Congenital absence of a lumbar pedicle presenting with contralateral lumbar radiculopathy.

@article{Kaito2005CongenitalAO,
  title={Congenital absence of a lumbar pedicle presenting with contralateral lumbar radiculopathy.},
  author={Takashi Kaito and Yasuji Kato and Hironobu Sakaura and Koji Yamamoto and Noboru Hosono},
  journal={Journal of spinal disorders & techniques},
  year={2005},
  volume={18 2},
  pages={
          203-5
        }
}
The authors describe a rare case of a congenital absence of the right L5 pedicle in a 54-year-old man presenting with low back pain and radicular pain of his left leg. Plain x-ray films, computed tomography scan (CT) after myelography, and three-dimensional CT revealed the absence of the L5 pedicle and anomaly of the L4-L5 facet joint on his right side. On the left side, there were severe degenerative changes that were thought to be the result of an overload and instability. The degenerative… CONTINUE READING
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