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How can we Diagnose Spondylolisthesis?

Diagnosis of Spondylolisthesis is done by taking an X-ray, CT scan or MRI of the lower back.

Diagnosis of Spondylolisthesis is made based on the following:

A carefully taken medical history can help in the diagnosis of spondylolisthesis. Information about any trauma, injury and other conditions affecting the back should be obtained.

A complete physical check-up is necessary.

An X-ray of the lower back spine is necessary to confirm any bony abnormality. It will show any fracture, crack or dislocation of the vertebra. A lateral spine X-ray (a side view) helps in determining the amount of slippage.

Diagnosis of Spondylolisthesis: X-ray

CT and MRI scan: These imaging tests help in identifying other conditions associated with spondylolisthesis like compression of the nerves.

Diagnosis of Spondylolisthesis: CT Scan


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My wife is aged 32, she is suffering with Spondylolisthesis grade 2. Kindly advise me, who will be the best doctor whether Orthopadics or Neuro Surgen will treat. We are residing in Delhi,
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GuptaNavneet Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Spondylolisthesis may be-1)congenital 2)isthmic 3)degenerative 4) traumatic 5)Pathological 6)Iatrogenic.
It may be Grade 1-100% slip.High grade listhesis(Gr1&2), patients with unstable listhesis, neurological deficit and young symptomatic patients need operative treatment.

ChinmayNath Friday, August 27, 2010
lumber Spondylolisthesis at 8 and 9 during three years
chandana Das Saturday, December 27, 2008

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