Pediatric isthmic spondylolisthesis showing radiologic evidence of slippage after physis injury
The pathogenesis of slippage in pediatric spondylolisthesis is still unclear, although epiphyseal injury may account for many cases based on preclinical studies. However, no reports have described a pediatric case of isthmic spondylolisthesis showing radiologic evidence of epiphyseal injury. We report such evidence in a 13-year-old boy with low-back pain. Radiography revealed rounding of the S1 surface, a fracture line below the S1 endplate surface, and a bone marrow lesion in addition to slippage. Slippage and the rounding deformity were partially reversed (from 20 to 14% and from 42 to 27%, respectively) with conservative treatment and natural bone remodeling.