Question I just wanted to know if you would be able to tell me what a posterior fusion defect of the T12 is? My report also read facet joint sclerosis bilateral L5-S1. But these results were not explained to me maybe because of the importance of some other results I had in blood work. Anyways I am unable to figure out what this might mean so any help is appreciated!!
Answer Dear jamie,
Please forgive my tardiness. I answered this question before, but evidently it didn't go through to you. Of course, it could be my error. Please forgive me.
I have thought about your question, and it is a bit difficult to answer because Posterior Fusion Defect could be a couple of things, in my mind. What I believe it is truly indicating in your report is a spondylolysis... or a developmental separation of the front part of a vertebra with the back part of the vertebral bone. At times it can develop into a spondylolysthesis, where one vertebral bone slips forward on the one below it.
Facet Joint Sclerosis is a term that describes arthritis of the joints in the back portion of the vertebral bone. When two spinal bones (vertebrae) come together, they form three joints: The disc joint, and two posterior facet joints. In your case, you have arthritis or degenerative changes in the facet joints.
I hope that this gives you some ideas of what is going on with your spine. If you have further questions, you should return to your MD and have the x-rays explained to you in more detail.
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