 arise from the lateral surface of the body, rather than posteriorly as in the other lumbar vertebrae, and the increase in body breadth is very often associated with the formation of reinforcing columns of bone between the bases of the pedicles and osteophytes bordering the inferior endplate. In L5 midbody… CONTINUE READING