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British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, ISSN: 2231-0614,Vol.: 3, Issue.: 3 (July-September)


Spondylolisthesis in a City in South South Geo-Political Zone of Nigeria


U. Uduma Felix1*, N. Dim Edwin2, E. Nottidge Tim2 and U. Eduwem Dianabasi1

1Department of Radiology, College of Health Sciences, University of Uyo, Nigeria.
2Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, College of Health Sciences, University of Uyo, Nigeria.


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(1) Anonymous.


(1) Hatice Bodur, Ankara Numune Training and Research Hospital, Turkey.

(2) Anonymous.

(3) Anonymous.

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Background: Spondylolisthesis is a condition where one vertebra slips over the top of the adjacent vertebra. This is commonest in the lumbar spine.
Objectives: To audit lumbo-sacral spine radiographs for spondylolisthesis with emphasis on localisations, sex distribution, types and grading.
Materials and Methods: A descriptive cross sectional study was carried out from1st May, 2011 to 21st June, 2012 in Radiology Department, University of Uyo teaching hospital, Uyo, Nigeria. Recruited patients were referrals for lumbo-sacral radiography irrespective of indications. Anterior-posterior and lateral radiographs of the lumbo-sacral spine were taken under standardized conditions. Radiographs with spondylolisthesis were identified and analysed statistically using computer SSPS 13.
Results: 249 Patients were studied (132 Males and 117 females). 9.24% (n=23) of the studied population had 25 individual vertebral displacements. 82.61% (n=19) of these patients were females and 17.39% (n=4) were males (female to male ratio - 4.75:1). The mean age for males with vertebral displacement was 44.5 (S.D=10) while the mean age for females was 44.5 (S.D=15.81). The commonest level of vertebral involvement was L4 on L5. This was seen in 56.52% (n=13) of patients with positive cases of spondylolisthesis. This was followed by L5 on S1 with 30.43%. 82.61% of patients had grade 1 displacements. Degenerative spondylolisthesis was the commonest type (52.17%), followed by isthmic type (21.74%), uncategorised (17.39%) and traumatic spondylolisthesis (8.70%).
Conclusion: Radiographic pattern of spondylolisthesis in Uyo, Nigeria demonstrates the usual female gender bias, L4/L5 localizations but interestingly show predominance in degenerative spondylolisthesis.


Keywords :

Spondylolisthesis; lumbo-sacral radiographs; degenerative.


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DOI : 10.9734/BJMMR/2013/1861

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