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is bertolotti's syndrome a genetic problem?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Bertolotti's Syn-: drome is a congenital anomaly of the lower lumbar vertebrae & a cause of back pain in children, teens & adults. I could find no specific genetic mutation known to be the cause.
Dr. Cesar Sturla
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Bertolotti's syndrome: back pain with lumbo-sacral transitional vertebrae .
Sep 26, 2014
Dr. Cesar Sturla
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
It is congenital condition but not necessary hereditary
Sep 26, 2014
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Bertolotti’s syndrome is intervertebral disc degeneration above the level of a lumbosacral transitional segment. The degeneration often takes the form of a disc herniation and results in spinal canal stenosis and potentially effacement of spinal nerves. The transitional anatomy is a developmental anomaly or variant of normal anatomy. However, it is not a genetic syndrome.

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