European Spine Journal

, Volume 15, Supplement 5, pp 653–655 | Cite as

Bilateral pedicle stress fracture in the lumbar spine of a sedentary office worker

  • M. Z. SadiqEmail author
Case Report


A case of bilateral pedicle fracture in the lumbar spine of a sedentary office worker is being presented. No such case has been reported in the literature previously. Bilateral pedicle fracture is a rare entity. Few cases have been reported in literature. All the reported cases had some underlying causative factors like degenerative spine disease, previous spinal surgery or stress-related activities, e.g. athletes. Our case is a 36-year-old sedentary office worker with none of the factors mentioned. We present a case of a 36-year-old sedentary worker with long-standing low backache. There were no root tension signs. Plain radiographs were inconclusive. The patient had a CT scan. The CT scan revealed long-standing defects in the pedicles of L2 vertebra with pseudoarthrosis. Infiltration with anaesthetic relieved the symptoms. Our patient was managed conservatively with spine rehabilitation physiotherapy program. Pedicle fracture can develop due to abnormal stresses in the pedicle either because of previous spinal surgery or spondylitic changes in the spine. Bilateral pedicle fracture in the absence of these conditions is extremely rare.


Pedicle fracture Stress fracture Backache Bilateral 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Milton Keynes General HospitalMilton KeynesUK
  2. 2.Milton KeynesUK

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