Bertolotti's syndrome revisited. Transitional vertebrae of the lumbar spine.

@article{Elster1989BertolottisSR,
  title={Bertolotti's syndrome revisited. Transitional vertebrae of the lumbar spine.},
  author={Allen D. Elster},
  journal={Spine},
  year={1989},
  volume={14 12},
  pages={1373-7}
}
Bertolotti's syndrome refers to the association of back pain with lumbosacral transitional vertebrae. Such vertebrae were observed in 140 of 2,000 adults with back pain over a 4-year period of study. Each patient had radiographic evaluation of the lumbar spine by plain films as well as a sectional imaging modality (magnetic resonance [MR] or computed tomography [CT]). The overall incidence of structural pathology (eg, spinal stenosis and disc protrusion) detected by CT or MR was not apparently… CONTINUE READING