Type of Article:  Case Report

Volume 5; Issue 2.3 (June 2017)

Page No.: 3923-3926

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijar.2017.213


Nivedha Viswanathan *1, Ayesha Parveen 2, Yuvaraj Maria Francis 3, Priya Dharshini gowthaman. A 4.

*1,2 BPT Student, Saveetha College of Physiotherapy, Saveetha Univeristy, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.

3,4 Tutor, Department of Anatomy, Saveetha Medical College, Saveetha Univeristy, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.

Address for Correspondence: Ms. Nivedha Viswanathan, No.39,Ashok Brindavan Nagar, 1st main road, Iyyappanthangal, Chennai-600 056, Tamilnadu, India. E-Mail: v.nivedha2008@gmail.com


Any abnormal fusion of vertebrae results in a clinical condition called block vertebrae or vertebral synostosis. Among all the known vertebral fusion, the fusion of thoracic vertebrae is less common and comparatively rare. During the formation of vertebral column in the 4th week of intrauterine life the sclerotome part of the somites migrate around the notochord and the neural tube and undergoes a process called resegmentation. Any defect in such a process can lead to vertebral anomalies causing neurological signs and symptoms. The possible cause for the fusion of thoracic vertebra can be congential, vertebral malformations DISH (diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis) and other rheumatological degenerative diseases or infections like tuberculosis. This can lead to wide complications affecting different systems of the body. The fusion of thoracic vertebra can present many clinical signs including formation of abnormal curvatures of the spine like scolosis, kyphosisetc .the objective of the study is to present a case on the fusion of typical thoracic vertebra.

KEY WORDS: Vertebral Malformations, Block Vertebrae, Scoliosis, Kyphosis, Sclerotome.


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Cite this article: Nivedha Viswanathan, Ayesha Parveen, Yuvaraj Maria Francis, Priya Dharshini gowthaman. A. FUSION OF TYPICAL THORACIC VERTEBRAE: A CASE REPORT. Int J Anat Res 2017;5(2.3):3923-3926. DOI: 10.16965/ijar.2017.219