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Could you explain what is pars defect at L5 mean anyway?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Termed spondylolysis

A condition called a pars fracture or spondylolysis this is typically a congenital defect that will manifest itself in childhood but may not become symptomatic at all or at some point later in life ; can be a real fracture.
These typically can be managed non op 90% of the time. The most common vertebra to find it is at l5. Found in 6-8% of the us population. They can cause back ;/or leg symptoms.

In brief: Termed spondylolysis

A condition called a pars fracture or spondylolysis this is typically a congenital defect that will manifest itself in childhood but may not become symptomatic at all or at some point later in life ; can be a real fracture.
These typically can be managed non op 90% of the time. The most common vertebra to find it is at l5. Found in 6-8% of the us population. They can cause back ;/or leg symptoms.
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