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Is a Bilateral L5 pars defect a fracture in the spine?

By February 27, 2017 - 3:34pm
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My son is 23 with seizures, non-mobile, non-verbal, autistic and a high tolerance for pain. He was in the hospital for almost 2 weeks last month. He had a 141 heart rate. His legs were in severe pain. If I just barely touched his legs, he would jump. The doctors ran numerous test from head to toe and they found nothing but a high sedimentation level (meaning inflammation somewhere). He was given heart meds to lower the heart rate but it was never determined what the cause was. Last week we saw his neurologist. He ran a CT of the Lumbar Spine and the Thoracic Spine W and W/O contrast. Thoracic Spine impression was negative. Lumbar Spine impression was "Bilateral L5 pars defects. The doctor is telling me that this is only a boney abnormality and it's nothing to worry about. Everything I am reading seems like it is a fracture of the spine. I don't know what to think anymore. My son is still in pain and no one can tell me what the problem is. What kind of doctor do we need to see next. Do I need to get the back and spine checked out further?

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