A member asked:

What happens when the vertebras in you lower back start to disintegrate? also a ct scan showed something on my spine, what could all of this mean?

5 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Carl Decker answered

Specializes in Radiology

Osteoporosis?: By "disintegrate" do you mean compression fracture or just not as clearly seen? In either case you may be developing osteoporosis - or inadequate mineralization of the bone. This happens more often in postmenopausal females and can lead to compression fractures of the vertebral bodies. What the ct showed on your spine could be anything from a benign bone island to metastatic disease. Ask your doc.

Answered 11/27/2017


Dr. Kornelis Poelstra answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Spine disintegrate: The imaging studies mean that you need to find a good orthopaedic spine surgeon to have the images explained to you and discuss options... It is rare to have this problem at 55, and without the images, no-one could explain to you what the text means. Find someone good, maybe at rothman around philly. Good luck!

Answered 10/3/2015



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