Q. What is the difference between thoracic and lumbar fusion?

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Dr. Lokesh
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 30, 2017

Hello doctor,

Can you please tell me what is the difference between thoracic, thoracolumbar and lumbar fusion? Or are they all the same?



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  • There are 12 thoracic vertebrae and five lumbar vertebrae.
  1. The fusion of the body of the vertebrae between the thoracic spine is called a thoracic fusion.
  2. A fusion at the junction of the thoracic and lumbar spine is called a thoracolumbar fusion.
  3. And that between the lumbar vertebrae is called lumbar vertebrae fusion.

This professional advice provided by me stands subject to the actual examination of report/image and is based entirely on inputs provided to me. It should be correlated with clinical findings. Regards.

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