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Currently, there are many imaging tests available to help specialists make the proper diagnosis of degenerative spondylolisthesis. These are the plain xray, myelography, computed tomography scanning, magnetic resonance imaging and EMG/NCV. We will describe briefly each one of them.

 

Plain XRAY

Plain XRAY is the easiest and most reliable means of diagnosing degenerative spondylolisthesis. Standing lateral films may detect up to 15% of slips not seen on supine films (lying flat on your back). The amount of slip may be expressed as a percentage of the total anteroposterior diameter of the rostral end plate of the subjacent vertebra. The most widely used classification scheme is that of Meyerding in which the rostral end plate of the lower vertebra is divided into fourths and the degree of slip is described as grade I (0-25%), grade II (26-50%), etc.
Determination of segmental stability may alter the treatment strategy of degenerative spondylolisthesis. The most widely accepted method is standing lateral flexion and extension radiographs, although false-negatives may be significant. Static and dynamic images under a standardized load or traction may be a more sensitive means of assessing stability.

 

Myelography

Myelography is a useful tool in evaluation of the degree and levels of canal stenosis and may show evidence of multilevel disease not otherwise appreciated. This investigation is rarely performed nowadays as MRI scan is much more useful and non-invasive. The characteristic myelographic finding in degenerative spondylolisthesis is that of an hourglass defect at the level of the lithesis. Absence of root sleeve filling due to lateral recess stenosis may also be seen in patients with radiculopathy. Myelography with standing flexion and extension views may show dynamic canal or root impingement not visible with other imaging modalities.

 

Computed tomography

Computed tomography (CT) scanning, especially postmyelographic CT, is important in evaluating the bony degenerative changes that are characteristic of this disease process. Axial images at the level of listhesis may reveal significant hypertrophy of the superior articular process of the caudal vertebra encroaching on the lateral recess in patients with radiculopathy. CT also demonstrates the more sagittal alignment of the facets often seen in degenerative spondylolisthesis.

Imaging of the degenerative spine using a sagittal T2-weighted DIXON turbo spin-echo sequence

 

Magnetic resonance imaging

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows for detailed imaging of the soft tissues of the spine, including the ligamentum flavum and its contribution to canal stenosis. Superior evaluation of disc degeneration or herniation is obtained with this imaging modality. The ability to obtain multiplanar views, especially sagittal images, is helpful in evaluating multilevel stenosis and may provide excellent imaging of the neuroforamen.

 

EMG/NCV

Adjunctive studies such as EMG/NCV may be helpful to confirm radiculopathy or rule out other causes of radicular pain such as diabetic or other peripheral neuropathies. Differential pressure studies are indicated when vascular disease is suspected.

 

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At the London Spine Unit, we have some of the most qualified specialists to diagnose degenerative spondylolisthesis. Book an appointment to get a checkup.

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2022-06-10
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2022-06-08
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2022-06-06
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2022-05-18
Extraordinary Care My 81 year old mother who has retired in Ghana was suffering from severe lower back pain so a local surgeon put her through discectomy with hardware (spine screws). The procedure was essentially botched, with one screw breaching her spinal canal resulting in extreme pain; unable to walk, pins and needles and numbness in the left leg. The hardware subsequently had become infected and loosened as a result. Her life after this surgery was the worse she has ever experienced in all her life. She had no doubt that she was eventually to die from the infection and pain. Fortunately, through diligent search, we found Mr Akmal and his team at The UK Spine Centre. She had a zoom consultation and with a ready MRI and CT scan, Mr Akmal knew exactly how to have her back to fitness and a better quality of life. She travelled to England on 26 March 2022 and had the surgery on 11 April 2022. It was a day-case. It lasted no more than 1 hour 30 minutes. She was on my feet within 2 hours pain free - still pain free 5 weeks on! To her this is simply a miracle ! She is grateful to Jehovah God for Mr Akmal and his team - thoroughly professional bunch at the top of their game. No one deserves to suffer the pain she experienced for two years. She seriously recommends Mr Akmal and his team for anything SPINE!
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2022-05-18
Bilateral discectomy and dynamic stabilisation for complete foot drop From the first phone call, the team at London Spine have been amazing. I had severe symptoms following an L4/L5 disc injury from playing sports and had complete foot drop. Mr Akmal and his team treated the situation incredibly sensitively, as I had risk of permanent damage. The whole process was so quick, from initial consultation to operation was about 96 hours. On the day of the operation, the nurses couldn’t have been more helpful, attentive and calming. The surgery was flawless, with absolutely zero pain from the operation following. I am now 8 weeks from a bi-lateral discectomy and dynamic stabilisation procedure and have regained full use of my leg and toes, with a complete range of motion also. Mr Akmal’s aftercare has been first class, with regular calls from his team in the 2 weeks following the surgery, to the final consultation and discharge. Thanks so much for giving me my life back
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2022-05-09
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2022-04-22
I had a massive bulging disk on my back… I had a massive bulging disk on my back compressing my nerve for three years. It caused me excruciating pain and almost left me disabled. I was on both crutches and completely homebound due to the severity of pain and mobility limitations. I had my lumber surgery two weeks ago and walked out of hospital within a few hours pain free on my right leg that was almost paralysing prior to surgery. The disk was shaved off releasing the nerve completely. Two days after surgery I had excruciating pain on my head that is unexplained as I had CT scan and MRI which were all fine. Dr Akmal has suggested it could be from the anaesthetic. I am extremely grateful to Dr Akmal and his very welcoming and cari g team. I would highly recommend his clinic as I have had excellent recovery.
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2022-04-02
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2022-03-22
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customer
2022-03-17
Great service and painless procedure Great service and painless procedure. Definitely alleviated the pain

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