Today’s Funny Paradox!

Okay, today I am studying my anatomy, shame to the ongoing ASUU strike that has lasted for months now, I have got my morale back.
By the way, just wanted to share something I just read and I feel is somewhat a paradox, a funny one in anatomy.

Was taking a look at the regional anatomy of the back, precisely at the posterior spaces between the vertebral arches. I learned that some regions of vertebrae like the thoracic vertebrae do not have posterior spaces as the lamina are somewhat tightened to completely close up the canal. But there are some regions like the lumbar region where such spaces occur…thank God, and why? Because Doctors can have easy access to the canal through those spaces.
And then as if nature wants to play a hard one, I read that there are some clinical disorders associated with the spaces between the vertebral arches….to me I feel nature is like…oh! Doctor you want a space? Come and get one.
SPINA BIFIDA…a disorder I just learnt about, where the two sides of vertebra arches,usually in lower vertebrae fail to fuse during development, resulting in an open vertebral canal.
Well, there are two types of this disorder-
-The first is clinically asymptomatic and is not serious. It is known as a SPINA BIFIDA OCCULTA. It results from a defect in the vertebral arch of LV or SI vertebrae which causes a failure of the posterior arch to fuse in the midline.
– The second is a more severe  form and involves complete failure of fusion of the posterior arch at the lumbosacral junction. In this condition, there can either be a large outpouching of the meninges(the 3 membrane covering of the spinal cord). The outpouching may contain cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), a meningocoele or a portion of the spinal cord, a myelomeningocoele.
Some neurologic deficits arise from this, including problems with walking and bladder function.
Well,the above may sound really dry, but finding fun in reading anatomy during this strike, pays well…

Chibuzor F. Ogamba


Author: Chibuzor F. Ogamba

Chibuzor F. Ogamba is a Nigerian Medical Student, Writer, Poet, Blogger, Public Speaker and Catholic Apologist

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