What are the possible complications of pars interarticularis injury surgery?

Updated: Jan 22, 2019
  • Author: Gerard A Malanga, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Complications of surgery include disc degeneration adjacent to previously fused segments; however, Szypryt et al reported that disc degeneration, either at the disc or adjacent disc., was uncommon in patients younger than 25 years. [88, 89] In fact, the investigators found that patients who are older than 25 years and who are not treated developed a higher prevalence of disc degeneration at the deranged motion segment, as well as at the adjacent segment when compared with age-matched healthy patients. [88] Other complications include slip progression after surgery and iatrogenic neurologic deficit. [24]


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