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what does it mean when your lower spine x-ray report says "notable for a sacralized vertebra at l5"?

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Dr. Richard Guyer
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 46 years experience
Anatomical variation: Simple put, the last lumbar vertebra did not know if it wanted to live in the lumbar spine or the sacrum. So usually one side looks like a sacral vertebra and the other side looks like a lumbar vertebra. It is very common and has no linical symptoms in 99% of patients.

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