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Old 08-30-2011, 12:33 PM   #1
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Options for treating Collapse of L1 Vertebral Body

My history briefly: 10+ years of osteoporosis with non-traumatic vertebral fractures from C2 to S1, with fusion throughout spine. Starting 6 weeks ago I had increased pain in my upper Thoracic region. CT scan results state:

Collapse of the L1 vertebral body with sclerosis of T1, T2 and T3 vertebral bodies.

Will see my surgeon in a few weeks. This is the first time I've been diagnosed with sclerosis. Can someone explain what that means regarding the spine and what can be done about it?

Thanks so much! Brittle Bones

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Re: Options for treating Collapse of L1 Vertebral Body

Sclerosis fits right in with your screen name, "brittle bones." It is a hardening of the bone under the end plates of the vertebra. In the case of a vertebra, it occurs when the endplates are affected by degenerative changes -- usually the disc space narrows, and osteophytes ( bone spurs) may form adjacent to the end plates, which sometimes compromises blood supply to the vertebra. Without proper nutrition the end plates kind of dry out, and this results in sclerosis.

I don't think there is anything they do for it ...isclerosis is part of the degenerative changes that occur in DDD, so however the other issues are being treated, I would think this would be lumped in with them and treated in the same way....

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