By Brooke Strickland and Dr. Andrew Cash
Congential fusion happens when two or more vertebrae of the spine are fused together permanently, usually while in the womb. This condition often puts the patient living with this condition at an increased risk for spinal cord injury. Cervical fusion is more common than thoracic or lumbar fusions, and many times they will be there with no spinal deformity. Other times, there will be severe spinal deformations visible to the eye. There is not usually a family history of congenital fusion, so it’s unlikely that the condition is hereditary.
For more information on this condition, contact Dr. Cash at Desert Institute of Spine Care for an appointment at: http://www.disclv.com.