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CH 10 L-Sp Definitio

Definitions for Lumbar Spine Pathologies

QuestionAnswer
Cervical Rib An extra rib that arises from the 7th cervical vertebrae
Osteoporosis Abnormal loss of bony tissue resulting in porous fragile bones
Nucleus Pulposus The gelatinous tissue in the center of the vertebral disk
Spina Bifida A congenital condition when spinous process is absent. The posterior aspect of the vertebrae fail to develop.
Spondylolisthesis A forward dislocation of 1 vertebrae over the one beneath it. Or when on vertebrae is starting to "list" forward.
Spondylolysis When there's a space between at the pars interarticularis. The space is then causing the vertebrae to move forward.
Spondylosis General back problem
Kyphosis An abnormal backward (posterior) curve to the vertebral column.
Lordosis An abnormal inward (anterior) curve to the vertebral column.
Pectus Excavatum When the sternum is abnormally depressed.
Created by: jamestkelley