Ortho Nurses...I need your help!

  1. My one year old daughter was sick and I had to take her to the ER. The did chest Xrays to R/O pneumonia. That came back fine, however, the interpretation of the radiograph reads like this:

    T spine anomalies are noted. Below t-5 the next vertebrae and the one below that each articulate with two right and a single or complex left rib. The left 7th rib is fused to the next lower rib at the medial posterior end with absence of one of the left ribs.

    What does this mean and what is the clinical significance? The ER doc did not say she needed to see a specialist, but it sounds serious!
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  3. by   P_RN
    I hesitate to offer any opinion other than see your doctor or NP and ask for an opinion of the x-ray. You can get a copy of the film or in some cases the ER can send a digital image to the doctor's office computer. Good luck.