Scoliosis, spondylolysis, and spondylolisthesis. Their relationship as reviewed in 539 patients

Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1978 Sep;3(3):234-45.


Five hundred consecutive idiopathic scoliosis patients in whom routine oblique roentgenograms of the lumbosacral area were obtained, plus 39 patients with a presenting problem of spondylolisthesis, were reviewed in an attempt to answer questions concerning the best therapeutic approaches in patients having coincident scoliosis and pars defects. The incidence of pars defects in patients with idiopathic scoliosis was found to be 6.2%, slightly higher than in the white female population at large. The indications for a surgical approach to the pars defect and/or the spinal curvature parallel the indications for each problem arising independently.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Braces
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Radiography
  • Scoliosis / complications*
  • Scoliosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Scoliosis / therapy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spondylolisthesis / complications*
  • Spondylolisthesis / diagnostic imaging
  • Spondylolisthesis / therapy
  • Spondylolysis / complications*
  • Spondylolysis / diagnostic imaging
  • Spondylolysis / therapy