Journal of Spine & NeurosurgeryISSN: 2325-9701

Case Report, J Spine Neurosurg Vol: 3 Issue: 5

Radiculopathy Due to Fracture of an Inferior Articular Process Anomaly at the 5th Lumbar Vertebra: A Case Report

Ryoji Yamasaki1*, Shinya Okuda1, Tomoya Yamashita1, Tomiya Matsumoto1, Takafumi Maeno1, Motoki Iwasaki1 and Takenori Oda2
1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Osaka Rosai Hospital, 1179-3 Nagasonecho, Kita-ku, Sakai, Osaka 591-8025, Japan
2Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Sumitomo Hospital, 5-3-20 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0005, Japan
Corresponding author : Ryoji Yamasaki
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Osaka Rosai Hospital, 1179-3 Nagasonecho, Kita-ku, Sakai, Osaka 591-8025, Japan
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Received: May 02, 2014 Accepted: June 11, 2014 Published: June 16, 2014
Citation: Ryoji Yamasaki, Shinya Okuda, Tomoya Yamashita, Tomiya Matsumoto, Takafumi Maeno, et al. (2014) Radiculopathy Due to Fracture of an Inferior Articular Process Anomaly at the 5th Lumbar Vertebra: A Case Report. J Spine Neurosurg 3:5 doi:10.4172/2325-9701.1000155

Abstract

Radiculopathy Due to Fracture of an Inferior Articular Process Anomaly at the 5th Lumbar Vertebra: A Case Report

This case report details lumbar radiculopathy due to fracture of an inferior articular process anomaly. The inferior articular process at the 5th lumbar vertebra bifurcated to both ventral and dorsal sides of the superior articular process at the sacrum. The ventral spur was fractured and lay just dorsal to the L5 nerve root. Although this anomaly could not be classified as congenital or acquired, this ventral spur was speculated to be fractured by high-energy trauma, resulting in compression of the nerve root.

Keywords: Anomaly; Inferior articular process; Radiculopathy; Osteoplastic hemilaminectomy

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