L5 spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis: A comprehensive review with an anatomic focus

Paul Foreman, Christoph J. Griessenauer, Koichi Watanabe, Michael Conklin, Mohammadali Mohajel Shoja, Curtis J. Rozzelle, Marios Loukas, R. Shane Tubbs

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Spondylolysis is most commonly observed in the lumbar spine, particularly L5, and is associated with spondylolisthesis, or anterior "slippage" of a vertebra in relation to an adjacent vertebra. Isthmic spondylolisthesis is the result of a pars interarticularis defect and will be the only type of spondylolisthesis addressed in this review. Conclusions: Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis represent a relatively common cause of low back pain, especially in young athletes, and a less common cause of neurologic compromise. When discovered in a symptomatic patient with corroborating imaging findings, early intervention provides an excellent prognosis. Herein, we review the anatomy and pathology of spondylosis and spondylolisthesis of the L5 vertebra.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-216
Number of pages8
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Anatomy
  • Pathology
  • Spine
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Vertebrae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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