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  1. Spine imaging after lumbar disc replacement: pitfalls and current recommendations

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    Sandén Bengt

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Most lumbar artificial discs are still composed of stainless steel alloys, which prevents adequate postoperative diagnostic imaging of the operated region when using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI. Thus patients with postoperative radicular symptoms or claudication after stainless steel implants often require alternative diagnostic procedures. Methods Possible complications of lumbar total disc replacement (TDR are reviewed from the available literature and imaging recommendations given with regard to implant type. Two illustrative cases are presented in figures. Results Access-related complications, infections, implant wear, loosening or fracture, polyethylene inlay dislodgement, facet joint hypertrophy, central stenosis, and ankylosis of the operated segment can be visualised both in titanium and stainless steel implants, but require different imaging modalities due to magnetic artifacts in MRI. Conclusion Alternative radiographic procedures should be considered when evaluating patients following TDR. Postoperative complications following lumbar TDR including spinal stenosis causing radiculopathy and implant loosening can be visualised by myelography and radionucleotide techniques as an adjunct to plain film radiographs. Even in the presence of massive stainless steel TDR implants lumbar radicular stenosis and implant loosening can be visualised if myelography and radionuclide techniques are applied.

  2. The effect of disc degeneration on anterior shear translation in the lumbar spine.

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    Melnyk, Angela D; Kelly, Adrienne; Chak, Jason D; Wen, Tian Lin; Cripton, Peter A; Dvorak, Marcel F; Oxland, Thomas R

    2015-04-01

    Many pathologies involving disc degeneration are treated with surgery and spinal implants. It is important to understand how the spine behaves mechanically as a function of disc degeneration. Shear loading is especially relevant in the natural and surgically stabilized lumbar spine. The objective of our study was to determine the effect of disc degeneration on anterior translation of the lumbar spine under shear loading. We tested 30 human cadaveric functional spinal units (L3-4 and L4-5) in anterior shear loading. First, the specimens were imaged in a 1.5 T magnetic resonance scanner. The discs were graded according to the Pfirrmann classification. The specimens were then loaded up to 250 N in anterior shear with an axial compression force of 300 N. Motion of the vertebrae was captured with an optoelectronic camera system. Inter- and intra-observer reliability for disc grading was determined (Cohen's and Fleiss' Kappa), and a non-parametric test was performed on the translation data to characterize the effect of disc degeneration on this parameter. We found fair to moderate agreement between and within observers for the disc grading. We found no significant effect of disc degeneration on anterior shear translation (Kruskal-Wallis ANOVA). Our results indicate that disc degeneration, as classified with the Pfirrmann scale, does not predict lumbar spinal motion in shear.

  3. Effects of controlled dynamic disc distraction on degenerated intervertebral discs: an in vivo study on the rabbit lumbar spine model.

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    Kroeber, Markus; Unglaub, Frank; Guehring, Thorsten; Guegring, Thorsten; Nerlich, Andreas; Hadi, Tamer; Lotz, Jeffrey; Carstens, Claus

    2005-01-15

    An in vivo study on the rabbit lumbar spine model. Effects of temporary dynamic distraction on intervertebral discs were studied on the lumbar spine rabbit model to characterize the changes associated with disc distraction and to evaluate feasibility of temporary disc distraction to previously compressed discs in order to stimulate disc regeneration. Studies have shown that accelerated degeneration of the intervertebral disc results from altered mechanical loading conditions. The development of methods for the prevention of disc degeneration and the restoration of disc tissue that has already degenerated are needed. New Zealand white rabbits (n = 32) were used for this study. The rabbits were randomly assigned to one of five groups. In 12 animals, the discs were first loaded for 28 days using a custom-made external loading device to stimulate disc degeneration. After 28 days loading time, the discs in six animals were distracted for 7 days and in six animals for 28 days using the same external device, however, modified as dynamic distraction device. In six animals, the discs were distracted for 28 days without previous loading; and in six animals, the discs were loaded for 28 days and afterwards the loading device removed for 28 days for recovery without distraction. Six animals were sham operated. The external device was situated; however, the discs remained undistracted and they also served as controls. After 28 to 56 days loading and distraction time, the animals were killed and the lumbar spine was harvested for examination. Disc height, disc morphology, cell viability, relative neutral zone, and tangent modulus were measured. After 28 days of loading, the discs demonstrated a significant decrease in disc space. Histologically, disorganization of the architecture of the anulus occurred. The number of dead cells increased significantly in the anulus and cartilage endplate. These changes were reversible after 28 days of distraction. The disc thickness increased

  4. Degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine: Another cause for focally reduced activity on marrow scintigraphy

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    Cooper, M. (Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge (United Kingdom). Dept. of Radiology); Miles, K.A. (Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge (United Kingdom). Dept. of Radiology Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge (United Kingdom). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine); Wraight, E.P. (Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge (United Kingdom). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine); Dixon, A.K. (Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge (United Kingdom). Dept. of Radiology Cambridge Univ. (United Kingdom))

    1992-05-01

    A patient is presented in whom a focal reduction in marrow activity in the lumbar spine on both leucocyte and nanocolloid marrow scintigraphy was subsequently shown to be due to fatty infiltration of marrow in association with disc degeneration. Degenerative disease in the lumbar spine has not been previously described as a cause of abnormal bone marrow distribution by such means and needs to be distinguished from a more serious pathology, such as malignant infiltration and vertebral infection, which it may mimic. In a retrospective review of 33 nanocolloid bone marrow and 117 leucocyte scintigrams, 8 showed a degree of reduced marrow activity in the lumbar spine consistent with that caused by degenerative changes. (orig.).

  5. The relationship between disc degeneration and flexibility of the lumbar spine

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    Tanaka, Nobuhiro; Fujimoto, Yoshinori; Ochi, Mitsuo [Hiroshima Univ. (Japan). Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; An, H.S.; Lim, T.H.; Fujiwara, Atsushi [Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke' s Medical Center, Chicago, IL (United States)

    2003-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between grade of degeneration of intervertebral discs and 3-dimensional biomechanical characteristics of the motion segment under multidirectional loading conditions. The material used in this study consisted of 114 lumbar motion segments from T12-L1 to L5-S1 retrieved from 47 fresh cadaver spines (average age at death, 68 years; range, 39 to 87 years). The severity of degeneration (grades I to V according to Thomson's system) was determined by examining magnetic resonance (MR) images and cryomicrotome sections. Pure unconstrained moments with dead weights were applied to the motion segments in 6 load steps. The directions of loading included flexion, extension, right and left axial rotation, and right and left lateral bending. Segments from the upper lumbar levels (T12-L1 to L3-4) tended to have greater rotational movement in flexion, extension, and axial rotation with disc degeneration up to grade IV, but the motion decreased when the disc degeneration reached grade V. In the lower lumbar spine, motion in axial rotation and lateral bending at L4-5 and L5-S1 was increased in grade III. These results suggest that kinematic properties of the lumbar spine are related to disc degeneration. Disc degeneration, particularly in grades III and IV, in which radial tears of the anulus fibrosus are found, was generally associated with greater motion. Disc space collapse and osteophyte formation, as found in grade V, resulted in stabilization of the motion segments. (author)

  6. Prolonged upright posture induces degenerative changes in intervertebral discs in rat lumbar spine.

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    Liang, Qian-Qian; Zhou, Quan; Zhang, Min; Hou, Wei; Cui, Xue-Jun; Li, Chen-Guang; Li, Tian-Fang; Shi, Qi; Wang, Yong-Jun

    2008-09-01

    Both forelimbs of rats were amputated, and these rats were kept in the custom-made cages that kept the rats in prolonged upright posture. Pathologic changes were observed in the lumbar spine at different time points after the surgery. To investigate the effect of upright posture on intervertebral discs of rat lumbar spine. Previous studies have shown that increased axial forces on the spine can decrease the height of the intervertebral disc, but there are no data to indicate whether or not long-term and repeated assumption of the upright posture could result in degenerative changes. The forelimbs of 30 rats were amputated when they were 1-month old. These rats were kept in the custom-made cages and were forced to stand upright on their hind-limbs and tails to obtain water and food. Normal rats of the same ages kept in regular cages were used as control. The rats were killed at 5, 7, and 9 months after the surgery, and the intervertebral discs samples of lumbar spine were harvested for histologic and immunohistochemical studies. Total RNA isolated from these samples was used for real-time PCR of type II collagen (Col2alpha1), type X collagen (Col10alpha1), matrix metalloproteinase-13 (MMP-13), aggrecan, and disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motifs 5 (ADAMTS-5). RESULTS.: Histologic analysis showed degenerative changes of the intervertebral discs after surgery such as disordered collagen structure of endplate cartilage, fragmentation of annulus fibrosus, and decreased height of disc. Immunostaining revealed decreased protein level of type II collagen and increased protein expression of type X collagen. Real-time PCR showed upregulated expression of MMP 13, ADAMTS-5, and Col10alpha1 mRNA and downregulated mRNA expression of Col2alpha1 and aggrecan. Long-term and repeated assumption of the upright stance accelerates disc degeneration in rats.

  7. Surgery for lumbar disc herniation: Analysis of 500 consecutive patients treated in an interdisciplinary spine centre.

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    Schmid, S L; Wechsler, C; Farshad, M; Antoniadis, A; Ulrich, N H; Min, K; Woernle, C M

    2016-05-01

    Surgical removal of a symptomatic herniated lumbar disc is performed either with or without the support of a microscope. Up to the time of writing, the literature has reported similar clinical outcomes for the two procedures. Five hundred consecutive patients, operated upon for primary single-level lumbar disc herniation in our University Spine Center between 2003-2011, with (n=275), or without (n=225), the aid of a microscope were included. Data were retrospectively analyzed, comparing the primary endpoint of clinical outcome and the secondary endpoints of complications, surgical time and length of hospitalization. Clinical outcomes and reoperation rates were comparable in both groups. Surgical time was significantly shorter with a mean time of 47minutes without use of the microscope compared to the mean time of 87minutes (plumbar disc herniation is associated with similar clinical outcomes and reoperation rates. Open sequestrectomy is associated with shorter operation times. Microdiscectomy is associated with shorter hospitalization stays.

  8. Effect of intervertebral disc disease on scoliosis in the lumbar spine

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    Wojcik Gustaw

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Lumbar intervertebral discopathy is a common clinical problem and a significant cause of low back pain. Usually it is associated with overload and damage to the intervertebral disc, which directly relates to the instability of the motion segment. Renal normal anatomy between tissues within the spinal canal is a cause of the reflex curvature of the spine, the goal is to increase the volume of the spinal channel and reduce the compression of the nerve tissue. Knee-jerk reaction to pain is an non physiological change of the setting of the spine in the frontal plane.

  9. Intradiscal pressure measurements in normal discs, compressed discs and compressed discs treated with axial posterior disc distraction: an experimental study on the rabbit lumbar spine model.

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    Guehring, Thorsten; Unglaub, Frank; Lorenz, Helga; Omlor, Georg; Wilke, Hans-Joachim; Kroeber, Markus W

    2006-05-01

    Intervertebral disc (IVD) pressure measurement is an appropriate method for characterizing spinal loading conditions. However, there is no human or animal model that provides sufficient IVD pressure data. The aim of our study was to establish physiological pressure values in the rabbit lumbar spine and to determine whether temporary external disc compression and distraction were associated with pressure changes. Measurements were done using a microstructure-based fibreoptic sensor. Data were collected in five control rabbits (N, measurement lying prone at segment L3/4 at day 28), five rabbits with 28 days of axial compression (C, measurement at day 28) and three rabbits with 28 days of axial compression and following 28 days of axial distraction (D, measurement at day 56). Disc compression and distraction was verified by disc height in lateral radiographs. The controls (N) showed a level-related range between 0.25 MPa-0.45 MPa. The IVD pressure was highest at level L3/4 (0.42 MPa; range 0.38-0.45) with a decrease in both cranial and caudal adjacent segments. The result for C was a significant decrease in IVD pressure (0.31 MPa) when compared with controls (P=0.009). D showed slightly higher median IVD pressure (0.32 MPa) compared to C, but significantly lower levels when compared with N (P=0.037). Our results indicate a high range of physiological IVD pressure at different levels of the lumbar rabbit spine. Temporary disc compression reduces pressure when compared with controls. These data support the hypothesis that temporary external compression leads to moderate disc degeneration as a result of degradation of water-binding disc matrix or affected active pumping mechanisms of nutrients into the disc. A stabilization of IVD pressure in discs treated with temporary distraction was observed.

  10. Determination of the intervertebral disc space from CT images of the lumbar spine

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    Korez, Robert; Å tern, Darko; Likar, Boštjan; Pernuš, Franjo; Vrtovec, Tomaž

    2014-03-01

    Degenerative changes of the intervertebral disc are among the most common causes of low back pain, where for individuals with significant symptoms surgery may be needed. One of the interventions is the total disc replacement surgery, where the degenerated disc is replaced by an artificial implant. For designing implants with good bone contact and continuous force distribution, the morphology of the intervertebral disc space and vertebral body endplates is of considerable importance. In this study we propose a method for the determination of the intervertebral disc space from three-dimensional (3D) computed tomography (CT) images of the lumbar spine. The first step of the proposed method is the construction of a model of vertebral bodies in the lumbar spine. For this purpose, a chain of five elliptical cylinders is initialized in the 3D image and then deformed to resemble vertebral bodies by introducing 25 shape parameters. The parameters are obtained by aligning the chain to the vertebral bodies in the CT image according to image intensity and appearance information. The determination of the intervertebral disc space is finally achieved by finding the planes that fit the endplates of the obtained parametric 3D models, and placing points in the space between the planes of adjacent vertebrae that enable surface reconstruction of the intervertebral disc space. The morphometric analysis of images from 20 subjects yielded 11:3 +/- 2:6, 12:1 +/- 2:4, 12:8 +/- 2:0 and 12:9 +/- 2:7 cm3 in terms of L1-L2, L2-L3, L3-L4 and L4-L5 intervertebral disc space volume, respectively.

  11. Lumbar spine CT scan

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    CAT scan - lumbar spine; Computed axial tomography scan - lumbar spine; Computed tomography scan - lumbar spine; CT - lower back ... your breath for short periods of time. The scan should take only 10 to 15 minutes.

  12. Association Between Lumbar Spine Sagittal Alignment and L4-L5 Disc Degeneration Among Asymptomatic Young Adults.

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    Menezes-Reis, Rafael; Bonugli, Gustavo Perazzoli; Dalto, Vitor Faeda; da Silva Herrero, Carlos Fernando Pereira; Defino, Helton Luiz Aparecido; Nogueira-Barbosa, Marcello Henrique

    2016-09-15

    Cross-sectional observational study on the relationship between the degrees of disc degeneration and sagittal alignment in asymptomatic healthy individuals. This study sought to determine whether the sagittal spine alignment subtype is related to the prevalence of lumbar disc degeneration. Sagittal balance and spinopelvic parameters might be risk factors for disc degeneration. A total of 70 asymptomatic participants (36 women and 34 men) without regular physical activity were categorized according to the four subtypes of sagittal alignment proposed by Roussouly. All participants underwent magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar spine (1.5T) and panoramic radiography of the spine. The degree of disc degeneration was graded using T2-weighted images according to the Pfirrmann classification. Spinopelvic parameters and vertebral curvatures were measured on digital panoramic radiographs using Surgimap software. Interobserver analyses for the Pfirrmann classification and spinopelvic parameters were assessed using the weighted Kappa and intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC), respectively. The Kappa associated with disc degeneration classification was 0.79 (95% confidence intervals 0.72-0.87). The ICCs were excellent, with small confidence intervals for all spinopelvic parameters. The type II group (flat lordosis) showed a higher frequency of degenerated discs at L4-L5 (P = 0.03) than the type IV group (long and curved lumbar spine). No significant differences in disc degeneration were observed among the four subtypes at the other disc levels. We found a negative, moderate correlation between the spinopelvic parameters and the occurrence of disc degeneration in the type II group. The Roussouly subtype II sagittal alignment is significantly associated with disc degeneration at L4-L5 in asymptomatic young adults. Our results support the hypothesis that spinal sagittal alignment plays a role in early disc degeneration. 3.

  13. Lumbar disc degeneration was not related to spine and hip bone mineral densities in Chinese: facet joint osteoarthritis may confound the association.

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    Pan, Jianjiang; Lu, Xuan; Yang, Ge; Han, Yongmei; Tong, Xiang; Wang, Yue

    2017-12-01

    A sample of 512 Chinese was studied and we observed that greater disc degeneration on MRI was associated with greater spine DXA BMD. Yet, this association may be confounded by facet joint osteoarthritis. BMD may not be a risk factor for lumbar disc degeneration in Chinese. Evidence suggested that lumbar vertebral bone and intervertebral disc interact with each other in multiple ways. The current paper aims to determine the association between bone mineral density (BMD) and lumbar disc degeneration using a sample of Chinese. We studied 165 patients with back disorders and 347 general subjects from China. All subjects had lumbar spine magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and dual- energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) spine BMD studies, and a subset of general subjects had additional hip BMD measurements. On T2-weighted MR images, Pfirrmann score was used to evaluate the degree of lumbar disc degeneration and facet joint osteoarthritis was assessed as none, slight-moderate, and severe. Regression analyses were used to examine the associations between lumbar and hip BMD and disc degeneration, adjusting for age, gender, body mass index (BMI), lumbar region, and facet joint osteoarthritis. Greater facet joint osteoarthritis was associated with greater spine BMD (P  0.05). No statistical association was observed between spine BMD and lumbar disc degeneration in patients with back disorders (P > 0.05), and between hip BMD and disc degeneration in general subjects (P > 0.05). BMD may not be a risk factor for lumbar disc degeneration in Chinese. Facet joint osteoarthritis inflates DXA spine BMD measurements and therefore, may confound the association between spine BMD and disc degeneration.

  14. Development and Kinematic Verification of a Finite Element Model for the Lumbar Spine: Application to Disc Degeneration

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    Elena Ibarz

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The knowledge of the lumbar spine biomechanics is essential for clinical applications. Due to the difficulties to experiment on living people and the irregular results published, simulation based on finite elements (FE has been developed, making it possible to adequately reproduce the biomechanics of the lumbar spine. A 3D FE model of the complete lumbar spine (vertebrae, discs, and ligaments has been developed. To verify the model, radiological images (X-rays were taken over a group of 25 healthy, male individuals with average age of 27.4 and average weight of 78.6 kg with the corresponding informed consent. A maximum angle of 34.40° is achieved in flexion and of 35.58° in extension with a flexion-extension angle of 69.98°. The radiological measurements were 33.94 ± 4.91°, 38.73 ± 4.29°, and 72.67°, respectively. In lateral bending, the maximum angles were 19.33° and 23.40 ± 2.39, respectively. In rotation a maximum angle of 9.96° was obtained. The model incorporates a precise geometrical characterization of several elements (vertebrae, discs, and ligaments, respecting anatomical features and being capable of reproducing a wide range of physiological movements. Application to disc degeneration (L5-S1 allows predicting the affection in the mobility of the different lumbar segments, by means of parametric studies for different ranges of degeneration.

  15. Lumbar disc herniation in the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial: does educational attainment impact outcome?

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    Olson, Patrick R; Lurie, Jon D; Frymoyer, John; Walsh, Thomas; Zhao, Wenyan; Morgan, Tamara S; Abdu, William A; Weinstein, James N

    2011-12-15

    Randomized trial with concurrent observational cohort. A total of 1171 patients were divided into subgroups by educational attainment: high school or less, some college, and college degree or above. To assess the influence of education level on outcomes for treatment of lumbar disc herniation. Educational attainment has been demonstrated to have an inverse relationship with pain perception, comorbidities, and mortality. The Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial enrolled surgical candidates (imaging-confirmed disc herniation with at least 6 weeks of persistent signs and symptoms of radiculopathy) from 13 multidisciplinary spine clinics in 11 US states. Treatments were standard open discectomy versus nonoperative treatment. Outcomes were changes from baseline for 36-Item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36), bodily pain (BP), and physical function (PF) scales and the modified Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) at 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and yearly through 4 years. Substantial improvement was seen in all patient cohorts. Surgical outcomes did not differ by level of education. For nonoperative outcomes, however, higher levels of education were associated with significantly greater overall improvement over 4 years in BP (P = 0.007), PF (P = 0.001), and ODI (P = 0.003). At 4 years a "dose-response" type relationship was shown for BP (high school or less = 25.5, some college = 31, and college graduate or above = 36.3, P = 0.004) and results were similar for PF and ODI. The success of nonoperative treatment in the more educated cohort resulted in an attenuation of the relative benefit of surgery. Patients with higher educational attainment demonstrated significantly greater improvement with nonoperative treatment while educational attainment was not associated with surgical outcomes.

  16. Effect of an artificial disc on lumbar spine biomechanics: a probabilistic finite element study.

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    Rohlmann, Antonius; Mann, Anke; Zander, Thomas; Bergmann, Georg

    2009-01-01

    The effects of different parameters on the mechanical behaviour of the lumbar spine were in most cases determined deterministically with only one uncertain parameter varied at a time while the others were kept fixed. Thus most parameter combinations were disregarded. The aim of the study was to determine in a probabilistic finite element study how intervertebral rotation, intradiscal pressure, and contact force in the facet joints are affected by the input parameters implant position, implant ball radius, presence of scar tissue, and gap size in the facet joints. An osseoligamentous finite element model of the lumbar spine ranging from L3 vertebra to L5/S1 intervertebral disc was used. An artificial disc with a fixed center of rotation was inserted at level L4/L5. The model was loaded with pure moments of 7.5 Nm to simulate flexion, extension, lateral bending, and axial torsion. In a probabilistic study the implant position in anterior-posterior (ap) and in lateral direction, the radius of the implant ball, and the gap size of the facet joint were varied. After implanting an artificial disc, scar tissue may develop, replacing the anterior longitudinal ligament. Thus presence and absence of scar tissue were also simulated. For each loading case studied, intervertebral rotations, intradiscal pressures and contact forces in the facet joints were calculated for 1,000 randomized input parameter combinations in order to determine the probable range of these output parameters. Intervertebral rotation at implant level varies strongly for different combinations of the input parameters. It is mainly affected by gap size, ap-position and implant ball radius for flexion, by scar tissue and implant ball radius for extension and lateral bending, and by gap size and implant ball radius for axial torsion. For extension, intervertebral rotation at implant level varied between 1.4 degrees and 7.5 degrees . Intradiscal pressure in the adjacent discs is only slightly affected by all

  17. Lumbar spine disc heights and curvature: upright posture vs. supine compression harness

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    Lee, Shi-Uk; Hargens, Alan R.; Fredericson, Michael; Lang, Philipp K.

    2003-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Spinal lengthening in microgravity is thought to cause back pain in astronauts. A spinal compression harness can compress the spine to eliminate lengthening but the loading condition with harness is different than physiologic conditions. Our purpose was to compare the effect of spine compression with a harness in supine position on disk height and spinal curvature in the lumbar spine to that of upright position as measured using a vertically open magnetic resonance imaging system. METHODS: Fifteen healthy subjects volunteered. On day 1, each subject lay supine for an hour and a baseline scan of the lumbar spine was performed. After applying a load of fifty percent of body weight with the harness for thirty minutes, the lumbar spine was scanned again. On day 2, after a baseline scan, a follow up scan was performed after kneeling for thirty minutes within the gap between two vertically oriented magnetic coils. Anterior and posterior disk heights, posterior disk bulging, and spinal curvature were measured from the baseline and follow up scans. RESULTS: Anterior disk heights increased and posterior disk heights decreased compared with baseline scans both after spinal compression with harness and upright posture. The spinal curvature increased by both loading conditions of the spine. DISCUSSION: The spinal compression with specially designed harness has the same effect as the physiologic loading of the spine in the kneeling upright position. The harness shows some promise as a tool to increase the diagnostic capabilities of a conventional MR system.

  18. Lumbar spine disc heights and curvature: upright posture vs. supine compression harness

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    Lee, Shi-Uk; Hargens, Alan R.; Fredericson, Michael; Lang, Philipp K.

    2003-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Spinal lengthening in microgravity is thought to cause back pain in astronauts. A spinal compression harness can compress the spine to eliminate lengthening but the loading condition with harness is different than physiologic conditions. Our purpose was to compare the effect of spine compression with a harness in supine position on disk height and spinal curvature in the lumbar spine to that of upright position as measured using a vertically open magnetic resonance imaging system. METHODS: Fifteen healthy subjects volunteered. On day 1, each subject lay supine for an hour and a baseline scan of the lumbar spine was performed. After applying a load of fifty percent of body weight with the harness for thirty minutes, the lumbar spine was scanned again. On day 2, after a baseline scan, a follow up scan was performed after kneeling for thirty minutes within the gap between two vertically oriented magnetic coils. Anterior and posterior disk heights, posterior disk bulging, and spinal curvature were measured from the baseline and follow up scans. RESULTS: Anterior disk heights increased and posterior disk heights decreased compared with baseline scans both after spinal compression with harness and upright posture. The spinal curvature increased by both loading conditions of the spine. DISCUSSION: The spinal compression with specially designed harness has the same effect as the physiologic loading of the spine in the kneeling upright position. The harness shows some promise as a tool to increase the diagnostic capabilities of a conventional MR system.

  19. Differential wedging of vertebral body and intervertebral disc in thoracic and lumbar spine in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis – A cross sectional study in 150 patients

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    Kim Hak-Jun

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Hueter-Volkmann's law regarding growth modulation suggests that increased pressure on the end plate of bone retards the growth (Hueter and conversely, reduced pressure accelerates the growth (Volkmann. Literature described the same principle in Rat-tail model. Human spine and its deformity i.e. scoliosis has also same kind of pattern during the growth period which causes wedging in disc or vertebral body. Methods This cross sectional study in 150 patients of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis was done to evaluate vertebral body and disc wedging in scoliosis and to compare the extent of differential wedging of body and disc, in thoracic and lumbar area. We measured wedging of vertebral bodies and discs, along with two adjacent vertebrae and disc, above and below the apex and evaluated them according to severity of curve (curve 30° to find the relationship of vertebral body or disc wedging with scoliosis in thoracic and lumbar spine. We also compared the wedging and rotations of vertebrae. Results In both thoracic and lumbar curves, we found that greater the degree of scoliosis, greater the wedging in both disc and body and the degree of wedging was more at apex supporting the theory of growth retardation in stress concentration area. However, the degree of wedging in vertebral body is more than the disc in thoracic spine while the wedging was more in disc than body in lumbar spine. On comparing the wedging with the rotation, we did not find any significant relationship suggesting that it has no relation with rotation. Conclusion From our study, we can conclude that wedging in disc and body are increasing with progression on scoliosis and maximum at apex; however there is differential wedging of body and disc, in thoracic and lumbar area, that is vertebral body wedging is more profound in thoracic area while disc wedging is more profound in lumbar area which possibly form 'vicious cycle' by asymmetric loading to spine for the

  20. The effect of training on lumbar spine posture and intervertebral disc degeneration in active-duty Marines.

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    Rodriguez-Soto, Ana E; Berry, David B; Jaworski, Rebecca; Jensen, Andrew; Chung, Christine B; Niederberger, Brenda; Qadir, Aziza; Kelly, Karen R; Ward, Samuel R

    2017-08-01

    Military training aims to improve load carriage performance and reduce risk of injuries. Data describing the lumbar spine (LS) postural response to load carriage throughout training are limited. We hypothesised that training would reduce the LS postural response to load. The LS posture of 27 Marines was measured from upright MR images: with and without load (22.6 kg) at the beginning, middle, and end of School of Infantry (SOI) training. Disc degeneration was graded at L5-S1. No changes in posture and disc degeneration were found throughout training. During load carriage the LS became less lordotic and the sacrum more horizontal. Marines with disc degeneration had larger sacral postural perturbations in response to load. Our findings suggest that the postural response to load is defined more by the task needs than by the physical condition of the Marine. Practitioner Summary: The effect of military training on lumbar spine posture is unknown. The lumbar posture of 27 Marines was measured from upright MR images, with and without load throughout infantry training. No changes in posture or IVD degeneration were found across training. Marines with degeneration at the L5-S1 level had larger sacral postural perturbations in response to load.

  1. A lumbar disc surgery predictive score card.

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    Finneson, B E

    1978-06-01

    A lumbar disc surgery predictive score card or questionnaire has been developed to assess potential candidates for excision of a herniated lumbar disc who have not previously undergone lumbar spine surgery. It is not designed to encompass patients who are being considered for other types of lumbar spine surgery, such as decompressive laminectomy or fusion. In an effort to make the "score card" usable by almost all physicians who are involved in lumbar disc surgery, only studies which have broad acceptance and are generally employed are included. Studies which have less widespread use such as electromyogram, discogram, venogram, special psychologic studies (MMPI, pain drawings) have been purposely excluded.

  2. Musculoskeletal modelling of the lumbar spine to explore functional interactions between back muscle loads and intervertebral disc multiphysics

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    Themis eToumanidou

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available During daily activities, complex biomechanical interactions influence the biophysical regulation of intervertebral discs (IVDs, and transfers of mechanical loads are largely controlled by the stabilizing action of spine muscles. Muscle and other internal forces cannot be easily measured directly in the lumbar spine. Hence, biomechanical models are important tools for the evaluation of the loads in those tissues involved in low back disorders. Muscle force estimations in most musculoskeletal models mainly rely, however, on inverse calculations and static optimizations that limit the predictive power of the numerical calculations. In order to contribute to the development of predictive systems, we coupled a predictive muscle model with the passive resistance of the spine tissues, in a L3-S1 musculoskeletal finite element model with osmo-poromechanical IVD descriptions. The model included 46 fascicles of the major back muscles that act on the lower spine. The muscle model interacted with activity-related loads imposed to the osteoligamentous structure, as standing position and night rest were simulated through distributed upper body mass and free IVD swelling, respectively. Calculations led to intradiscal pressure values within ranges of values measured in vivo. Disc swelling led to muscle activation and muscle force distributions that seemed particularly appropriate to counterbalance the anterior body mass effect in standing. Our simulations pointed out a likely existence of a functional balance between stretch-induced muscle activation and IVD multiphysics towards improved mechanical stability of the lumbar spine under standing. This balance suggests that proper night rest contributes to mechanically strengthen the spine during day activity.

  3. Access of Patients With Lumbar Disc Herniations to Spine Surgeons: The Effect of Insurance Type Under the Affordable Care Act.

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    Anandasivam, Nidharshan S; Wiznia, Daniel H; Kim, Chang-Yeon; Save, Ameya V; Grauer, Jonathan N; Pelker, Richard R

    2017-08-01

    Prospective cohort study. To determine the effects of insurance type (Medicaid vs. a specific private insurance) on patient access to spine surgeons for lumbar disc herniation as measured by (A) acceptance of insurance, (B) need for a referral, and (C) wait time for appointment. Limited studies have been conducted to examine the issue of patient access to spine surgeons based on different insurance types (Medicaid vs. a specific private insurance), especially in relation to the Medicaid expansion that resulted from the Affordable Care Act. Appointment success rates, the need for a referral, and waiting periods were compared between Medicaid and a specific private insurance for patients needing an evaluation for a herniated lumbar disc. The waiting period was studied in the context of comparing states that have expanded Medicaid eligibility to ones that have not, and the surgical training of the spine surgeon (orthopaedic surgeons vs. neurosurgeons). Appointment success rate for patients seeking access to lumbar spine care was significantly higher for patients with BlueCross insurance (95.0%) versus patients with Medicaid insurance (0.8%) (P <0.001). The need for referrals was significantly higher for patients with Medicaid insurance (93.3%) versus patients with BlueCross insurance (4.2%) (P <0.001). Among BlueCross patients, wait times were longer in Medicaid-expanded states. However, the same trend was not seen among patients with Medicaid insurance. Patients with Medicaid were less successful at scheduling an appointment and faced more barriers to care, such as the need for a referral, compared with the private insurance studied. In the states with expanded Medicaid, wait times for appointments were longer for BlueCross patients, but were not longer for patients with Medicaid insurance. Overall, this study suggests that increased coverage resulting from Medicaid expansion does not necessarily equate to increased access to care. 2.

  4. Risk of small field of view in lumbar spine computed tomography for assumed lumbar disc herniation: beware contained aortic aneurysm

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    Marsman, J.W.P. [Gooi-Noord Hospital, Blaricum (Netherlands). Dept. of Radiology

    1995-05-01

    Among several other atypical clinical presentations, back and leg pain may ensue from a contained ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. The present case concerns a patient whose back and leg pain were primarily thought to be orthopaedic or neurologic in origin. Computed tomography with small field of view, performed for the detection of a possible lumbar disc herniation, only partially showed a paraspinal soft tissue mass. Subsequently, recognition of this mass as a contained ruptured aortic aneurysm was delayed. The literature is reviewed concerning comparable cases and it is concluded that computed tomograms performed for possible lumbar disc herniation should also be screened for paraspinal disease and consequently, the applied field of view should be large enough to include at least the paraspinal psoas regions. 25 refs., 1 tab., 2 figs.

  5. Evaluation of lumbar disc and spine morphology: long-term repeatability and comparison of methods.

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    Belavý, D L; Armbrecht, G; Felsenberg, D

    2012-08-01

    Establishing the long-term repeatability of quantitative measures of lumbar intervertebral disc and spinal morphology is important for planning interventional studies. We aimed to examine this issue and to determine to what extent a smaller number of measurements per disc or vertebral level could be used to save operator time without compromising measurement precision. Twenty-one healthy male subjects were scanned at baseline and 1.5 years later. On sagittal MR-scans intervertebral disc cross-sectional area, anterior disc height, posterior disc height, intervertebral angle and intervertebral length were measured. The repeatability of the average value from all sagittal images or from 1, 3, 5 or 7 images centred at the spinous process was evaluated. Bland-Altman analysis showed all measurements to be repeatable between testing days. Intervertebral length was the most precise measurement (coefficients of variation [CVs] between 1.2% and 1.5%), followed by disc cross-sectional area (CVs between 2.9% and 3.6%). Variance component analysis showed that using 7 images, but not 1, 3 or 5 images, resulted in a similar level of measurement error as when measurements from all images were included.

  6. Biomechanical Effects of the Geometry of Ball-and-Socket Artificial Disc on Lumbar Spine: A Finite Element Study.

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    Choi, Jisoo; Shin, Dong-Ah; Kim, Sohee

    2017-03-15

    A three-dimensional finite element model of intact lumbar spine was constructed and four surgical finite element models implanted with ball-and-socket artificial discs with four different radii of curvature were compared. To investigate biomechanical effects of the curvature of ball-and-socket artificial disc using finite element analysis. Total disc replacement (TDR) has been accepted as an alternative treatment because of its advantages over spinal fusion methods in degenerative disc disease. However, the influence of the curvature of artificial ball-and-socket discs has not been fully understood. Four surgical finite element models with different radii of curvature of ball-and-socket artificial discs were constructed. The range of motion (ROM) increased with decreasing radius of curvature in extension, flexion, and lateral bending, whereas it increased with increasing radius of curvature in axial torsion. The facet contact force was minimum with the largest radius of curvature in extension, flexion, and lateral bending, whereas it was maximum with the largest radius in axial torsion. It was also affected by the disc placement, more with posterior placement than anterior placement. The stress in L4 cancellous bone increased when the radius of curvature was too large or small. The geometry of ball-and-socket artificial disc significantly affects the ROM, facet contact force, and stress in the cancellous bone at the surgical level. The implication is that in performing TDR, the ball-and-socket design may not be ideal, as ROM and facet contact force are sensitive to the disc design, which may be exaggerated by the individual difference of anatomical geometry. N/A.

  7. Kinematics of the lumbar spine : clinical significance of lateral X-rays of the lumbar spine in anteflexion and retroflexion in healthy individuals, in cases of symptomatic herniated lumbar disc diseases and of spondylolisthesis

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    M.W. Berfelo

    1989-01-01

    textabstractAbout half of the population of the Netherlands suffers at some stage in their life from low back pain (Haanen, 1984) ; clinical examination of the lumbar spine is a matter of daily routine. X-Rays of the lumbar spine are taken in order to detect morphological changes that may be respons

  8. Disc height and anteroposterior translation in fused and adjacent segments after lumbar spine fusion

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    Frobin, Wolfgang

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available In a series of 46 patients the effects of spinal fusion upon intervertebral height and sagittal alignment in operated and non-operated segments were retrospectively evaluated on digitized radiographs. Data was compared with age- and gender-normalized standard values. The objective was to evaluate the influence of different types of spine fusions primarily upon adjacent segments, particularly in terms of degeneration and sagittal profile of the lumbar spine. Incidence of adjacent segment degeneration (ASD is still highly controversial. However, not every degeneration adjacent to spinal fusion must be caused by the fusion and responsibility of the fusion for ASD may vary with its range and type. Distortion Corrected Roentgen Analysis (DCRA was utilized. DCRA is a proven valid, reliable, observer-independent, and accurate tool for assessment of these parameters over time and in comparison with "normal" cohorts. With this method the exact posture of the patients needs not to be known.There was little evidence for serious fusion-related ASD within an average of 40 months follow-up. No difference could be detected for rigid vs. non-rigid fusion and instrumented vs. non-instrumented techniques. Temporary postoperative distraction effects could be detected in operated and non-operated segments. Absolute preoperative values for intervertebral height and vertebral slip were age-related. Retrospectively, the choice of segments for fusion was clearly based upon radiological criteria. Thus we conclude that radiological parameters have an obvious clinical relevance for decision-making and need to be quantified. Within the limitations of this pilot study, true fusion related ASD seems to be infrequent.

  9. Lumbar spine disc height and curvature responses to an axial load generated by a compression device compatible with magnetic resonance imaging

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    Kimura, S.; Steinbach, G. C.; Watenpaugh, D. E.; Hargens, A. R.

    2001-01-01

    STUDY DESIGN: Axial load-dependent changes in the lumbar spine of supine healthy volunteers were examined using a compression device compatible with magnetic resonance imaging. OBJECTIVE: To test two hypotheses: Axial loading of 50% body weight from shoulder to feet in supine posture 1) simulates the upright lumbar spine alignment and 2) decreases disc height significantly. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Axial compression on the lumbar spine has significantly narrowed the lumbar dural sac in patients with sciatica, neurogenic claudication or both. METHODS: Using a device compatible with magnetic resonance imaging, the lumbar spine of eight young volunteers, ages 22 to 36 years, was axially compressed with a force equivalent to 50% of body weight, approximating the normal load on the lumbar spine in upright posture. Sagittal lumbar magnetic resonance imaging was performed to measure intervertebral angle and disc height before and during compression. RESULTS: Each intervertebral angle before and during compression was as follows: T12-L1 (-0.8 degrees +/- 2.5 degrees and -1.5 degrees +/- 2.6 degrees ), L1-L2 (0.7 degrees +/- 1.4 degrees and 3.3 degrees +/- 2.9 degrees ), L2-L3 (4.7 degrees +/- 3.5 degrees and 7.3 degrees +/- 6 degrees ), L3-L4 (7.9 degrees +/- 2.4 degrees and 11.1 degrees +/- 4.6 degrees ), L4-L5 (14.3 degrees +/- 3.3 degrees and 14.9 degrees +/- 1.7 degrees ), L5-S1 (25.8 degrees +/- 5.2 degrees and 20.8 degrees +/- 6 degrees ), and L1-S1 (53.4 degrees +/- 11.9 degrees and 57.3 degrees +/- 16.7 degrees ). Negative values reflect kyphosis, and positive values reflect lordosis. A significant difference between values before and during compression was obtained at L3-L4 and L5-S1. There was a significant decrease in disc height only at L4-L5 during compression. CONCLUSIONS: The axial force of 50% body weight in supine posture simulates the upright lumbar spine morphologically. No change in intervertebral angle occurred at L4-L5. However, disc height at L4-L

  10. Magnetic resonance imaging of lumbar spine disc diseases. Frequency of false negatives; Imagerie par resonance magnetique pour pathologie discale lombaire. Frequence des faux-negatifs

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    Berthelot, J.M.; Maugars, Y.; Delecrin, Y.; Caillon, F.; Prost, A. [Hopital Hotel-Dieu de Nantes, 44 (France)

    1995-10-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has had an impressive impact on evaluation of degenerative diseases of the spine. Nevertheless, false negatives can occur on images involving lumbar discs. Degenerative disc diseases documented on discography and/or pathology examination of the discs can go unrecognized. Likewise sensitivity for the detection of protruding disc hernias is not totally satisfactory (20% false negatives). Finally, a magnetic resonance image visualizing displacement of the disc is not specific (10 to 15% false positives); images showing protrusion or hernia can be seen in 30% of asymptomatic patients. Although MRI gives slightly more information than other imaging techniques, false images do exist. Moreover, the usefulness of MRI to demonstrate disc disease in case of a negative CT-scan remains to be demonstrated. (authors). 26 refs.

  11. Evaluation of different laser wavelengths on ablation lesion and residual thermal injury in intervertebral discs of the lumbar spine.

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    Plapler, Hélio; Mancini, Marília W; Sella, Valéria R G; Bomfim, Fernando R C

    2016-04-01

    Laser discectomy or nucleotomy is an increasingly important method for less invasive procedures of column, but the ideal kind of laser is still not established. As the wavelength is an important parameter for water absorption, this study was performed to investigate the action of the laser emission in the near infrared (808 to 1908 nm) region in the context of surgical procedures for percutaneous intervertebral disc decompression (nucleotomy). Forty intervertebral discs from pigs lumbar spines were irradiated with laser (λ = 808, 980, 1470 and 1908 nm), 1-s on/off time cycles, for 120 cycles and 10 W of power (808, 980, and 1470 nm) or 240 cycles and 5 W of power (1908 nm), with total power of 1200 J, and subjected to microscopic evaluation through hematoxylin-eosin (HE) staining in order to measure the ablation lesions and the residual thermal injury. Ten other discs were not irradiated and worked as controls. The ablation lesions were measured (in mm) at 1.08 ± 1.25, 1.70 ± 0.63, 2.23 ± 1.02, 1.37 ± 0.39, and 0.94 ± 0.41 (median ± SD) for the control, 808, 980, 1470, and 1908 nm groups, respectively. The difference between 1908 nm and all the other groups was statistically significant (p < 0.05). The residual thermal injury was less evident in 1908 nm laser and sharper in 980 nm laser wavelengths. The laser at a wavelength of 1908 nm was considered the most efficient for the vaporization of the nucleus pulposus, followed by the laser wavelengths of 1470, 808, and 980 nm, and proved to be useful for laser nucleotomy procedure.

  12. MR findings of degenerative changes of nucleus pulposus in lumbar spine: sequential changes after disc herniation

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    Kim, Sang Joon [Choong-Ang Gil Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Cha, Yoo Mi; Hwang, Hee Young [College of Medicine, Dankook University, Chenoan (Korea, Republic of)

    1994-04-15

    To evaluate the relationship between MR changes of the nucleus pulposus and the time interval after traumatic disc herniation. T2-weighted MR images of 132 patients with back pain and/or sciatica were reviewed. The changes of signal intensity, central cleft and height of the nucleus pulposus were used as criteria of disc degeneration and they were graded as normal, mild, moderate and severe degree of degeneration. Putting these criteria together we provided integrated grade of degeneration of the nucleus pulposus(grade 0-3). To get the preliminary data for normal and age-related disc degeneration, we measured the disc height by age groups and disc levels and analyzed the relationship between the age of the patients and the signal intensity, cleft and height in normal disc levels of the 132 patients. In 68 patients of 88 levels disc herniation, we analyzed the relationship between symptom duration and the degree of degeneration. Among these 68 patients we selected 14 patients(16 levels) who were under 30 years of age and had history of recent trauma to minimize data distortion from age related degeneration and ambiguity of initiation point of degeneration. In this group we analyzed the relationship between the time period after traumatic disc herniation and the degree of degeneration. The age of the patient had close relationship with the grade of signal intensity, central cleft, and disc height and grade of degeneration of the nucleus pulposus in normal discs. In 88 levels of herniated discs, the duration of symptom and degree of degeneration showed moderate correlation. In 14 patients of disc herniation who were under 30 years old and had trauma history in recent 2 years, grade 1 disc degeneration occurred in average 3.7 months after trauma. Although it was difficult to proceed statistical analysis in the last group because of small patients number, the degree of degeneration of nucleus pulposus had close relationship with the duration after traumas or duration of

  13. Low field magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar spine: Reliability of qualitative evaluation of disc and muscle parameters

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    Sørensen, Joan Solgaard; Kjaer, Per; Jensen, Tue Secher

    2006-01-01

    for grading lumbar discs were based on the spinal nomenclature of the Combined Task Force and the literature. Consensus in rating was achieved by evaluating 50 MRI examinations in tandem. The remaining 50 examinations were evaluated independently by the observers to determine interobserver agreement and re......PURPOSE: To determine the intra- and interobserver reliability in grading disc and muscle parameters using low-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MATERIAL AND METHODS: MRI scans of 100 subjects representative of the general population were evaluated blindly by two radiologists. Criteria......-evaluated by one of the observers to determine intra-observer agreement. RESULTS: Intra- and interobserver agreement was substantial when grading changes in the lumbar discs. Interobserver agreement was fair to moderate in grading the lumbar muscles, whereas intra-observer agreement was almost perfect. CONCLUSION...

  14. Finite element simulation of the healthy and degenerated lumbar spine : interplay between muscle activity and intervertebral disc multiphysics

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    The human spine provides mechanical support to the trunk while it protects the spinal cord and nerves from the external loads transferred during daily activities. Such loads are largely controlled by the spine muscles and influence the biophysical regulation of the intervertebral discs (IVD). Numerical models have been important tools for the translation of the external forces into internal loads that otherwise cannot be easily measured directly. This PhD thesis used the predictive ability of...

  15. The Effect of Lumbar Disc Herniation on Spine Loading Characteristics during Trunk Flexion and Two Types of Picking Up Activities

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    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The main purpose of this study was to investigate the compensatory response of the muscle activities of seventeen major muscle groups in the spinal region, intradiscal forces of the five lumbar motion segment units (MSUs, and facet forces acting on the ten lumbar facet joints in patients with lumbar disc herniation (LDH. Twenty-six healthy adults and seven LDH patients performed trunk flexion, ipsilateral picking up, and contralateral picking up in sequence. Eight optical markers were placed on the landmarks of the pelvis and spinal process. The coordinates of these markers were captured to drive a musculoskeletal model to calculate the muscle activities, intradiscal forces, and facet forces. The muscle activities of the majority of the seventeen major muscle groups were found increases in LDH patients. In addition, the LDH patients displayed larger compressive forces and anteroposterior forces on all the five lumbar MSUs and more lumbar facet inventions on most facet joints. These findings suggest that the LDH patients demonstrate compensatory increases in the most trunk muscle activities and all spinal loads. These negative compensatory responses increase the risk of the aggravation of disc herniation. Therefore, treatment should intervene as earlier as possible for the severe LDH patients.

  16. [Relationship between lumbosacral multifidus muscle and lumbar disc herniation].

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    Chen, Wei-ye; Wang, Kuan; Yuan, Wei-an; Zhan, Hong-sheng

    2016-06-01

    As a common disease in clinical, the treatment of lumbar disc herniation (LDH) focused on local intervertebral disc, such as surgery and other interventional therapy treatment, but postoperative complications and recurrence rate has been a difficult problem in the field of profession. With the development of spine biomechanics and anatomy, researches on lumbar herniation also increased. Researchers discovered that the incidence and prognosis of LDH were inseparable with local muscle and soft tissue. As the deep paraspinal muscles, multifidus muscle plays an important role to make lumbar stability. Its abnormal function could reduce the stable of lumbar spine, and the chronic lumbar disease could also lead to multifidus muscle atrophy.

  17. Sensitivity of lumbar spine loading to anatomical parameters

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    Putzer, Michael; Ehrlich, Ingo; Rasmussen, John

    2016-01-01

    models for four different postures. The in uence of the dimensions of vertebral body, disc, posterior parts of the vertebrae as well as the curvature of the lumbar spine were studied. Additionally, simulations with combinations of selected parameters were conducted. Changes in L4/L5 resultant joint force......Musculoskeletal simulations of lumbar spine loading rely on a geometrical representation of the anatomy. However, this data has an inherent inaccuracy. This study evaluates the in uence of dened geometrical parameters on lumbar spine loading utilizing ve parametrized musculoskeletal lumbar spine...... were used as outcome variable. Variations of the vertebral body height, disc height, transverse process width and the curvature of the lumbar spine were the most in uential. The results indicated that measuring these parameters from X-rays would be most important to morph an existing musculoskeletal...

  18. [Current status of thoracoscopic surgery for thoracic and lumbar spine. Part 2: treatment of the thoracic disc hernia, spinal deformities, spinal tumors, infections and miscellaneous].

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    Verdú-López, Francisco; Beisse, Rudolf

    2014-01-01

    Thoracoscopic surgery or video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) of the thoracic and lumbar spine has evolved greatly since it appeared less than 20 years ago. It is currently used in a large number of processes and injuries. The aim of this article, in its two parts, is to review the current status of VATS of the thoracic and lumbar spine in its entire spectrum. After reviewing the current literature, we developed each of the large groups of indications where VATS takes place, one by one. This second part reviews and discusses the management, treatment and specific thoracoscopic technique in thoracic disc herniation, spinal deformities, tumour pathology, infections of the spine and other possible indications for VATS. Thoracoscopic surgery is in many cases an alternative to conventional open surgery. The transdiaphragmatic approach has made endoscopic treatment of many thoracolumbar junction processes possible, thus widening the spectrum of therapeutic indications. These include the treatment of spinal deformities, spinal tumours, infections and other pathological processes, as well as the reconstruction of injured spinal segments and decompression of the spinal canal if lesion placement is favourable to antero-lateral approach. Good clinical results of thoracoscopic surgery are supported by growing experience reflected in a large number of articles. The degree of complications in thoracoscopic surgery is comparable to open surgery, with benefits in regard to morbidity of the approach and subsequent patient recovery. Copyright © 2012 Sociedad Española de Neurocirugía. Published by Elsevier España. All rights reserved.

  19. Lumbar Spine Paraspinal Muscle and Intervertebral Disc Height Changes in Astronauts After Long-Duration Spaceflight on the International Space Station.

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    Chang, Douglas G; Healey, Robert M; Snyder, Alexander J; Sayson, Jojo V; Macias, Brandon R; Coughlin, Dezba G; Bailey, Jeannie F; Parazynski, Scott E; Lotz, Jeffrey C; Hargens, Alan R

    2016-12-15

    Prospective case series. Evaluate lumbar paraspinal muscle (PSM) cross-sectional area and intervertebral disc (IVD) height changes induced by a 6-month space mission on the International Space Station. The long-term objective of this project is to promote spine health and prevent spinal injury during space missions and here on Earth. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) crewmembers have a 4.3 times higher risk of herniated IVDs, compared with the general and military aviator populations. The highest risk occurs during the first year after a mission. Microgravity exposure during long-duration spaceflights results in approximately 5 cm lengthening of body height, spinal pain, and skeletal deconditioning. How the PSMs and IVDs respond during spaceflight is not well described. Six NASA crewmembers were imaged supine with a 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging. Imaging was conducted preflight, immediately postflight, and then 33 to 67 days after landing. Functional cross-sectional area (FCSA) measurements of the PSMs were performed at the L3-4 level. FCSA was measured by grayscale thresholding within the posterior lumbar extensors to isolate lean muscle on T2-weighted scans. IVD heights were measured at the anterior, middle, and posterior sections of all lumbar levels. Repeated measures analysis of variance was used to determine significance at P < 0.05, followed by post-hoc testing. Paraspinal lean muscle mass, as indicated by the FCSA, decreased from 86% of the total PSM cross-sectional area down to 72%, immediately after the mission. Recovery of 68% of the postflight loss occurred during the next 6 weeks, still leaving a significantly lower lean muscle fractional content compared with preflight values. In contrast, lumbar IVD heights were not appreciably different at any time point. The data reveal lumbar spine PSM atrophy after long-duration spaceflight. Some FCSA recovery was seen with 46 days postflight in a terrestrial environment, but it

  20. Sensitivity of lumbar spine loading to anatomical parameters.

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    Putzer, Michael; Ehrlich, Ingo; Rasmussen, John; Gebbeken, Norbert; Dendorfer, Sebastian

    2016-04-11

    Musculoskeletal simulations of lumbar spine loading rely on a geometrical representation of the anatomy. However, this data has an inherent inaccuracy. This study evaluates the influence of defined geometrical parameters on lumbar spine loading utilising five parametrised musculoskeletal lumbar spine models for four different postures. The influence of the dimensions of vertebral body, disc, posterior parts of the vertebrae as well as the curvature of the lumbar spine was studied. Additionally, simulations with combinations of selected parameters were conducted. Changes in L4/L5 resultant joint force were used as outcome variable. Variations of the vertebral body height, disc height, transverse process width and the curvature of the lumbar spine were the most influential. These parameters can be easily acquired from X-rays and should be used to morph a musculoskeletal lumbar spine model for subject-specific approaches with respect to bone geometry. Furthermore, the model was very sensitive to uncommon configurations and therefore, it is advised that stiffness properties of discs and ligaments should be individualised.

  1. X-Ray parameters of lumbar spine

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    Otabek Ablyazov

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Knowledge of anatomic spinal structures, especially its relation-ship to the functions performed, is necessary to form a correct diagnosis. The anatomical structure of the vertebrae varies de-pending on the level of the spinal segment. Normal anatomical parameters, derived from bone structures of the spine, are roughly determined by X-ray method.This paper presents the results of the survey radiography of the lumbar spine in a straight line and lateral projections in 30 individ-uals without pathology spine, aged 21-60 years with frequently observed lumbar spinal stenosis stenosis. Applying X-ray method there were studied shape, height, and the contours of the vertebral bodies and intervertebral disc in the front (interpedicular and sagittal planes; there were measured dimensions of the lumbar canal and foramen holes in the same planes. Using X-ray method can fully identify the bone parameters of vertebral column. How-ever, the informativity of the method depends on knowledge of radiologist about topographic anatomical features of spine.

  2. The prevalence of disc aging and back pain after fusion extending into the lower lumbar spine. A matched MR study twenty-five years after surgery for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

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    Danielsson, A.J.; Nachemson, A.L. [Sahlgrenska Univ. Hospital, Goeteborg (Sweden). Dept. of Orthopaedics; Cederlund, C.G.; Ekholm, S. [Sahlgrenska Univ. Hospital, Goeteborg (Sweden). Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology

    2001-03-01

    To determine the long-term outcome after fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in terms of degenerative disc findings diagnosed using MR imaging and to elucidate the clinical consequences. Material and methods: Thirty-two patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, who had undergone spinal fusion using Harrington rods to the lower lumbar spine with one or two unfused discs below the fusion, were re-examined 25 years after the fusion. The re-examinations included validated questionnaires, clinical examination, full standing frontal and lateral radiographs and MR examination of the lower lumbar region. Curve size and degenerative findings on MR images were evaluated by two unbiased radiologists, blinded to the clinical findings. A matched control group of 32 persons without scoliosis was subjected to the same examinations. Results and conclusion: There were significantly more degenerative disc changes (p<0.0001), disc height reduction (p=0.0010) and end-plate changes (p<0.0001 for both upper and lower end-plates) in the lowest unfused disc in the patient group compared with the control group. The MR findings in the lowest unfused disc, but not the one above, in the patient group correlated to lumbar pain intensity as well as to the diminished lumbar lordosis.

  3. Degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine: a prospective comparison of fast T1-weighted fluid-attenuated inversion recovery and T1-weighted turbo spin echo MR imaging

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    Erdem, L. Oktay [Department of Radiology, Zonguldak Karaelmas University, School of Medicine, 6700 Kozlu, Zonguldak (Turkey)]. E-mail: sunarerdem@yahoo.com; Erdem, C. Zuhal [Department of Radiology, Zonguldak Karaelmas University, School of Medicine, 6700 Kozlu, Zonguldak (Turkey); Acikgoz, Bektas [Department of Neurosurgery, Zonguldak Karaelmas University, School of Medicine, Zonguldak (Turkey); Gundogdu, Sadi [Department of Radiology, Zonguldak Karaelmas University, School of Medicine, 6700 Kozlu, Zonguldak (Turkey)

    2005-08-01

    Objective: To compare fast T1-weighted fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) and T1-weighted turbo spin-echo (TSE) imaging of the degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine. Materials and methods: Thirty-five consecutive patients (19 females, 16 males; mean age 41 years, range 31-67 years) with suspected degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine were prospectively evaluated. Sagittal images of the lumbar spine were obtained using T1-weighted TSE and fast T1-weighted FLAIR sequences. Two radiologists compared these sequences both qualitatively and quantitatively. Results: On qualitative evaluation, CSF nulling, contrast at the disc-CSF interface, the disc-spinal cord (cauda equina) interface, and the spinal cord (cauda equina)-CSF interface of fast T1-weighted FLAIR images were significantly higher than those for T1-weighted TSE images (P < 0.001). On quantitative evaluation of the first 15 patients, signal-to-noise ratios of cerebrospinal fluid of fast T1-weighted FLAIR imaging were significantly lower than those for T1-weighted TSE images (P < 0.05). Contrast-to-noise ratios of spinal cord/CSF and normal bone marrow/disc for fast T1-weighted FLAIR images were significantly higher than those for T1-weighted TSE images (P < 0.05). Conclusion: Results in our study have shown that fast T1-weighted FLAIR imaging may be a valuable imaging modality in the armamentarium of lumbar spinal T1-weighted MR imaging, because the former technique has definite superior advantages such as CSF nulling, conspicuousness of the normal anatomic structures and changes in the lumbar spinal discogenic disease and image contrast and also almost equally acquisition times.

  4. Complications and clinical outcomes of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for the treatment of one- or two-level degenerative disc diseases of the lumbar spine in patients older than 65 years

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    WU Wen-jian; LIANG Yu; ZHANG Xin-kai; CAO Peng; ZHENG Tao

    2012-01-01

    Background Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF) has been successfully used to treat degenerative diseases of the lumbar spine.There are few reports comparing the complications and clinical outcomes in older patients who have undergone one- or two-level MIS-TLIF with those of younger patients.The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical outcomes of MIS-TLIF in the treatment of degenerative disc disease of lumbar spine of the patients older than 65 years,with an emphasis on perioperative complications compared to the younger patients.Methods One hundred and fifty-one consecutive cases of one- or two-level degenerative disc disease of lumbar spine treated with MIS-TLIF were reviewed for the radiological and clinical outcomes.They were divided into elderly group (age ≥65 years old) and younger group (age <65 years old),and were followed for at least 6 months.Radiographs were obtained before and after surgery,3 months postoperatively,and at the final follow-up to determine the presence of fusion,hardware-related problems.The clinical outcomes were evaluated using the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI)before and after surgery,and at the final follow-up.The visual analogue scale (VAS) score of back and leg pain were evaluated as well.The intra-operative data and peri-operative complications were recorded.Results The mean age of these patients at operation was (57.7±14.2) years (range 26-82 years).Of 151 patients,62were 65 years or older.The elderly patients had more comorbidities and more porportion of lumbar canal stenosis.The overall fusion rate was 88.4% at the final follow-up,with no significant difference between younger and elderly patients.The ODI,the VAS of back pain and radicular pain of both young and elderly group were significantly improved aftersurgery and at the final follow-up,without significant difference between two groups.There were 16 complications with an incidence of 10.6%,including 7 major complications

  5. Lumbar disc excision through fenestration

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    Sangwan S

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Background : Lumbar disc herniation often causes sciatica. Many different techniques have been advocated with the aim of least possible damage to other structures while dealing with prolapsed disc surgically in the properly selected and indicated cases. Methods : Twenty six patients with clinical symptoms and signs of prolapsed lumbar intervertebral disc having radiological correlation by MRI study were subjected to disc excision by interlaminar fenestration method. Results : The assessment at follow-up showed excellent results in 17 patients, good in 6 patients, fair in 2 patients and poor in 1 patient. The mean preoperative and postoperative Visual Analogue Scores were 9.34 ±0.84 and 2.19 ±0.84 on scale of 0-10 respectively. These were statistically significant (p value< 0.001, paired t test. No significant complications were recorded. Conclusion : Procedures of interlaminar fenestration and open disc excision under direct vision offers sufficient adequate exposure for lumbar disc excision with a smaller incision, lesser morbidity, shorter convalescence, early return to work and comparable overall results in the centers where recent laser and endoscopy facilities are not available.

  6. Lumbar Spine Musculoskeletal Physiology and Biomechanics During Simulated Military Operations

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    Significant decreases in lumbar lordosis were found through all levels except L1-L2 when sitting. When prone on elbows, the only increase in lumbar lordosis...was found at L5-S1. A caudal increase in fat fraction of the multifidus was observed, with no significant increase in the erector spine. No...proportional to Pfirrmann grade. No significant differences were found between volume, fat fraction, T2, or DTI in any of the muscles in subjects with disc

  7. Percutaneous treatment of cervical and lumbar herniated disc

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    Kelekis, A., E-mail: akelekis@med.uoa.gr; Filippiadis, D.K., E-mail: dfilippiadis@yahoo.gr

    2015-05-15

    Therapeutic armamentarium for symptomatic intervertebral disc herniation includes conservative therapy, epidural infiltrations (interlaminar or trans-foraminal), percutaneous therapeutic techniques and surgical options. Percutaneous, therapeutic techniques are imaging-guided, minimally invasive treatments for intervertebral disc herniation which can be performed as outpatient procedures. They can be classified in 4 main categories: mechanical, thermal, chemical decompression and biomaterials implantation. Strict sterility measures are a prerequisite and should include extensive local sterility and antibiotic prophylaxis. Indications include the presence of a symptomatic, small to medium sized contained intervertebral disc herniation non-responding to a 4–6 weeks course of conservative therapy. Contraindications include sequestration, infection, segmental instability (spondylolisthesis), uncorrected coagulopathy or a patient unwilling to provide informed consent. Decompression techniques are feasible and reproducible, efficient (75–94% success rate) and safe (>0.5% mean complications rate) therapies for the treatment of symptomatic intervertebral disc herniation. Percutaneous, imaging guided, intervertebral disc therapeutic techniques can be proposed either as an initial treatment or as an attractive alternative prior to surgery for the therapy of symptomatic herniation in both cervical and lumbar spine. This article will describe the mechanism of action for different therapeutic techniques applied to intervertebral discs of cervical and lumbar spine, summarize the data concerning safety and effectiveness of these treatments, and provide a rational approach for the therapy of symptomatic intervertebral disc herniation in cervical and lumbar spine.

  8. ASSOCIATION OF SPINOPELVIC PARAMETERS WITH THE LOCATION OF LUMBAR DISC HERNIATION

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    Jefferson Coelho de Léo

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective:To associate spinopelvic parameters, pelvic incidence, sacral slope, pelvic tilt and lumbar lordosis with the axial location of lumbar disc herniation.Methods:Retrospective study, which evaluated imaging and medical records of 61 patients with lumbar disc herniation, who underwent surgery with decompression and instrumented lumbar fusion in only one level. Pelvic incidence, sacral slope, pelvic tilt and lumbar lordosis with simple lumbopelvic lateral radiographs, which included the lumbar spine, the sacrum and the proximal femur. The affected segment was identified as the level and location of lumbar disc herniation in the axial plane with MRI scans.Results:Of 61 patients, 29 (47.5% had low lumbar lordosis; in this group 24 (82.8% had central disc herniation, 4 (13.8% had lateral recess disc herniation and 1 (3.4% had extraforaminal disc herniation (p<0.05. Of the 61 patients, 18 (29.5% had low sacral slope; of this group 15 (83.3% had central disc herniation and 3 (16.7% had disc herniation in lateral recess (p<0.05.Conclusions:There is a trend towards greater load distribution in the anterior region of the spine when the spine has hypolordotic curve. This study found an association between low lordosis and central disc herniation, as well as low sacral slope and central disc herniation.

  9. Destructive discovertebral degenerative disease of the lumbar spine.

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    Charran, A K; Tony, G; Lalam, R; Tyrrell, P N M; Tins, B; Singh, J; Eisenstein, S M; Balain, B; Trivedi, J M; Cassar-Pullicino, V N

    2012-09-01

    The uncommon variant of degenerative hip joint disease, termed rapidly progressive osteoarthritis, and highlighted by severe joint space loss and osteochondral disintegration, is well established. We present a similar unusual subset in the lumbar spine termed destructive discovertebral degenerative disease (DDDD) with radiological features of vertebral malalignment, severe disc resorption, and "bone sand" formation secondary to vertebral fragmentation. Co-existing metabolic bone disease is likely to promote the development of DDDD of the lumbar spine, which presents with back pain and sciatica due to nerve root compression by the "bone sand" in the epidural space. MRI and CT play a complimentary role in making the diagnosis.

  10. Periprosthetic UHMWPE Wear Debris Induces Inflammation, Vascularization, and Innervation After Total Disc Replacement in the Lumbar Spine.

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    Veruva, Sai Y; Lanman, Todd H; Isaza, Jorge E; Freeman, Theresa A; Kurtz, Steven M; Steinbeck, Marla J

    2017-05-01

    The pathophysiology and mechanisms driving the generation of unintended pain after total disc replacement (TDR) remain unexplored. Ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) wear debris from TDRs is known to induce inflammation, which may result in pain. The purpose of this study was to determine whether (1) periprosthetic UHMWPE wear debris induces immune responses that lead to the production of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα) and interleukin (IL)-1ß, the vascularization factors, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and platelet-derived growth factor-bb (PDGFbb), and the innervation/pain factors, nerve growth factor (NGF) and substance P; (2) the number of macrophages is associated with the production of the aforementioned factors; (3) the wear debris-induced inflammatory pathogenesis involves an increase in vascularization and associated innervation. Periprosthetic tissues from our collection of 11 patients with contemporary TDRs were evaluated using polarized light microscopy to quantify UHMWPE wear particles. The major reason for revision (mean implantation time of 3 years [range, 1-6 years]) was pain. For control subjects, biopsy samples from four patients with degenerative disc disease with severe pain and autopsy samples from three normal patients with no history of back pain were also investigated. Immunohistochemistry and histology were used to identify secretory factors, macrophages, and blood vessels. Immunostained serial sections were imaged at ×200 magnification and using MATLAB and NIH ImageJ, a threshold was determined for each factor and used to quantify positive staining normalized to tissue sectional area. The Mann-Whitney U test was used to compare results from different patient groups, whereas the Spearman Rho test was used to determine correlations. Significance was based on p < 0.05. The mean percent area of all six inflammatory, vascularization, and innervation factors was higher in TDR tissues when compared with normal disc

  11. Spinal CT scan, 2. Lumbar and sacral spines

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    Nakagawa, Hiroshi (Aichi Medical Univ., Aichi (Japan))

    1982-08-01

    Plain CT described fairly accurately the anatomy and lesions of the lumbar and sacral spines on their transverse sections. Since hernia of the intervertebral disc could be directly diagnosed by CT, indications of myelography could be restricted. Spinal-canal stenosis of the lumbar spine occurs because of various factors, and CT not only demonstrated the accurate size and morphology of bony canals, but also elucidated thickening of the joints and yellow ligament. CT was also useful for the diagnosis of tumors in the lumbar and sacral spines, visualizing the images of bone changes and soft tissues on the trasverse sections. But the diagnosis of intradural tumors required myelography and metrizamide CT. CT has become important for the diagnosis of spinal and spinal-cord diseases and for selection of the route of surgical arrival.

  12. Genetic association studies in lumbar disc degeneration

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    Eskola, Pasi J; Lemmelä, Susanna; Kjaer, Per

    2012-01-01

    Low back pain is associated with lumbar disc degeneration, which is mainly due to genetic predisposition. The objective of this study was to perform a systematic review to evaluate genetic association studies in lumbar disc degeneration as defined on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in humans....

  13. Diagnosis of disc herniation based on classifiers and features generated from spine MR images

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    Koh, Jaehan; Chaudhary, Vipin; Dhillon, Gurmeet

    2010-03-01

    In recent years the demand for an automated method for diagnosis of disc abnormalities has grown as more patients suffer from lumbar disorders and radiologists have to treat more patients reliably in a limited amount of time. In this paper, we propose and compare several classifiers that diagnose disc herniation, one of the common problems of the lumbar spine, based on lumbar MR images. Experimental results on a limited data set of 68 clinical cases with 340 lumbar discs show that our classifiers can diagnose disc herniation with 97% accuracy.

  14. Lumbar Epidural Varix Mimicking Disc Herniation.

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    Bursalı, Adem; Akyoldas, Goktug; Guvenal, Ahmet Burak; Yaman, Onur

    2016-07-01

    Lumbar radiculopathy is generally caused by such well-recognized entity as lumbar disc herniation in neurosurgical practice; however rare pathologies such as thrombosed epidural varix may mimic them by causing radicular symptoms. In this case report, we present a 26-year-old man with the complaint of back and right leg pain who was operated for right L4-5 disc herniation. The lesion interpreted as an extruded disc herniation preoperatively was found to be a thrombosed epidural varix compressing the nerve root preoperatively. The nerve root was decompressed by shrinking the lesion with bipolar thermocoagulation and excision. The patient's complaints disappeared in the postoperative period. Thrombosed lumbar epidural varices may mimic lumbar disc herniations both radiologically and clinically. Therefore, must be kept in mind in the differential diagnosis of lumbar disc herniations. Microsurgical techniques are mandatory for the treatment of these pathologies and decompression with thermocoagulation and excision is an efficient method.

  15. Lateral Surgical Approach to Lumbar Intervertebral Discs in an Ovine Model

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    David Oehme; Tony Goldschlager; Jeffrey Rosenfeld; Andrew Danks; Peter Ghosh; Anne Gibbon; Graham Jenkin

    2012-01-01

    The sheep is becoming increasingly used as a large animal model for preclinical spine surgery studies. Access to the ovine lumbar intervertebral discs has traditionally been via an anterior or anterolateral approach, which requires larger wound incisions and, at times, significant abdominal retraction. We present a new minimally invasive operative technique for a far-lateral approach to the ovine lumbar spine that allows for smaller incisions, excellent visualisation of intervertebral discs,...

  16. Correlation between sagittal plane changes and adjacent segment degeneration following lumbar spine fusion

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    Kumar, Malhar; Baklanov, Andrei; Chopin, Daniel

    2001-01-01

    Adjacent segment degeneration following lumbar spine fusion remains a widely acknowledged problem, but there is insufficient knowledge regarding the factors that contribute to its occurrence. The aim of this study is to analyse the relationship between abnormal sagittal plane configuration of the lumbar spine and the development of adjacent segment degeneration. Eighty-three consecutive patients who underwent lumbar fusion for degenerative disc disease were reviewed retrospectively. Patients ...

  17. Which level is responsible for gluteal pain in lumbar disc hernia?

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    Fang, Guofang; Zhou, Jianhe; Liu, Yutan; Sang, Hongxun; Xu, Xiangyang; Ding, Zihai

    2016-01-01

    Background There are many different reasons why patients could be experiencing pain in the gluteal area. Previous studies have shown an association between radicular low back pain (LBP) and gluteal pain (GP). Studies locating the specific level responsible for gluteal pain in lumbar disc hernias have rarely been reported. Methods All patients with lumbar disc herniation (LDH) in the Kanghua hospital from 2010 to 2014 were recruited. All patients underwent a lumbar spine MRI to clarify their L...

  18. Lumbar herniated disc: spontaneous regression

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    Yüksel, Kasım Zafer

    2017-01-01

    Background Low back pain is a frequent condition that results in substantial disability and causes admission of patients to neurosurgery clinics. To evaluate and present the therapeutic outcomes in lumbar disc hernia (LDH) patients treated by means of a conservative approach, consisting of bed rest and medical therapy. Methods This retrospective cohort was carried out in the neurosurgery departments of hospitals in Kahramanmaraş city and 23 patients diagnosed with LDH at the levels of L3−L4, L4−L5 or L5−S1 were enrolled. Results The average age was 38.4 ± 8.0 and the chief complaint was low back pain and sciatica radiating to one or both lower extremities. Conservative treatment was administered. Neurological examination findings, durations of treatment and intervals until symptomatic recovery were recorded. Laségue tests and neurosensory examination revealed that mild neurological deficits existed in 16 of our patients. Previously, 5 patients had received physiotherapy and 7 patients had been on medical treatment. The number of patients with LDH at the level of L3−L4, L4−L5, and L5−S1 were 1, 13, and 9, respectively. All patients reported that they had benefit from medical treatment and bed rest, and radiologic improvement was observed simultaneously on MRI scans. The average duration until symptomatic recovery and/or regression of LDH symptoms was 13.6 ± 5.4 months (range: 5−22). Conclusions It should be kept in mind that lumbar disc hernias could regress with medical treatment and rest without surgery, and there should be an awareness that these patients could recover radiologically. This condition must be taken into account during decision making for surgical intervention in LDH patients devoid of indications for emergent surgery. PMID:28119770

  19. Posteroanterior versus anteroposterior lumbar spine radiology

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    Tsuno, M.M.; Shu, G.J. (Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles, CA (USA))

    1990-03-01

    The posteroanterior view of the lumbar spine has important features including radiation protection and image quality; these have been studied by various investigators. Investigators have shown that sensitive tissues receive less radiation dosage in the posteroanterior view of the spine for scoliosis screening and intracranial tomography without altering the image quality. This paper emphasizes the importance of the radiation safety aspect of the posteroanterior view and shows the improvement in shape distortion in the lumbar vertebrae.

  20. Musculoskeletal simulations to investigate the influence of vertebral geometrical parameters on lumbar spine loading

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    Putzer, Michael; Rasmussen, John; Penzkofer, Rainer

    Body Modeling System and a parameterized musculoskeletal lumbar spine model for four different postures: upright standing, flexion (50°), torsion (10°) and lateral bending (15°). The linear dimensions of the vertebral body, the posterior parts of the vertebrae as well as the disc height, the orientation...... of the facet joints and the curvature of the lumbar spine have been varied. Figure 1 depicts the used musculoskeletal model in the flexed posture and a lumbar vertebra labeled with all relevant linear dimensions except the disc height. Additionally, all combinations of the three parameters vertebral body......Musculoskeletal simulations of subject-specific loads in the lumbar spine are computed by using subject-specific geometrical data. However this data has an inherent inaccuracy. This study evaluates the influence of defined geometrical parameters on lumbar spine loading utilizing the Any...

  1. The Specific Sagittal Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Intradural Extra-Arachnoid Lumbar Disc Herniation

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    Tatsuro Sasaji

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Intradural extra-arachnoid lumbar disc herniation is a rare disease. Few MRI findings have been reported. We experienced an intradural extra-arachnoid lumbar disc herniation. We reviewed the preoperative MRI findings. Lumbar spine T2-weighted sagittal MRI showed that one line of the ventral dura was divided into two by a disc herniation. We speculated that the two lines comprised the dura and arachnoid and that a disc herniation existed between them. We believe that division of the ventral dural line on T2-weighted sagittal images is a characteristic finding of intradural extra-arachnoid lumbar disc herniation. The division of ventral dural line seemed to be a “Y,” and, thus, we called it the “Y sign.” The “Y sign” may be useful for diagnosing intradural extra-arachnoid lumbar disc herniation.

  2. Axial loaded MRI of the lumbar spine

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    Saifuddin, A. E-mail: asaifuddin@aol.com; Blease, S.; MacSweeney, E

    2003-09-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging is established as the technique of choice for assessment of degenerative disorders of the lumbar spine. However, it is routinely performed with the patient supine and the hips and knees flexed. The absence of axial loading and lumbar extension results in a maximization of spinal canal dimensions, which may in some cases, result in failure to demonstrate nerve root compression. Attempts have been made to image the lumbar spine in a more physiological state, either by imaging with flexion-extension, in the erect position or by using axial loading. This article reviews the literature relating to the above techniques.

  3. Musculoskeletal simulations to investigate the influence of vertebral geometrical parameters on lumbar spine loading

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    Putzer, Michael; Rasmussen, John; Penzkofer, Rainer;

    the model according to measurements of the vertebral body height, disc height and the curvature of the spine from X-rays. Han, K.-S., Rohlmann, A., Zander, T., Taylor, W. R., 2012. Lumbar spinal loads vary with body height and weight. Medical Engineering & Physics 35, 969–977. Niemeyer, F., Wilke, H...... of the facet joints and the curvature of the lumbar spine have been varied. Figure 1 depicts the used musculoskeletal model in the flexed posture and a lumbar vertebra labeled with all relevant linear dimensions except the disc height. Additionally, all combinations of the three parameters vertebral body...... height (between 6% and 13%), vertebral body depth (up to 8%) and the curvature of the lumbar spine (up to 7%). Combinations of parameters added the results of the particular single parameter simulations with only a slight amplification. The findings for vertebral body height and disc height...

  4. Does elite swimming accelerate lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration and increase low back pain?

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    Folkvardsen, Steffen; Magnussen, Erland; Karppinen, Jaro

    2016-01-01

    PURPOSE: The aim was to elucidate elite swimming's possible influence on lumbar disc degeneration (DD) and low back pain (LBP). METHODS: Lumbar spine MRI was performed on a group of elite swimmers and compared to a matched Finnish population-based no-sport group. RESULTS: One hundred elite swimmers...

  5. A Symptomatic Spinal Extradural Arachnoid Cyst with Lumbar Disc Herniation

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    Yoshinori Kadono

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Spinal epidural arachnoid cyst (EAC is a rare, usually asymptomatic condition of unknown origin, which typically involves the lower thoracic spine. We report a case of posttraumatic symptomatic EAC with lumbar disc herniation. A 22-year-old man experienced back pain and sciatica after a traffic accident. Neurological examination revealed a right L5 radiculopathy. Magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated a cystic lesion at the L3 to L5 level and an L4-5 disc herniation; computed tomography myelography showed that the right L5 root was sandwiched between the cyst and the herniation. A dural defect was identified during surgery. The cyst was excised completely and the defect was repaired. A herniation was excised beside the dural sac. Histology showed that the cyst wall consisted of collagen and meningothelial cells. Postoperatively the symptoms resolved. Lumbar spinal EACs are rare; such cysts may arise from a congenital dural crack and grow gradually. The 6 cases of symptomatic lumbar EAC reported in the literature were not associated with disc herniation or trauma. In this case, the comorbid disc herniation was involved in symptom progression. Although many EACs are asymptomatic, comorbid spinal disorders such as disc herniation or trauma can result in symptom progression.

  6. Minimally invasive procedures on the lumbar spine

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    Skovrlj, Branko; Gilligan, Jeffrey; Cutler, Holt S; Qureshi, Sheeraz A

    2015-01-01

    Degenerative disease of the lumbar spine is a common and increasingly prevalent condition that is often implicated as the primary reason for chronic low back pain and the leading cause of disability in the western world. Surgical management of lumbar degenerative disease has historically been approached by way of open surgical procedures aimed at decompressing and/or stabilizing the lumbar spine. Advances in technology and surgical instrumentation have led to minimally invasive surgical techniques being developed and increasingly used in the treatment of lumbar degenerative disease. Compared to the traditional open spine surgery, minimally invasive techniques require smaller incisions and decrease approach-related morbidity by avoiding muscle crush injury by self-retaining retractors, preventing the disruption of tendon attachment sites of important muscles at the spinous processes, using known anatomic neurovascular and muscle planes, and minimizing collateral soft-tissue injury by limiting the width of the surgical corridor. The theoretical benefits of minimally invasive surgery over traditional open surgery include reduced blood loss, decreased postoperative pain and narcotics use, shorter hospital length of stay, faster recover and quicker return to work and normal activity. This paper describes the different minimally invasive techniques that are currently available for the treatment of degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. PMID:25610845

  7. A musculoskeletal model for the lumbar spine.

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    Christophy, Miguel; Faruk Senan, Nur Adila; Lotz, Jeffrey C; O'Reilly, Oliver M

    2012-01-01

    A new musculoskeletal model for the lumbar spine is described in this paper. This model features a rigid pelvis and sacrum, the five lumbar vertebrae, and a rigid torso consisting of a lumped thoracic spine and ribcage. The motion of the individual lumbar vertebrae was defined as a fraction of the net lumbar movement about the three rotational degrees of freedom: flexion-extension lateral bending, and axial rotation. Additionally, the eight main muscle groups of the lumbar spine were incorporated using 238 muscle fascicles with prescriptions for the parameters in the Hill-type muscle models obtained with the help of an extensive literature survey. The features of the model include the abilities to predict joint reactions, muscle forces, and muscle activation patterns. To illustrate the capabilities of the model and validate its physiological similarity, the model's predictions for the moment arms of the muscles are shown for a range of flexion-extension motions of the lower back. The model uses the OpenSim platform and is freely available on https://www.simtk.org/home/lumbarspine to other spinal researchers interested in analyzing the kinematics of the spine. The model can also be integrated with existing OpenSim models to build more comprehensive models of the human body.

  8. 49 CFR 572.115 - Lumbar spine and pelvis.

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    ... 49 Transportation 7 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Lumbar spine and pelvis. 572.115 Section 572.115... 50th Percentile Male § 572.115 Lumbar spine and pelvis. The specifications and test procedure for the lumbar spine and pelvis are identical to those for the SID dummy as set forth in § 572.42 except that...

  9. 49 CFR 572.9 - Lumbar spine, abdomen, and pelvis.

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    ... 49 Transportation 7 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Lumbar spine, abdomen, and pelvis. 572.9 Section... Percentile Male § 572.9 Lumbar spine, abdomen, and pelvis. (a) The lumbar spine, abdomen, and pelvis consist... minutes after the release. (d) When the abdomen is subjected to continuously applied force in accordance...

  10. 49 CFR 572.19 - Lumbar spine, abdomen and pelvis.

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    ... 49 Transportation 7 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Lumbar spine, abdomen and pelvis. 572.19 Section 572.19 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to Transportation (Continued) NATIONAL HIGHWAY...-Year-Old Child § 572.19 Lumbar spine, abdomen and pelvis. (a) The lumbar spine, abdomen, and pelvis...

  11. Innervation of ''painful'' lumbar discs

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    Coppes, MH; Marani, E; Thomeer, RTWM; Groen, GJ

    1997-01-01

    Study Design. The authors investigated the innervation of discographically confirmed degenerated and ''painful'' human intervertebral discs. Objective. To determine the type and distribution patterns of nerve fibers present in degenerated human intervertebral discs. Summary of Background Data. The i

  12. Intervertebral disc and ligament on deformation effect of the lumbar spine bio-mechanics research%椎间盘与韧带对腰椎变形影响的生物力学研究

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    程光凯; 刘清; 杨秀萍; 马雪梅; 张兵; 张春秋

    2015-01-01

    Using CT scan images and 3D reconstruction software, the sheep lumbar BMD at L1-L4 was rebuilded. The three-dimensional entity model including vertebral body, intervertebral disc and ligament was constructed into a finite element mod-el. The vertebral body, intervertebral disc and the rule of the stress distribution of the ligament were analysed. The numerical calculation results showed that under the single traction load and/or lateral bending load, there was a significant difference of the displacement field when the plate and ligament between spinal disc are considered or not, but there was smaller influence on the equivalent stress of vertebral body. The results showed that the intervertebral disc and ligament significantly affect the deformation of the spine, and the deformation simulation need to consider the existence of intervertebral disc and spinal ligaments.%利用CT扫描图像和三维重建软件,重建羊腰椎L1-L4的三维实体模型,建立包括椎体、椎间盘和韧带的有限元模型,数值计算得到椎体,椎间盘和韧带的应力分布规律。数值计算结果表明:施加单一牵引载荷和侧向弯曲载荷时,考虑间盘与韧带时腰椎的位移场与未考虑间盘与韧带时腰椎的位移场有明显的区别,对椎体的等效应力影响较小。文中结果表明,椎间盘与韧带明显影响腰椎变形的,研究腰椎变形需要考虑椎间盘与韧带。

  13. Adjacent Lumbar Disc Herniation after Lumbar Short Spinal Fusion

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    Koshi Ninomiya

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A 70-year-old outpatient presented with a chief complaint of sudden left leg motor weakness and sensory disturbance. He had undergone L4/5 posterior interbody fusion with L3–5 posterior fusions for spondylolisthesis 3 years prior, and the screws were removed 1 year later. He has been followed up for 3 years, and there had been no adjacent segment problems before this presentation. Lumbar magnetic resonance imaging (MRI showed a large L2/3 disc hernia descending to the L3/4 level. Compared to the initial MRI, this hernia occurred in an “intact” disc among multilevel severely degenerated discs. Right leg paresis and bladder dysfunction appeared a few days after admission. Microscopic lumbar disc herniotomy was performed. The right leg motor weakness improved just after the operation, but the moderate left leg motor weakness and difficulty in urination persisted.

  14. Suspected herniated lumbar disc - computed tomography in differential diagnosis of non-disc-related sciatica

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    Weiss, T.; Koehler, D.; Treisch, J.; Claussen, C.; Felix, R.

    1984-07-01

    The most common reason a patient is referred for spinal CT examination is to exclude a ruptured intervertebral disc. Besides nerve root entrapment due to herniated disc, a number of unusual or unexpected conditions have been encountered in the course of CT lumbar spine studies. These include spondylolisthesis, spinal dysraphism, Paget's disease, and inflammatory, neoplastic, or metastatic lesions. The application of spinal (small-circle) target imaging includes the risk of overlooking soft tissue lesions that extend beyond the reconstruction circle. Therefore, complete (large-circle) circumferential abdominal scanning is recommended in case of a suspected extraspinal cause of sciatica.

  15. Clinical significance of gas myelography and CT gas myelography of the thoracic spine and the lumbar spine

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    Yoshinaga, Haruhiko (Tokyo Medical Coll. (Japan))

    1984-05-01

    Basic and clinical applications relating to air myelography of the cervical spine have already been studied and extensively been used as an adjuvant diagnostic method for diseases of the spine and the spinal cord. However, hardly any application and clinical evaluation have been made concerning gas myelography of the thoracic spine and the lumbar spine. The author examined X-ray findings of 183 cases with diseases of the thoracic spine and the lumbar spine, including contral cases. Gas X-ray photography included simple profile, forehead tomography, sagittal plane, and CT section. Morphological characteristics of normal X-ray pictures of the throacic spine and the lumbar spine were explained from 54 control cases, and all the diameters of the subarachnoidal space from the anterior to the posterior part were measured. X-ray findings were examined on pathological cases, namely 22 cases with diseases of the throacic spine and 107 cases with diseases of the lumbar spine, and as a result these were useful for pathological elucidation of spinal cord tumors, spinal carries, yellow ligament ossification, lumbar spinal canal stenosis, hernia of intervertebral disc, etc. Also, CT gas myelography was excellent in stereo observation of the spine and the spinal cord in spinal cord tumors, yellow ligament ossification, and spinal canal stenosis. On the other hand, it is not suitable for the diagnoses of intraspinal vascular abnormality, adhesive arachinitis, and running abnormality of the cauda equina nerve and radicle. Gas myelography of the thoracic spine and the lambar spine, is very useful in clinics when experienced techniques are used in photographic conditions, and diagnoses are made, well understanding the characteristics of gas pictures. Thus, its application has been opened to selection of an operative technique, determination of operative ranges, etc.

  16. Effect of continuous lumbar traction on the size of herniated disc material in lumbar disc herniation.

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    Ozturk, Bulent; Gunduz, Osman Hakan; Ozoran, Kursat; Bostanoglu, Sevinc

    2006-05-01

    We investigated the effects of continuous lumbar traction in patients with lumbar disc herniation on clinical findings, and size of the herniated disc measured by computed tomography (CT). In this prospective, randomized, controlled study, 46 patients with lumbar disc herniation were included, and randomized into two groups as the traction group (24 patients), and the control group (22 patients). The traction group was given a physical therapy program and continuous lumbar traction. The control group was given the same physical therapy program without traction, for the same duration of time. Data for the clinical symptoms and signs were collected before and after the treatment together with calculation of a herniation index, from the CT images that showed the size of the herniated disc material. In the traction group, most of the clinical findings significantly improved with treatment. Size of the herniated disc material in CT decreased significantly only in the traction group. In the traction group the herniation index decreased from 276.6+/-129.6 to 212.5+/-84.3 with treatment (p0.05). Patients with greater herniations tended to respond better to traction. In conclusion, lumbar traction is both effective in improving symptoms and clinical findings in patients with lumbar disc herniation and also in decreasing the size of the herniated disc material as measured by CT.

  17. On the collagen criss-cross angles in the annuli fibrosi of lumbar spine finite element models

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    In the human lumbar spine, annulus fibrosus fibres largely contribute to intervertebral disc stability. Detailed annulus models are therefore necessary to obtain reliable predictions of lumbar spine mechanics by finite element modelling. However, different definitions of collagen orientations coexist in the literature for healthy human lumbar annuli. Therefore, four annulus fibre-induced anisotropy models were built from reported anatomical descriptions, and inserted in a L3–L5 lumba...

  18. Intervertebral Fusion with Mobile Microendoscopic Discectomy for Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease.

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    Xu, Bao-Shan; Liu, Yue; Xu, Hai-Wei; Yang, Qiang; Ma, Xin-Long; Hu, Yong-Cheng

    2016-05-01

    The aim of this article is to introduce a technique for lumbar intervertebral fusion that incorporates mobile microendoscopic discectomy (MMED) for lumbar degenerative disc disease. Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion is frequently performed to treat degenerative diseases of the lumbar spine; however, the scope of such surgery and vision is limited by what the naked eye can see through the expanding channel system. To expand the visual scope and reduce trauma, we perform lumbar intervertebral fusion with the aid of a MMED system that provides a wide field through freely tilting the surgical instrument and canals. We believe that this technique is a good option for treating lumbar degenerative disc disease that requires lumbar intervertebral fusion.

  19. Simulation of the Lumbar Spine as a Multi-Module Paralel Manipulator

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    M. Ceccarelli

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper a simulation of movements of lumbar spine is proposed by using a model with serially connected parallel manipulators. An analysis has been computed for the human spine structure and its movements, in order to simulate the motions and forces that actuate a spine specifically in the lumbar segment. A mechanical model has been designed with available identified parameters of human spine, by using characteristics of parallel manipulators and spring stiffness. This model is suitable to properly simulate the trunk behavior at macroscopic level but also the smooth behavior of intervertebral discs and actuating motions of muscles and tendons. Simulation results for spring actions and joints reaction forces can give an evaluation of the forces that intervertebral discs supports during motions of a real spine.

  20. Lumbar disc cyst with contralateral radiculopathy

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    Kishore Tourani

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Disc cysts are uncommon intraspinal cystic lesions located in the ventrolateral epidural space. They communicate with the nucleus pulposus of the intervertebral disc and cause symptoms by radicular compression. We report a unique case of lumbar disc cyst that was associated with disc herniation and contralateral radiculopathy. A 22 year old male presented with one month history of back-ache radiating to the left leg. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI showed L3-L4 disc herniation with annular tear and cystic lesion in the extradural space anterior to the thecal sac on right side, which increased in size over a period of 3 weeks. L3 laminectomy and bilateral discectomy and cyst excision was done with partial improvement of patients symptoms.

  1. Lateral Surgical Approach to Lumbar Intervertebral Discs in an Ovine Model

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    David Oehme

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The sheep is becoming increasingly used as a large animal model for preclinical spine surgery studies. Access to the ovine lumbar intervertebral discs has traditionally been via an anterior or anterolateral approach, which requires larger wound incisions and, at times, significant abdominal retraction. We present a new minimally invasive operative technique for a far-lateral approach to the ovine lumbar spine that allows for smaller incisions, excellent visualisation of intervertebral discs, and minimal abdominal retraction and is well tolerated by animals with minimal morbidity.

  2. Lateral surgical approach to lumbar intervertebral discs in an ovine model.

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    Oehme, David; Goldschlager, Tony; Rosenfeld, Jeffrey; Danks, Andrew; Ghosh, Peter; Gibbon, Anne; Jenkin, Graham

    2012-01-01

    The sheep is becoming increasingly used as a large animal model for preclinical spine surgery studies. Access to the ovine lumbar intervertebral discs has traditionally been via an anterior or anterolateral approach, which requires larger wound incisions and, at times, significant abdominal retraction. We present a new minimally invasive operative technique for a far-lateral approach to the ovine lumbar spine that allows for smaller incisions, excellent visualisation of intervertebral discs, and minimal abdominal retraction and is well tolerated by animals with minimal morbidity.

  3. Differences in lumbar spine load due to posture and upper limb external load.

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    Kamińska, Joanna; Roman-Liu, Danuta; Zagrajek, Tomasz; Borkowski, Paweł

    2010-01-01

    As the lumbar region of the spine is particularly predisposed to musculoskeletal disorders, the aim of this article was to assess lumbar spine load on the basis of an accurate model of this part of the body. The model was developed with the finite element method and the energy criterion for optimising muscle work. Computer calculations confirmed that stresses and compression forces in intervertebral discs increased with an increase in the load force and that they were significantly larger in the bent forwards posture than in the erect posture. This result clearly shows that lifting light objects and the erect posture are important elements in minimising spine load.

  4. Physiological pattern of lumbar disc height; Physiologisches Muster lumbaler Bandscheibenhoehen

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    Biggemann, M. [Radiologische Klinik des Evangelischen Krankenhauses Bethesda, Duisburg (Germany); Frobin, W.; Brinckmann, P. [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Experimentelle Biomechanik

    1997-07-01

    Purpose of this study is to present a new method of quantifying objectively the height of all discs in lateral radiographs of the lumbar spine and of analysing the normal craniocaudal sequence pattern of lumbar disc heights. Methods: The new parameter is the ventrally measured disc height corrected for the dependence on the angle of lordosis by normalisation to mean angles observed in the erect posture of healthy persons. To eliminate radiographic magnification, the corrected ventral height is related to the mean depth of the cranially adjoining vertebra. In this manner lumbar disc heights were objectively measured in young, mature and healthy persons (146 males and 65 females). The craniocaudal sequence pattern was analysed by mean values from all persons and by height differences of adjoining discs in each individual lumbar spine. Results: Mean normative values demonstrated an increase in disc height between L1/L2 and L4/L5 and a constant or decreasing disc height between L4/L5 and L5/S1. However, this `physiological sequence of disc height in the statistical mean` was observed in only 36% of normal males and 55% of normal females. Conclusion: The radiological pattern of the `physiological sequence of lumbar disc height` leads to a relevant portion of false positive pathological results especially at L4/L5. An increase of disc height from L4/L5 to L5/S1 may be normal. The recognition of decreased disc height should be based on an abrupt change in the heights of adjoining discs and not on a deviation from a craniocaudal sequence pattern. (orig.) [Deutsch] Ziel dieser Arbeit ist es, einen neuen Parameter zur objektiven Messung der Hoehen aller auf einer seitlichen Uebersichtsaufnahme der LWS erkennbaren Bandscheiben vorzustellen und die physiologische kraniokaudale Diskushoehensequenz neu zu dokumentieren. Methode: Bei dem neuen Messverfahren wird die Bandscheibenhoehe ventral gemessen, zur Korrektur ihrer Haltungsabhaengigkeit auf Standardwinkel (mittlere Winkel

  5. Body posture and backpack loading: an upright magnetic resonance imaging study of the adult lumbar spine.

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    Shymon, Stephen; Hargens, Alan R; Minkoff, Lawrence A; Chang, Douglas G

    2014-07-01

    Axial loading of the spine while supine, simulating upright posture, decreases intervertebral disc (IVD) height and lumbar length and increases lumbar lordosis. The purpose of this study is to measure the adult lumbar spine's response to upright posture and a backpack load using upright magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We hypothesize that higher spinal loads, while upright and with a backpack, will compress lumbar length and IVD height as well as decrease lumbar lordosis. Six volunteers (45 ± 6 years) underwent 0.6 T MRI scans of the lumbar spine while supine, upright, and upright with a 10 % body weight (BW) backpack. Main outcomes were IVD height, lumbar spinal length (distance between anterior-superior corners of L1 and S1), and lumbar lordosis (Cobb angle between the superior endplates of L1 and S1). The 10 % BW load significantly compressed the L4-L5 and L5-S1 IVDs relative to supine (p spine wearing common backpack loads. The novel upright MRI protocol described allows for functional, in vivo, loaded measurements of the spine that enables the study of spinal biomechanics and therapeutic interventions.

  6. Pedicular stress fracture in the lumbar spine

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    Chong, V.F.H.; Htoo, M.M. [Singapore General Hospital, Singapore, (Singapore). Department of Diagnostic Radiology

    1997-08-01

    Spondylolisthesis with or without spondylolysis is common in the lumbar spine. Associated fracture in the pedicle (`pediculolysis`) is unusual. The margins of pedicular stress fractures, like spondylolysis, usually appear sclerotic. A patient with a pedicular stress fracture with minimal marginal sclerosis suggesting an injury of recent onset is presented here. There was associated bilateral spondylolysis. The findings in this patient suggest that established pediculolysis probably represents a stress fracture that has failed to heal. (authors). 10 refs., 2 figs.

  7. Sagittal spinal alignment in patients with lumbar disc herniation.

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    Endo, Kenji; Suzuki, Hidekazu; Tanaka, Hidetoshi; Kang, Yupeng; Yamamoto, Kengo

    2010-03-01

    A retrospective cross-sectional study was designed to evaluate total sagittal spinal alignment in patients with lumbar disc herniation (LDH) and healthy subjects. Abnormal sagittal spinal alignment could cause persistent low back pain in lumbar disease. Previous studies analyzed sciatic scoliotic list in patients with lumbar disc herniation; but there is little or no information on the relationship between sagittal alignment and subjective findings. The study subjects were 61 LDH patients and 60 age-matched healthy subjects. Preoperative and 6-month postoperatively lateral whole-spine standing radiographs were assessed for the distance between C7 plumb line and posterior superior corner on the top margin of S1 sagittal vertical axis (SVA), lumbar lordotic angle between the top margin of the first lumbar vertebra and first sacral vertebra (L1S1), pelvic tilting angle (PA), and pelvic morphologic angle (PRS1). Subjective symptoms were evaluated by the Japanese Orthopedic Association (JOA) score for lower back pain (nine points). The mean SVA value of the LDH group (32.7 +/- 46.5 mm, +/- SD) was significantly larger than that of the control (2.5 +/- 17.1 mm), while L1S1 was smaller (36.7 +/- 14.5 degrees ) and PA was larger (25.1 +/- 9.0 degrees ) in LDH than control group (49.0 +/- 10.0 degrees and 18.2 +/- 6.0 degrees , respectively). At 6 months after surgery, the malalignment recovered to almost the same level as the control group. SVA correlated with the subjective symptoms measured by the JOA score. Sagittal spinal alignment in LDH exhibits more anterior translation of the C7 plumb line, less lumbar lordosis, and a more vertical sacrum. Measurements of these spinal parameters allowed assessment of the pathophysiology of LDH.

  8. Height of lumbar discs measured from radiographs compared with degeneration and height classified from MR images

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    Frobin, W.; Brinckmann, P. [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Experimentelle Biomechanik; Kramer, M.; Hartwig, E. [Ulm Univ. (Germany). Sektion fuer Unfallchirurgische Forschung und Biomechanik

    2001-02-01

    The relation between height of lumbar discs (measured from lateral radiographic views) and disc degeneration (classified from MR images) deserves attention in view of the wide, often parallel or interchanged use of both methods. The time sequence of degenerative signs and decrease of disc height is controversial. To clarify the issue, this cross-sectional study documents the relation between disc degeneration and disc height in a selected cohort. Forty-three subjects were selected at random from a cohort examined for potential disc-related disease caused by long-term lifting and carrying. From each subject a lateral radiographic view of the lumbar spine as well as findings from an MR investigation of (in most cases) levels T12/L1 to L5/S1 were available; thus, n = 237 lumbar discs were available for measurement and classification. Disc height was measured from the radiographic views with a new protocol compensating for image distortion and permitting comparison with normal, age- and gender-appropriate disc height. Degeneration as well as disc height were classified twice from MR images by independent observers in a blinded fashion. Disc degeneration classified from MR images is not related to a measurable disc height loss in the first stage of degeneration, whereas progressive degeneration goes along with progressive loss of disc height, though with considerable interindividual variation. Loss of disc height classified from MR images is on average compatible with loss of disc height measured from radiographs. In individual discs, however, classification of height loss from MR images is imprecise. The first sign of disc degeneration (a moderate loss of nucleus signal) precedes disc height decrease. As degeneration progresses, disc height decreases. Disc height decrease and progress of degeneration, however, appear to be only loosely correlated. (orig.)

  9. Sagittal endplate morphology of the lower lumbar spine.

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    Lakshmanan, Palaniappan; Purushothaman, Balaji; Dvorak, Vlasta; Schratt, Walter; Thambiraj, Sathya; Boszczyk, Maximilian

    2012-05-01

    The sagittal profile of lumbar endplates is discrepant from current simplified disc replacement and fusion device design. Endplate concavity is symmetrical in the coronal plane but shows considerable variability in the sagittal plane, which may lead to implant-endplate mismatch. The aim of this investigation is to provide further analysis of the sagittal endplate morphology of the mid to lower lumbar spine study (L3–S1), thereby identifying the presence of common endplate shape patterns across these levels and providing morphological reference values complementing the findings of previous studies. Observational study. A total of 174 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the adult lumbar spine from the digital archive of our centre, which met the inclusion criteria, were studied. Superior (SEP) and inferior (IEP) endplate shape was divided into flat (no concavity), oblong (homogeneous concavity) and ex-centric (inhomogeneous concavity). The concavity depth (ECD) and location of concavity apex (ECA) relative to endplate diameter of the vertebrae L3–S1 were determined. Flat endplates were only predominant at the sacrum SEP (84.5%). The L5 SEP was flat in 24.7% and all other endplates in less than 10%. The majority of endplates were concave with a clear trend of endplate shape becoming more ex-centric from L3 IEP (56.9% oblong vs. 37.4% ex-centric) to L5 IEP (4% oblong vs. 94.3% ex-centric). Ex-centric ECA were always found in the posterior half of the lumbar endplates. Both the oblong and ex-centric ECD was 2-3 mm on average with the IEP of a motion segment regularly possessing the greater depth. A sex- or age-related difference could not be found. The majority of lumbar endplates are concave, while the majority of sacral endplates are flat. An oblong and an ex-centric endplate shape can be distinguished, whereby the latter is more common at the lower lumbar levels. The apex of the concavity of ex-centric discs is located in the posterior half of the endplate

  10. Parameters that effect spine biomechanics following cervical disc replacement.

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    Goel, Vijay K; Faizan, Ahmad; Palepu, Vivek; Bhattacharya, Sanghita

    2012-06-01

    Total disc replacement (TDR) is expected to provide a more physiologic alternative to fusion. However, long-term clinical data proving the efficacy of the implants is lacking. Limited clinical data suggest somewhat of a disagreement between the in vitro biomechanical studies and in vivo assessments. This conceptual paper presents the potential biomechanical challenges affecting the TDR that should be addressed with a hope to improve the clinical outcomes and our understanding of the devices. Appropriate literature and our own research findings comparing the biomechanics of different disc designs are presented to highlight the need for additional investigations. The biomechanical effects of various surgical procedures are analyzed, reiterating the importance of parameters like preserving uncinate processes, disc placement and its orientation within the cervical spine. Moreover, the need for a 360° dynamic system for disc recipients who may experience whiplash injuries is explored. Probabilistic studies as performed already in the lumbar spine may explore high risk combinations of different parameters and explain the differences between "standard" biomechanical investigations and clinical studies. Development of a patient specific optimized finite element model that takes muscle forces into consideration may help resolve the discrepancies between biomechanics of TDR and the clinical studies. Factors affecting long-term performance such as bone remodeling, subsidence, and wear are elaborated. In vivo assessment of segmental spine motion has been, and continues to be, a challenge. In general, clinical studies while reporting the data have placed lesser emphasis on kinematics following intervertebral disc replacements. Evaluation of in vivo kinematics following TDR to analyze the quality and quantity of motion using stereoradiogrammetric technique may be needed.

  11. Time-dependent scar enhancement in magnetic resonance imaging of the postoperative lumbar spine

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    Glickstein, M.F.; Sussman, S.K. (Hartford Hospital, CT (USA). Dept. of Radiology)

    1991-07-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become a principal modality in the evaluation of the postoperative lumbar spine. Gadolinium-diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (Gd-DTPA) can often facilitate differentiation of scar from recurrent disc herniation according to established criteria. Scar has been believed to enhance predictably. We reviewed the contrast-enhanced MR scans of 44 patients who were examined for recurrent back pain following disc surgery and attempted to assess the enhancement characteristics of scar as a function of the time interval between initial surgery and the imaging study. In 44 patients, scar was believed to be present at 32 of 49 disc levels. In patients examined long after surgery, scar enhancement may be less intense than in those examined shortly after surgery, or even nonexistent. This temporal factor should be considered when using contrast material to differentiate scar from recurrent disc herniation in postoperative examinations of the lumbar spine. (orig./GDG).

  12. Prosthetic Lumbar disc replacement for degenerative disc disease

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    Kulkarni Arvind

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Mechanical articulated device to replace intervertebral disc as a treatment for low back pain secondary to disc degeneration has emerged as a promising tool for selected patients. The potential advantages are prevention of adjacent segment degeneration, maintenance of mobility as well as avoidance of all the complications associated with fusion. The short-term results have been comparable to that of fusion, a few mid-term results have shown mixed outcome, but information on long-term results and performance are not available at present. The rationale for lumbar disc arthroplasty, indications, contraindications, the various artificial devices in the market and the concepts intrinsic to each of them, basic technique of insertion, complications are discussed and a brief summary of our experience with one of the devices is presented.

  13. SEGMENTATION OF CT SCAN LUMBAR SPINE IMAGE USING MEDIAN FILTER AND CANNY EDGE DETECTION ALGORITHM

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    E.Punarselvam

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The lumbar vertebrae are the largest segments of the movable part of the vertebral column, they are elected L1 to L5, starting at the top. The spinal column, more commonly called the backbone, is made up primarily of vertebrae discs, and the spinal cord. Acting as a communication conduit for the brain, signals are transmitted and received through the spinal cord. It is otherwise known as vertebralcolumn consists of 24 separate bony vertebrae together with 5 fused vertebrae, it is the unique interaction between the solid and fluid components that provides the disc strength and flexibility required to bear loading of the lumbar spine. In this work the Segmentation of Spine Image using Median Filter and Canny Edge Detection Algorithm between lumbar spine CT scan spine disc image. The result shows thatthe canny edge detection algorithm produced better result when compared other edge detection algorithm. Finding the correct boundary in a noisy image of spine disc is still a difficult one. To find outabsolute edges from noisy images, the comparative result can be verified and validated with the standard medical values. The result shows that the canny edge detection algorithm performs well and produced a solution very nearer to the optimal solution. This method is vigorous for all kinds of noisy images.

  14. CT of lumbar disc herniation: correlation with surgical findings

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    Lee, Suk Yl; Lee, Dong Jin; Sung, Kyu Bo; Woo, Won Hyung [Korea General Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1986-10-15

    CT from forty nine patients with 53 surgical disc explorations were reviewed and correlated with surgical findings. The results were as follows: 1. Frequent locations of HNP were in L4-5 (65%) and L5-S1 (31%). The most common type of HNP was paramidine type (71%). 2. Focal protrusion of the posterior margin of disc and obliteration of epidural fat pad were observed in all of cases (100%) and other common findings were indentation of epidural sac in 46 cases (96%) and compression of nerve root sleeve in 33 cases (69%). 3. Cephalad and caudad extension of protruded soft tissue density in the spinal canal was observed in 15 cases (31%) with variable degree. And more than 6mm extension were provided to be extruded disc in 9 cases. 4. Vacuum phenomenon was demonstrated in 5 cases (10%) and was accompanied with bulging annulus. 5. Forty eight herniated nucleus (HNP) were confirmed surgically in 44 patients. Misinterpretations were made in 4 instances (4 patients); 1 because of lumbar scoliosis, 1 because of spondylolisthesis, and the other 2 because of calcified posterior longitudinal ligament and bulging annulus. One case of true negative examination was central and foraminal stenosis in spinal CT. Thus, sensitivity, specificity and overall accuracy of lumbar spine CT in HNP were 92%, 100% and 92%, respectively.

  15. Effect of pelvic tilt on lumbar spine geometry.

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    Delisle, A; Gagnon, M; Sicard, C

    1997-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to use a noninvasive method to determine the effect of pelvic tilt on the lumbar spine geometry in the sagittal plane. Five healthy male subjects were instructed in performing active forward and backward pelvic tilt manoeuvres in the standing position. The lumbar spine geometry (severity of lordosis, pelvis and lumbar vertebrae orientations) was estimated with a lumbar spine geometric model. The voluntary backward pelvic tilt succeeded in reducing the depth of the lumbar spine curvature, but the forward tilt did not change it. Both pelvic tilt manoeuvres influenced the absolute orientations of the lower lumbar vertebrae and the relative orientations of some lumbar vertebrae. Interestingly, the L5/S1 joint showed was little affected by the pelvic tilt manoeuvres.

  16. Computed tomography of the herniated lumbar disc: diagnostic difficulties and error

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    Weiss, T.; Treisch, J.; Claussen, C.; Banzer, D.

    1983-01-01

    In 310 computed axial tomograms of the lumbar spine which were studied retrospectively a number of pitfall situations were encountered. These in part were related to technical limitations, in part to degenerative joint disease and to postoperative hypertrophic scar formation. It became evident that the position of the disc within the intervertebral space may vary to a certain degree, a phenomenon not to be mistaken for disc protrusion.

  17. Are the determinants of vertebral endplate changes and severe disc degeneration in the lumbar spine the same? A magnetic resonance imaging study in middle-aged male workers

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    Korpelainen Raija

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Modic changes are bone marrow lesions visible in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, and they are assumed to be associated with symptomatic intervertebral disc disease, especially changes located at L5-S1. Only limited information exists about the determinants of Modic changes. The objective of this study was to evaluate the determinants of vertebral endplate (Modic changes, and whether they are similar for Modic changes and severe disc degeneration focusing on L5-S1 level. Methods 228 middle-aged male workers (159 train engineers and 69 sedentary factory workers from northern Finland underwent sagittal T1- and T2-weighted MRI. Modic changes and disc degeneration were analyzed from the scans. The participants responded to a questionnaire including items of occupational history and lifestyle factors. Logistic regression analysis was used to evaluate the associations between selected determinants (age, lifetime exercise, weight-related factors, fat percentage, smoking, alcohol use, lifetime whole-body vibration and Modic type I and II changes, and severe disc degeneration (= grade V on Pfirrmann's classification. Results The prevalences of the Modic changes and severe disc degeneration were similar in the occupational groups. Age was significantly associated with all degenerative changes. In the age-adjusted analyses, only weight-related determinants (BMI, waist circumference were associated with type II changes. Exposure to whole-body vibration, besides age, was the only significant determinant for severe disc degeneration. In the multivariate model, BMI was associated with type II changes at L5-S1 (OR 2.75 per one SD = 3 unit increment in BMI, and vibration exposure with severe disc degeneration at L5-S1 (OR 1.08 per one SD = 11-year increment in vibration exposure. Conclusion Besides age, weight-related factors seem important in the pathogenesis of Modic changes, whereas whole-body vibration was the only significant determinant

  18. The activL(®) Artificial Disc: a next-generation motion-preserving implant for chronic lumbar discogenic pain.

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    Yue, James J; Garcia, Rolando; Miller, Larry E

    2016-01-01

    Degeneration of the lumbar intervertebral discs is a leading cause of chronic low back pain in adults. Treatment options for patients with chronic lumbar discogenic pain unresponsive to conservative management include total disc replacement (TDR) or lumbar fusion. Until recently, only two lumbar TDRs had been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration - the Charité Artificial Disc in 2004 and the ProDisc-L Total Disc Replacement in 2006. In June 2015, a next-generation lumbar TDR received Food and Drug Administration approval - the activL(®) Artificial Disc (Aesculap Implant Systems). Compared to previous-generation lumbar TDRs, the activL(®) Artificial Disc incorporates specific design enhancements that result in a more precise anatomical match and allow a range of motion that better mimics the healthy spine. The results of mechanical and clinical studies demonstrate that the activL(®) Artificial Disc results in improved mechanical and clinical outcomes versus earlier-generation artificial discs and compares favorably to lumbar fusion. The purpose of this report is to describe the activL(®) Artificial Disc including implant characteristics, intended use, surgical technique, postoperative care, mechanical testing, and clinical experience to date.

  19. Effect of comprehensive rehabilitative treatment on prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc in 120 cases%综合康复治疗腰椎间盘出症120例疗效分析

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    2002-01-01

    Background:Lumbar spine connects thorax and pelvis,its physiological structure and kinetics confer susceptibility to injury and degeneration.Prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc often coexist with other diseases or is secondary to them.

  20. Lubrication regimes in lumbar total disc arthroplasty.

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    Shaheen, A; Shepherd, D E T

    2007-08-01

    A number of total disc arthroplasty devices have been developed. Some concern has been expressed that wear may be a potential failure mode for these devices, as has been seen with hip arthroplasty. The aim of this paper was to investigate the lubrication regimes that occur in lumbar total disc arthroplasty devices. The disc arthroplasty was modelled as a ball-and-socket joint. Elastohydrodynamic lubrication theory was used to calculate the minimum film thickness of the fluid between the bearing surfaces. The lubrication regime was then determined for different material combinations, size of implant, and trunk velocity. Disc arthroplasties with a metal-polymer or metal-metal material combination operate with a boundary lubrication regime. A ceramic-ceramic material combination has the potential to operate with fluid-film lubrication. Disc arthroplasties with a metal-polymer or metal-metal material combination are likely to generate wear debris. In future, it is worth considering a ceramic-ceramic material combination as this is likely to reduce wear.

  1. 腰椎间盘突出症术后康复治疗%Postoperative rehabilitation treatment of patients with prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc

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    2001-01-01

    @@ Background:Now,transcutaneous lumbar removal of vertebral disc,a kind of effective treatments for prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc is widely used in clinic .Postoperative rehabilitation training has been recepted in clinic. Objective:In order to strengthen stability of spine,oppression and stimulation for nerve root were removed. Unit:General Hospital of Shenyang Military Region.

  2. Lumbar spine degenerative disease : effect on bone mineral density measurements in the lumbar spine and femoral neck

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    Juhng, Seon Kwan [Wonkwang Univ. School of Medicine, Iksan (Korea, Republic of); Koplyay, Peter; Jeffrey Carr, J.; Lenchik, Leon [Wake Forest Univ. School of Medicine, Winston-salem (United States)

    2001-04-01

    To determine the effect of degenerative disease of the lumbar spine on bone mineral density in the lumbar spine and femoral neck. We reviewed radiographs and dual energy x-ray absorptiometry scans of the lumbar spine and hip in 305 Caucasian women with suspected osteoporosis. One hundred and eight-six patient remained after excluding women less than 40 years of age (n=18) and those with hip osteoarthritis, scoliosis, lumbar spine fractures, lumbar spinal instrumentation, hip arthroplasty, metabolic bone disease other than osteoporosis, or medications known to influence bone metabolism (n=101). On the basis of lumbar spine radiographs, those with absent/mild degenerative disease were assigned to the control group and those with moderate/severe degenerative disease to the degenerative group. Spine radiographs were evaluated for degenerative disease by two radiologists working independently; discrepant evaluations were resolved by consensus. Lumbar spine and femoral neck bone mineral density was compared between the two groups. Forty-five (24%) of 186 women were assigned to the degenerative group and 141 (76%) to the control group. IN the degenerative group, mean bone mineral density measured 1.075g/cm? in the spine and 0.788g/cm{sup 2} in the femoral neck, while for controls the corresponding figures were 0.989g/cm{sup 2} and 0.765g/cm{sup 2}. Adjusted for age, weight and height by means of analysis of variance, degenerative disease of the lumbar spine was a significant predictor of increased bone mineral density in the spine (p=0.0001) and femoral neck (p=0.0287). Our results indicate a positive relationship between degenerative disease of the lumbar spine and bone mineral density in the lumbar spine and femoral neck, and suggest that degenerative disease in that region, which leads to an intrinsic increase in bone mineral density in the femoral neck, may be a good negative predictor of osteoporotic hip fractures.

  3. Evaluation of the role of magnetic resonance myelography in lumbar spine imaging

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    Thornton, M.J.; Lee, M.J.; Pender, S.; McGrath, F.P.; Brennan, R.P.; Varghese, J.C. [Department of Radiology, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin (Ireland)]|[Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Medical School, Dublin (Ireland)

    1999-06-01

    The purpose of our study was to evaluate the accuracy of MR myelography in depicting disc herniation in the lumbar spine when compared with conventional MRI in patients presenting with clinical evidence of disc herniation. One hundred patients referred for conventional MR imaging of the lumbar spine also had coronal MR (TR 9000 ms, TE 272 ms eff, NEX 3, echo train length 32) myelography performed. Three experienced observers compared magnetic resonance myelography (MRM) with conventional lumbar spine MR using the following variables: visibility of thecal sac and nerve roots, and the presence, location and severity of disc herniation. Disc protrusions were seen at 110 disc space levels on conventional MR images as opposed to 93 on MRM. However, only 72 % of lesions seen on conventional MR were diagnosed by MRM. Similarly, only 63.8 % of nerve root compression abnormalities seen at conventional MR were visualized when compared with conventional MRM. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of MRM when compared with conventional MR was 72, 93 and 85 %, respectively. The MRM technique yields images that resemble conventional myelography and may be used to help confirm abnormalities seen on conventional MR in selected cases; however, the large number of false-positive and false-negative examinations indicates that caution should be used in interpreting MRM images. (orig.) With 5 figs., 1 tab., 25 refs.

  4. Percutaneous treatment of lumbar disc herniation

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    Leonardi, M.; Resta, F.; Bettinelli, A. [Ospedale Maggiore di Milano (Italy); Lavaroni, A.; Fabris, G. [Ospedale Civile di Udine (Italy); Abelli, F. [Fondazione Clinica del Lavorno, Pavia (Italy)

    1994-12-31

    918 patients were subjected to percutaneous treatment of lumbar herniated disc. 733 of these were treated through enzymatic nucleolysis with chymopapain, for a total 883 levels. Chemonucleolysis was carried out on 733 patients (79.8%). Automated discectomy has been carried out in 185 cases (20.1%). Chemonucleolysis has led to the resolution of the symptoms in a high percentage of cases (82.2%). Nucleotomy has proved to be an effective method in 74.6% of cases. (author). 7 refs, 6 figs, 1 tab.

  5. Flexible Stabilisation of the Degenerative Lumbar Spine Using PEEK Rods

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    Jacques Benezech

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Posterior lumbar interbody fusion using cages, titanium rods, and pedicle screws is considered today as the gold standard of surgical treatment of lumbar degenerative disease and has produced satisfying long-term fusion rates. However this rigid material could change the physiological distribution of load at the instrumental and adjacent segments, a main cause of implant failure and adjacent segment disease, responsible for a high rate of further surgery in the following years. More recently, semirigid instrumentation systems using rods made of polyetheretherketone (PEEK have been introduced. This clinical study of 21 patients focuses on the clinical and radiological outcomes of patients with lumbar degenerative disease treated with Initial VEOS PEEK®-Optima system (Innov’Spine, France composed of rods made from PEEK-OPTIMA® polymer (Invibio Biomaterial Solutions, UK without arthrodesis. With an average follow-up of 2 years and half, the chances of reoperation were significantly reduced (4.8%, quality of life was improved (ODI = 16%, and the adjacent disc was preserved in more than 70% of cases. Based on these results, combined with the biomechanical and clinical data already published, PEEK rods systems can be considered as a safe and effective alternative solution to rigid ones.

  6. Lumbar disc herniation in a patient with congenital vertebral body anomaly: a case report.

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    Atabey, Cem; Eroğlu, Ahmet; Topuz, Ali Kivanc; Velioğlu, Murat; Demircan, Mehmet Nusret

    2014-12-01

    Lumbar disc herniation is characterized with low back and leg pain resulting from the degenerated lumbar disc compressing the spinal nerve root. The etiology of degenerative spine is related to age, smoking, microtrauma, obesity, disorders of familial collagen structure, occupational and sports-related physical activity. However, disc herniations induced by congenital lumbar vertebral anomalies are rarely seen. Vertebral fusion defect is one of the causes of congenital anomalies. The pathogenesis of embryological corpus vertebral fusion anomaly is not fully known. In this paper, a 30-year-old patient who had the complaints of low back and right leg pain after falling from a height is presented. She had right L5-S1 disc herniation that had developed on the basis of S1 vertebra corpus fusion anomaly in Lumbar computed tomography. This case has been discussed in the light of literature based on evaluations of Lumbar Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). This case is unique in that it is the first case with development of lumbar disc herniation associated with S1 vertebral corpus fusion anomaly. Congenital malformations with unusual clinical presentation after trauma should be evaluated through advanced radiological imaging techniques.

  7. Indication of posterior lumbar interbody fusion for lumbar disc herniation.

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    Satoh, Iwao; Yonenobu, Kazuo; Hosono, Noboru; Ohwada, Tetsuo; Fuji, Takeshi; Yoshikawa, Hideki

    2006-04-01

    To examine whether lumbar disc herniation with massive extrusion and/or segmental instability can be an indicator for spinal fusion or not, by comparing the outcome of posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) and discectomy alone. One hundred seventy-four patients with PLIF and 177 patients with discectomy were retrospectively analyzed. We hypothesized two criteria for fusion: massive herniation and segmental instability. The patients were divided into four groups according to our original criteria: group F-F (n = 96) consisted of the patients who fulfilled the criteria for fusion and underwent PLIF; group nF-F (n = 78) consisted of those who did not fulfill the criteria but had PLIF; group F-nF (n = 30) consisted of those who fulfilled the criteria but underwent discectomy; group nF-nF (n = 147) comprised those who did not fulfill the criteria and underwent discectomy. Each patient was evaluated clinically and radiologically at 5 years after operation. Groups F-F and nF-F had significantly superior results on low back pain compared with group F-nF (F-F vs F-nF, P < 0.05; nF-F vs F-nF, P < 0.01). The frequency of additional operation at the involved level was significantly higher in group F-nF (10.0%) than in group F-F (2.0%) (P < 0.05). Postoperative instability of the adjacent segment developed in 15 cases (8.6%) in groups F-F and nF-F and in 3 cases (1.7%) in groups F-nF and nF-nF (P < 0.01). Lumbar disc herniation with massive herniation or segmental instability can be well treated with PLIF.

  8. Effect of Age and Lordotic Angle on the Level of Lumbar Disc Herniation

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    Ghassan S. Skaf

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available It has been previously suggested in the literature that with aging, degenerative changes as well as disc herniation start at the lower lumbar segments, with higher disc involvement observed in an ascending fashion in older age groups. We conducted a study to investigate this correlation between age and level of disc herniation, and to associate it with the magnitude of the Lumbar Lordotic Angle (LLA, as measured by Cobb’s method. We followed retrospectively lumbosacral spine MRI’s of 1419 patients with symptomatic disc herniation. Pearson’s correlation was used in order to investigate the relationship between LLA, age, and level of disc herniation. Student’s -test was applied to assess gender differences. Young patients were found to have higher LLA (=0.44, <0.0001 and lower levels of disc herniation (=0.302, <0.0001, whereas older patients had higher level herniation in lower LLA group (mean LLA 28.6° and 25.4° and lower level herniation in high LLA group (mean LLA 33.2°. We concluded that Lumbar lordotic Cobb’s angle and age can be predictors of the level of lumbar disc herniation. This did not differ among men and women (=0.341, <0.0001.

  9. The activL® Artificial Disc: a next-generation motion-preserving implant for chronic lumbar discogenic pain

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    Yue JJ

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    Full Text Available James J Yue,1 Rolando Garcia Jr,2 Larry E Miller3 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 2Orthopedic Care Center, Miami, FL, 3Miller Scientific Consulting, Inc., Asheville, NC, USA Abstract: Degeneration of the lumbar intervertebral discs is a leading cause of chronic low back pain in adults. Treatment options for patients with chronic lumbar discogenic pain unresponsive to conservative management include total disc replacement (TDR or lumbar fusion. Until recently, only two lumbar TDRs had been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration - the Charité Artificial Disc in 2004 and the ProDisc-L Total Disc Replacement in 2006. In June 2015, a next-generation lumbar TDR received Food and Drug Administration approval - the activL® Artificial Disc (Aesculap Implant Systems. Compared to previous-generation lumbar TDRs, the activL® Artificial Disc incorporates specific design enhancements that result in a more precise anatomical match and allow a range of motion that better mimics the healthy spine. The results of mechanical and clinical studies demonstrate that the activL® Artificial Disc results in improved mechanical and clinical outcomes versus earlier-generation artificial discs and compares favorably to lumbar fusion. The purpose of this report is to describe the activL® Artificial Disc including implant characteristics, intended use, surgical technique, postoperative care, mechanical testing, and clinical experience to date. Keywords: activL® Artificial Disc, artificial disc, degenerative disc disease, discogenic, implant, lumbar, motion preservation, pain

  10. Treatment of lumbar disc herniation by percutaneous laser disc decompression (PLDD) and modified PLDD

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    Chi, Xiao fei; Li, Hong zhi; Wu, Ru zhou; Sui, Yun xian

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    Objective: To study the micro-invasive operative method and to compare the effect of treatment of PLDD and modified PLDD for Lumbar Disc Herniation. Method: Vaporized part of the nucleus pulposus in single or multiple point after acupuncture into lumbar disc, to reach the purpose of the decompression of the lumbar disc. Result: Among the 19 cases of the regular PLDD group, the excellent and good rate was 63.2%, and among the 40 cases of the modified PLDD group, the excellent and good rate was 82.5%. Conclusion: The modified PLDD has good effect on the treatment for lumbar disc herniation.

  11. 49 CFR 572.75 - Lumbar spine, abdomen, and pelvis assembly and test procedure.

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    ... 49 Transportation 7 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Lumbar spine, abdomen, and pelvis assembly and...) ANTHROPOMORPHIC TEST DEVICES 6-Year-Old Child § 572.75 Lumbar spine, abdomen, and pelvis assembly and test procedure. (a) Lumbar spine, abdomen, and pelvis assembly. The lumbar spine, abdomen, and pelvis consist of...

  12. Classification of the lumbar disc degeneration using MRI

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    Yoshida, Hirotoshi; Shinomiya, Kenichi; Okamoto, Akihiko; Muto, Naoko; Furuya, Kotaro (Tokyo Medical and Dental Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine)

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    Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging has been performed in consecutive 114 patients with a chief complaint of lumbar pain. A retrospective review of MR images of a total of 570 lumbar vertebrae from these patients were done to examine lumbar disc degeneration. According to the MR intensity of nucleus pulposus on T2-wighted sagittal images, lumbar disc degeneration was graded on a scale of 0-4: 0=uniform hyperintensity; 1=slight hypointensity; 2=centrally band-like hypointensity with marginal hyperintensity; 3=irregular hypointensity in both the central and marginal sites; 4=uniform hypointensity. Lumbar disc degeneration was observed in 76%; and it was rapidly increased in frequency in the 30 or older age groups. Of 570 vertebrae, 51 (8.9%) had narrowing of intervertebral cavity. For these vertebrae, a mean score of lumbar disc degeneration was 3.1. Lumbar disc herniation was seen in 93 vertebrae, with a mean score of lumbar disc degeneration being 3.07. Changes in vertebral body marrow were seen in 14 vertebrae (2.5%), in which a mean score of intervertebral disc degeneration was 3.71. (N.K.).

  13. Anterior herniation of lumbar disc induces persistent visceral pain:discogenic visceral pain

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    TANG Yuan-zhang; Moore-Langston Shannon; LAI Guang-hui; LI Xuan-ying; LI Na; NI Jia-xiang

    2013-01-01

    Background Visceral pain is a common cause for seeking medical attention.Afferent fibers innervating viscera project to the central nervous system via sympathetic nerves.The lumbar sympathetic nerve trunk lies in front of the lumbar spine.Thus,it is possible for patients to suffer visceral pain originating from sympathetic nerve irritation induced by anterior herniation of the lumbar disc.This study aimed to evaluate lumbar discogenic visceral pain and its treatment.Methods Twelve consecutive patients with a median age of 56.4 years were enrolled for investigation between June 2012 and December 2012.These patients suffered from long-term abdominal pain unresponsive to current treatment options.Apart from obvious anterior herniation of the lumbar discs and high signal intensity anterior to the herniated disc on magnetic resonance imaging,no significant pathology was noted on gastroscopy,vascular ultrasound,or abdominal computed tomography (CT).To prove that their visceral pain originated from the anteriorly protruding disc,we evaluated whether pain was relieved by sympathetic block at the level of the anteriorly protruding disc.If the block was effective,CT-guided continuous lumbar sympathetic nerve block was finally performed.Results All patients were positive for pain relief by sympathetic block.Furthermore,the average Visual Analog Scale of visceral pain significantly improved after treatment in all patients (P <0.05).Up to 11/12 patients had satisfactory pain relief at 1 week after discharge,8/12 at 4 weeks,7/12 at 8 weeks,6/12 at 12 weeks,and 5/12 at 24 weeks.Conclusions It is important to consider the possibility of discogenic visceral pain secondary to anterior herniation of the lumbar disc when forming a differential diagnosis for seemingly idiopathic abdominal pain.Continuous lumbar sympathetic nerve block is an effective and safe therapy for patients with discogenic visceral pain.

  14. Anterior herniation of lumbar disc induces persistent visceral pain: discogenic visceral pain: discogenic visceral pain.

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    Tang, Yuan-Zhang; Shannon, Moore-Langston; Lai, Guang-Hui; Li, Xuan-Ying; Li, Na; Ni, Jia-Xiang

    2013-01-01

    Visceral pain is a common cause for seeking medical attention. Afferent fibers innervating viscera project to the central nervous system via sympathetic nerves. The lumbar sympathetic nerve trunk lies in front of the lumbar spine. Thus, it is possible for patients to suffer visceral pain originating from sympathetic nerve irritation induced by anterior herniation of the lumbar disc. This study aimed to evaluate lumbar discogenic visceral pain and its treatment. Twelve consecutive patients with a median age of 56.4 years were enrolled for investigation between June 2012 and December 2012. These patients suffered from long-term abdominal pain unresponsive to current treatment options. Apart from obvious anterior herniation of the lumbar discs and high signal intensity anterior to the herniated disc on magnetic resonance imaging, no significant pathology was noted on gastroscopy, vascular ultrasound, or abdominal computed tomography (CT). To prove that their visceral pain originated from the anteriorly protruding disc, we evaluated whether pain was relieved by sympathetic block at the level of the anteriorly protruding disc. If the block was effective, CT-guided continuous lumbar sympathetic nerve block was finally performed. All patients were positive for pain relief by sympathetic block. Furthermore, the average Visual Analog Scale of visceral pain significantly improved after treatment in all patients (P pain relief at 1 week after discharge, 8/12 at 4 weeks, 7/12 at 8 weeks, 6/12 at 12 weeks, and 5/12 at 24 weeks. It is important to consider the possibility of discogenic visceral pain secondary to anterior herniation of the lumbar disc when forming a differential diagnosis for seemingly idiopathic abdominal pain. Continuous lumbar sympathetic nerve block is an effective and safe therapy for patients with discogenic visceral pain.

  15. A global CT to US registration of the lumbar spine

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    Nagpal, Simrin; Hacihaliloglu, Ilker; Ungi, Tamas; Rasoulian, Abtin; Osborn, Jill; Lessoway, Victoria A.; Rohling, Robert N.; Borschneck, Daniel P.; Abolmaesumi, Purang; Mousavi, Parvin

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    During percutaneous lumbar spine needle interventions, alignment of the preoperative computed tomography (CT) with intraoperative ultrasound (US) can augment anatomical visualization for the clinician. We propose an approach to rigidly align CT and US data of the lumbar spine. The approach involves an intensity-based volume registration step, followed by a surface segmentation and a point-based registration of the entire lumbar spine volume. A clinical feasibility study resulted in mean registration error of approximately 3 mm between CT and US data.

  16. A method for quantitative measurement of lumbar intervertebral disc structures

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    Tunset, Andreas; Kjær, Per; Samir Chreiteh, Shadi

    2013-01-01

    There is a shortage of agreement studies relevant for measuring changes over time in lumbar intervertebral disc structures. The objectives of this study were: 1) to develop a method for measurement of intervertebral disc height, anterior and posterior disc material and dural sac diameter using MRI...

  17. Safe zone for retractor placement to the lumbar spine via the transpsoas approach.

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    Spivak, Jeffery M; Paulino, Carl B; Patel, Ashish; Shanti, Nael; Pathare, Neil

    2013-04-01

    To measure anatomic variations of the lumbar plexus within the psoas in relation to the L2/3, L3/4, and L4/5 disc spaces and to delineate a safe zone to avoid nerve injury during retractor placement via the transpsoas approach. Six male and 6 female cadavers (24 psoas/ lumbar plexuses) aged 35 to 74 years were dissected. The lumbar plexus was isolated bilaterally. The L2, L3, and L4 nerve roots were identified and isolated without disturbing their natural anatomic course. The anteroposterior (AP) diameter of each intervertebral disc at L2/3, L3/4, and L4/5 was used as a reference. Four measurements were made using a caliper: the AP and mediolateral (ML) diameters of the psoas and AP and ML excursions of each nerve root. Percentages were calculated for the 4 measurements using the reference of the AP diameter of the intervertebral disc at each level. Comparison between left and right sides, between males and females, and between excursions of nerve roots were made. The AP diameter of the psoas increased from L2 to L4, with a mean vertebral body coverage of 80%, 86%, and 85% at L2/3, L3/4, and L4/5, respectively. Both the L2 and L3 nerve roots demonstrated substantial anterior trajectories as they coursed distally in the lumbar spine. No nerve root encroached anteriorly beyond 33% of the intervertebral disc space at L2 to L5. The lumbar plexus area corresponding to the anterior half of the intervertebral disc was the safe zone. Procedures to the lumbar spine via the transpsoas approach should be performed within the safe zone to avoid nerve injury.

  18. Measurement of Intervertebral Motion Using Quantitative Fluoroscopy: Report of an International Forum and Proposal for Use in the Assessment of Degenerative Disc Disease in the Lumbar Spine

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    Alan C. Breen

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Quantitative fluoroscopy (QF is an emerging technology for measuring intervertebral motion patterns to investigate problem back pain and degenerative disc disease. This International Forum was a networking event of three research groups (UK, US, Hong Kong, over three days in San Francisco in August 2009. Its aim was to reach a consensus on how best to record, analyse, and communicate QF information for research and clinical purposes. The Forum recommended that images should be acquired during regular trunk motion that is controlled for velocity and range, in order to minimise externally imposed variability as well as to correlate intervertebral motion with trunk motion. This should be done in both the recumbent passive and weight bearing active patient configurations. The main recommended outputs from QF were the true ranges of intervertebral rotation and translation, neutral zone laxity and the consistency of shape of the motion patterns. The main clinical research priority should initially be to investigate the possibility of mechanical subgroups of patients with chronic, nonspecific low back pain by comparing their intervertebral motion patterns with those of matched healthy controls.

  19. Women do not fare worse than men after lumbar fusion surgery: Two-year follow-up results from 4,780 prospectively collected patients in the Swedish National Spine Register with lumbar degenerative disc disease and chronic low back pain.

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    Triebel, Jan; Snellman, Greta; Sandén, Bengt; Strömqvist, Fredrik; Robinson, Yohan

    2017-05-01

    Proper patient selection is of utmost importance in the surgical treatment of degenerative disc disease (DDD) with chronic low back pain (CLBP). Among other factors, gender was previously found to influence lumbar fusion surgery outcome. This study investigates whether gender affects clinical outcome after lumbar fusion. This is a national registry cohort study. Between 2001 and 2011, 2,251 men and 2,521 women were followed prospectively within the Swedish National Spine Register (SWESPINE) after lumbar fusion surgery for DDD and CLBP. Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs), visual analog scale (VAS) for leg and back pain, Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), quality of life (QoL) parameter EQ5D, and labor status and pain medication were collected preoperatively, 1 and 2 years after surgery. Gender differences of baseline data and PROM improvement from baseline were analyzed. The effect of gender on clinically important improvement of PROM was determined in a multivariate logistic regression model. Furthermore, gender-related differences in return-to-work were investigated. Preoperatively, women had worse leg pain (pback pain (p=.002), lower QoL (ppain, function, and QoL (all ppain (odds ratio [OR]=1.39, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.19-1.61, pback pain (OR=1.20,95% CI:1.03-1.40, p=.02) as well as ODI (OR=1.24, 95% CI:1.05-1.47, p=.01), but improved at a slower pace in leg pain (pback pain (p=.009), and disability (p=.008). No gender differences were found in QoL and return to work at 2 years postoperatively. Swedish women do not have worse results than men after spinal fusion surgery. Female patients present with worse pain and function preoperatively, but improve more than men do after surgery. Copyright © 2016 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. [Nursing Care of Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery Using a Semi-Rigid Device (ISOBAR)].

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    Wu, Meng-Shan; Su, Shu-Fen

    2016-04-01

    Aging frequently induces degenerative changes in the spine. Patients who suffer from lumbar degenerative disease tend to have lower back pain, neurological claudication, and neuropathy. Furthermore, incontinence may be an increasing issue as symptoms become severe. Lumbar spine fusion surgery is necessary if clinical symptoms continue to worsen or if the patient fails to respond to medication, physical therapy, or alternative treatments. However, this surgical procedure frequently induces adjacent segment disease (ASD), which is evidenced by the appearance of pathological changes in the upper and lower sections of the spinal surgical sites. In 1997, ISOBAR TTL dynamic rod stabilization was developed for application in spinal fusion surgery to prevent ASD-related complications. The device has proven effective in reducing pain in the lower back and legs, decreasing functional disability, improving quality of life, and retarding disc degeneration. However, the effectiveness of this intervention in decreasing the incidence of ASD requires further research investigation, and relevant literature and research in Taiwan is still lacking. This article discusses lumbar degenerative disease, its indications, the contraindications of lumbar spine fusion surgery using ISOBAR, and related postoperative nursing care. We hope this article provides proper and new knowledge to clinical nurses for the care of patients undergoing lumbar spine fusion surgery with ISOBAR.

  1. Complications in lumbar spine surgery: A retrospective analysis

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    Luca Proietti

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Surgical treatment of adult lumbar spinal disorders is associated with a substantial risk of intraoperative and perioperative complications. There is no clearly defined medical literature on complication in lumbar spine surgery. Purpose of the study is to retrospectively evaluate intraoperative and perioperative complications who underwent various lumbar surgical procedures and to study the possible predisposing role of advanced age in increasing this rate. Materials and Methods: From 2007 to 2011 the number and type of complications were recorded and both univariate, (considering the patients′ age and a multivariate statistical analysis was conducted in order to establish a possible predisposing role. 133 were lumbar disc hernia treated with microdiscetomy, 88 were lumbar stenosis, treated in 36 cases with only decompression, 52 with decompression and instrumentation with a maximum of 2 levels. 26 patients showed a lumbar fracture treated with percutaneous or open screw fixation. 12 showed a scoliotic or kyphotic deformity treated with decompression, fusion and osteotomies with a maximum of 7.3 levels of fusion (range 5-14. 70 were spondylolisthesis treated with 1 or more level of fusion. In 34 cases a fusion till S1 was performed. Results: Of the 338 patients who underwent surgery, 55 showed one or more complications. Type of surgical treatment ( P = 0.004, open surgical approach (open P = 0.001 and operative time ( P = 0.001 increased the relative risk (RR of complication occurrence of 2.3, 3.8 and 5.1 respectively. Major complications are more often seen in complex surgical treatment for severe deformities, in revision surgery and in anterior approaches with an occurrence of 58.3%. Age greater than 65 years, despite an increased RR of perioperative complications (1.5, does not represent a predisposing risk factor to complications ( P = 0.006. Conclusion: Surgical decision-making and exclusion of patients is not justified only

  2. Microendoscopic discectomy for treatment of lumbar disc herniation

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    ARJUN Sinkemani; WU Xiao-tao

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    A lumbar microendoscopic discectomy ( MED ) is a minimally invasive surgical technique performed through a tubular device which is designed for the pain relieve caused by herniated discs pressing the nerve roots . In 1997, a new minimally invasive surgical approach for the management of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation , MED was introduced .This technique uses a tubular retractor system and a microendoscope for visualization rather than the operating microscope .However , recent literature suggests that MED is an effective microendoscopic system which has a fine long-term outcome in treating lumbar disc herniation .This article describes the operative tech-niques and outcomes reported in the literature for MED .

  3. The effect of breast shielding during lumbar spine radiography:

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    Background The aim of the study was to determine the influence of lead shielding on the dose to female breasts in conventional x-ray lumbar spine imaging. The correlation between the body mass index and the dose received by the breast was also investigated. Materials and methods Breast surface dose was measured by thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD). In the first phase measurements of breast dose with and without shielding from lumbar spine imaging in two projections were conducted on an anthr...

  4. Effect of Load Carriage on Lumbar Spine Kinematics

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    LCS) confi gurations. 7 In gen- eral, the LCS backpack confi guration is preferred among the military because of the proximity of the load to the...population has been associated with lower back pain. 10 – 12 The kinematic behavior of the lumbar spine while carrying load using a backpack confi...posterior load over the base of support. Key words: low back pain , backpack , military , load carriage , MRI , upright MRI , lumbar spine

  5. Minimal Invasive Percutaneous Fixation of Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Fractures

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    Federico De Iure

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We studied 122 patients with 163 fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine undergoing the surgical treatment by percutaneous transpedicular fixation and stabilization with minimally invasive technique. Patient followup ranged from 6 to 72 months (mean 38 months, and the patients were assessed by clinical and radiographic evaluation. The results show that percutaneous transpedicular fixation and stabilization with minimally invasive technique is an adequate and satisfactory procedure to be used in specific type of the thoracolumbar and lumbar spine fractures.

  6. Shock absorption in lumbar disc prosthesis: a preliminary mechanical study.

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    LeHuec, J C; Kiaer, T; Friesem, T; Mathews, H; Liu, M; Eisermann, L

    2003-08-01

    Lumbar disc prostheses have been used in treating symptomatic degenerative disc diseases. A few prostheses of the ball-socket design are currently available for clinical use, the joint mechanism being materialized either with a hard polymer core or a metal-to-metal couple. Other prostheses of "shock absorber" design were not available at the time of the study. The objective of this work was to establish whether there was a difference in the shock absorption capacity between a device having an ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene center core and a device having a metal-on-metal bearing. Vibration and shock loading were applied to two lumbar total disc prostheses: PRODISC, manufactured by Spine Solutions, and MAVERICK Total Disc Replacement, manufactured by Medtronic Sofamor Danek. The shock absorption capacity of the device was evaluated by comparing the input and the output force measurements. The disc prosthesis was mounted onto a test apparatus. Each side of the device was equipped with a force sensor. The input shock load and the output resulting forces were simultaneously measured and recorded. The loading force pattern included 1). a static preload of 350 N plus an oscillating vibration of 100 N with frequency sweeping from 0 to 100 Hz and 2). a sudden shock load of 250 N applied over a 0.1-second interval. Both input and output signal data were processed and were transformed into their frequency spectrums. The vibration and shock transmissibility of the device, defined as the ratio of the output spectrum over the input spectrum, were calculated in sweeping the frequency from 0 to 100 Hz. The phase deviation was calculated to characterize the shock absorber effects. For both tested devices under vibration and shock loading, the phase angle displacement between the input and the output signals was 10 degrees. Under oscillating vibration loading, both tested devices had a transmission ratio higher than 99.8%. Over the frequency interval 1-100 Hz, the

  7. Evaluation of unilateral cage-instrumented fixation for lumbar spine

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    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To investigate how unilateral cage-instrumented posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF affects the three-dimensional flexibility in degenerative disc disease by comparing the biomechanical characteristics of unilateral and bilateral cage-instrumented PLIF. Methods Twelve motion segments in sheep lumbar spine specimens were tested for flexion, extension, axial rotation, and lateral bending by nondestructive flexibility test method using a nonconstrained testing apparatus. The specimens were divided into two equal groups. Group 1 received unilateral procedures while group 2 received bilateral procedures. Laminectomy, facectomy, discectomy, cage insertion and transpedicle screw insertion were performed sequentially after testing the intact status. Changes in range of motion (ROM and neutral zone (NZ were compared between unilateral and bilateral cage-instrumented PLIF. Results Both ROM and NZ, unilateral cage-instrumented PLIF and bilateral cage-instrumented PLIF, transpedicle screw insertion procedure did not revealed a significant difference between flexion-extension, lateral bending and axial rotation direction except the ROM in the axial rotation. The bilateral group's ROM (-1.7 ± 0. 8 of axial rotation was decreased significantly after transpedicle screw insertion procedure in comparison with the unilateral group (-0.2 ± 0.1. In the unilateral cage-instrumented PLIF group, the transpedicle screw insertion procedure did not demonstrate a significant difference between right and left side in the lateral bending and axial rotation direction. Conclusions Based on the results of this study, unilateral cage-instrumented PLIF and bilateral cage-instrumented PLIF have similar stability after transpedicle screw fixation in the sheep spine model. The unilateral approach can substantially reduce exposure requirements. It also offers the biomechanics advantage of construction using anterior column support combined with pedicle

  8. MR imaging of epidural hematoma in the lumbar spine

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    Dorsay, Theodore A.; Helms, Clyde A. [Duke University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Erwin Road, Room 1504, Durham, NC 27710 (United States)

    2002-12-01

    To bring attention to the MR imaging appearance of epidural hematoma (EDH) in the lumbar spine as a small mass often associated with disk herniation or an acute event. This paper will show our experience with this entity and describe criteria for its MR imaging appearance. Design and patients. Thirteen cases of prospectively diagnosed EDH of the lumbar spine were compared with 12 cases of prospectively diagnosed prominent epidural extrusion. Our criteria were retrospectively evaluated by the two authors for their presence or absence in each case. The chi-square test for nominal data was applied. MR imaging criteria utilized to distinguish EDH from disk herniation at our institution include: (1) signal different from disk, (2) high signal on T1-weighted images, either centrally or peripherally, (3) teardrop- or egg-shaped mass, in the sagittal plane, (4) size greater than half the vertebral body height in a craniocaudal dimension, (5) primarily retrosomatic epidural location, (6) plasticity - the mass is seen to conform closely to the contours of bone (e.g., in the lateral recess), (7) little or no disk space narrowing unless associated with disc herniation. Chi-square analysis demonstrated each criterion to significantly differentiate between EDH and extrusion. Only six of 13 EDH cases went to surgery in spite of their relatively large size. Two of six patients were diagnosed as having epidural clot consistent with hematoma at the time of surgery. The four patients who were not diagnosed at surgery revealed only small disk herniations or fragments of disk. The occurrence of EDH is more frequent than previously suspected. Spontaneous EDH is frequently associated with disk herniation and acute events such as sneezing or coughing. Most cases of spontaneous EDH will resolve prior to surgery with only the minority becoming chronic in order to be seen at surgery as an encapsulated mass. MR imaging can reliably identify EDH and distinguish between EDH and large disk

  9. Arterio-venous fistula following a lumbar disc surgery

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    Thanyani V Mulaudzi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Vascular complications during posterior lumbar disc surgery are rare and its presentation with varicose veins is even rarer. A 23 year-old male patient presented with large varicose veins in right lower limb. He underwent a posterior lumbar spine discectomy surgery. He noticed mild swelling of the distal third right lower limb 3 months after index surgery and reported 6 months later when he developed varicose veins. Duplex Doppler confirmed varicose veins of the long saphenous vein and its tributaries with a patent deep venous system. A digital subtraction angiogram demonstrated a large right common iliac artery (CIA false aneurysm with an arteriovenous fistula between right common iliac vessels. He had a right CIA covered stent insertion with good results. Varicose veins were later managed with sapheno-femoral junction ligation and a below knee long saphenous vein stripping. At six month follow-up the lower limb swelling had completely recovered and duplex ultrasound did not show any recurrence of varicose veins.

  10. Transradicular lumbar disc herniation: An extreme variant of intraradicular disc herniation.

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    Kasliwal, Manish K; Shimer, Adam L

    2015-01-01

    Intradural or intraradicular lumbar disc herniation (IDH) is a relatively rare condition often diagnosed intraoperatively. We encountered an extreme variant of IDH - a transradicular herniation as the disc material extruded through the lumbar nerve root through a split essentially transecting the nerve root. While failure to recognize intradural and intraradicular disc herniation can lead to failed back surgery, the variant described in the present case could lead to iatrogenic injury and complication if not recognized. A unique case of transradicular lumbar disc herniation in a 25-year-old patient is presented with the depiction of intraoperative images supplementing the text.

  11. Computed tomography as the primary radiological examination of lumbar spine

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    Ilkko, E.; Laehde, S.

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    A series of 235 patients examined by lumbar CT because of sciatica or other low back disorder was studied. The need of additional examinations and correlations to surgical findings were evaluated. Inadequate information was the cause of additional examination, mostly myelography in 20 patients (8,5%). It was concluded that lumbar CT is a suitable first examination of the lumbar spine in sciatica and low back pain. The indications to complementary myelography and its benefit are discussed.

  12. Incidental durotomy in lumbar spine surgery - incidence, risk factors and management

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    Adam D.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Incidental durotomy is a common complication of lumbar spine operations for degenerative disorders. Its incidence varies depending on several risk factors and regarding the intra and postoperative management, there is no consensus. Our objective was to report our experience with incidental durotomy in patients who were operated on for lumbar disc herniation, lumbar spinal stenosis and revision surgeries. Between 2009 and 2012, 1259 patients were operated on for degenerative lumbar disorders. For primary operations, the surgical approach was mino-open, interlamar, uni- or bilateral, as for recurrences, the removal of the compressive element was intended: the epidural scar and the disc fragment. 863 patients (67,7% were operated on for lumbar disc herniation, 344 patients (27,3% were operated on for lumbar spinal stenosis and 52 patients (5% were operated for recurrences. The operations were performed by neurosurgeons with the same professional degree but with different operative volume. Unintentional durotomy occurred in 20 (2,3% of the patients with herniated disc, in 14 (4,07% of the patients with lumbar spinal stenosis and in 12 (23% of the patients who were operated on for recurrences. The most frequent risk factors were: obesity, revised surgery and the physician’s low operative volume. Intraoperative dural fissures were repaired through suture (8 cases, by applying muscle, fat graft or by applying curaspon, tachosil. There existed 4 CSF fistulas which were repaired at reoperation. Incidental dural fissures during operations for degenerative lumbar disorders must be recognized and immediately repaired to prevent complications such as CSF fistula, osteodiscitis and increased medical costs. Preventing, identifying and treating unintentional durotomies can be best achieved by respecting a neat surgical technique and a standardized treatment protocol.

  13. Impact of lumbar spine posture on thoracic spine motion and muscle activation patterns.

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    Nairn, Brian C; Drake, Janessa D M

    2014-10-01

    Complex motion during standing is typical in daily living and requires movement of both the thoracic and lumbar spine; however, the effects of lumbar spine posture on thoracic spine motion patterns remain unclear. Thirteen males moved to six positions involving different lumbar (neutral and flexed) and thoracic (flexed and twisted) posture combinations. The thoracic spine was partitioned into three segments and the range of motion from each posture was calculated. Electromyographical data were collected from eight muscles bilaterally. Results showed that with a flexed lumbar spine, the lower-thoracic region had 14.83 ° and 15.6 1 ° more flexion than the upper- and mid-thoracic regions, respectively. A flexed lumbar spine significantly reduced the mid-thoracic axial twist angle by 5.21 ° compared to maximum twist in the mid-thoracic region. Functional differences emerged across muscles, as low back musculature was greatest in maintaining flexed lumbar postures, while thoracic erector spinae and abdominals showed bilateral differences with greater activations to the ipsilateral side. Combined postures have been previously identified as potential injury modulators and bilateral muscle patterns can have an effect on loading pathways. Overall, changes in thoracic motion were modified by lumbar spine posture, highlighting the importance of considering a multi-segmented approach when analyzing trunk motion. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Interobserver error in interpretation of the radiographs for degeneration of the lumbar spine.

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    Madan, Sanjeev S; Rai, Am; Harley, John M

    2003-01-01

    We examined 114 segments in 23 patients' lumbar spine plain radiographs affected by disc degeneration. Two consultant orthopaedic surgeons, two consultant radiologists, and one spine nurse practitioner made independent observations on the radiographs. MRI scan films of the corresponding 114 segments were used as a gold standard. Kappa coefficients were used to evaluate the interobserver error, and the error between the independent observers and the MRI scanning reports. The systematic differences between the observers for the diagnosis of the disc degeneration at each segment level was recorded. There was significant interobserver error between the independent observers. The pairwise interobserver agreement ranged from fair to substantial on the plain radiograph observations [Weighted kappa coefficient, mean: 0.517 (CI=0.388-0.646)]. The pairwise interobserver agreement between the independent observers and the MRI scan ranged from fair to moderate [Weighted kappa coefficient, mean: 0.388 (CI=0.259-0.518)]. There is significant error in interpretation of the plain radiographs for the diagnosis of lumbar disc degeneration. MRI may be more accurate in the diagnosis of lumbar disc degeneration.

  15. Iliac artery pseudoaneurysm after lumbar disc hernia operation

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    Mehmet Atay

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Lumbar disc herniation surgery is usually performed through a posterior approach. Vascular injuries can be counted among the complications. 39 years old male patient had lower extremity pain which has started after lumbar disc herniation surgery and continued for a month. Iliac arterial pseudoaneurysm has been detected in computerized tomography. It was successfully treated with vascular surgery [Cukurova Med J 2016; 41(0.100: 5-7

  16. MORPHOMETRIC STUDY OF THE AREOLAR SPACE BETWEEN THE GREAT VESSELS AND THE LUMBAR SPINE

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    Luis Marchi

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    Full Text Available Objective : This work aims to study the areolar space anterior to the lumbar spine, and also the positioning of the large vessels focusing a lateral approach. Methods :This is a morphometric study of 108 cases based on T2 weighted-MRI images in the supine position. The following measurements were performed: lumbar and segmental lordosis; anteroposterior disc diameter; space between the disc/vertebral body and the vessels; bifurcation between the abdominal aorta and the common iliac veins confluence in relation to the lumbar level. Results :The areolar space with respect to the iliac veins, and with the vena cava increased cranially (p<0.001, starting from average 0.6mm at L4-L5 and reaching 8.4mm at L2, while the abdominal aorta showed no increase or decrease pattern across the different levels (p=0.135 ranging from 1.8 to 4.6mm. The diameter of the discs increased distally (p<0.01 as well as the lordosis (p<0.001. The disc diameter was 11% larger when compared to the adjacent vertebral bodies (p<0.001 and that resulted in a smaller distance of the vessels in the disc level than in the level of the adjacent vertebral bodies (p<0.001. The aortic bifurcation was generally ahead of L4 (52% and less frequently at L3-L4 (28% and L4-L5 (18%. The confluence of the veins was usually at the L4-L5 level (38% and at L5 (37%, and less frequently at L4 (26%. Conclusions : There is an identifiable plane between the great vessels and the lumbar spine which is particularly narrow in its distal portion. It is theoretically feasible to reach this plan, handle the anterior complex disc/ALL and protect the great vessels by lateral approach, however, it is challenging.

  17. A history of lumbar disc herniation from Hippocrates to the 1990s.

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    Truumees, Eeric

    2015-06-01

    In ancient times, a supernatural understanding of the syndrome of lumbar radiculopathy often involved demonic forces vexing the individual with often crippling pain. The ancient Greeks and Egyptians began to take a more naturalistic view and, critically, suspected a relationship between lumbar spinal pathology and leg symptoms. Relatively little then changed for those with sciatica until the classic works by Cotugno and Kocher arrived in the late 18th century. Early lumbar canal explorations were performed in the late 1800s and early 1900s by MacEwen, Horsley, Krause, Taylor, Dandy, and Cushing, among others. In these cases, when compressive pathologies were found and removed, the lesions typically were (mis-)identified as enchondromas or osteochondritis dissecans. To better understand the history, learn more about the first treatments of lumbar disc herniation, and evaluate the impact of the early influences on modern spine practice, searches of PubMed and Embase were performed using the search terms discectomy, medical history, lumbar spine surgery, herniated disc, herniated nucleus pulposus, sciatica, and lumbar radiculopathy. Additional sources were identified from the reference lists of the reviewed papers. Many older and ancient sources including De Ischiade Nervosa are available in English translations and were used. When full texts were not available, English abstracts were used. The first true, intentional discectomy surgery was performed by Mixter and Barr in 1932. Early on, a transdural approach was favored. In 1938, Love described the intralaminar, extradural approach. His technique, although modified with improved lighting, magnification, and retractors, remains a staple approach to disc herniations today. Other modalities such as chymopapain have been investigated. Some remain a part of the therapeutic armamentarium, whereas others have disappeared. By the 1970s, CT scanning after myelography markedly improved the clinical evaluation of patients with

  18. Lumbar intervertebral disc abnormalities: comparison of quantitative T2 mapping with conventional MR at 3.0 T

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    Trattnig, Siegfried [Medical University of Vienna, Department of Radiology, MR Centre-Highfield MR, Vienna (Austria); Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Clinical and Experimental Traumatology, Austrian Cluster for Tissue Regeneration, Vienna (Austria); Stelzeneder, David; Goed, Sabine; Reissegger, Michael [Medical University of Vienna, Department of Radiology, MR Centre-Highfield MR, Vienna (Austria); Mamisch, Tallal C. [Inselspital Berne, Orthopedic Surgery Department, Berne (Switzerland); Paternostro-Sluga, Tatjana [Medical University of Vienna, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vienna (Austria); Weber, Michael [Medical University of Vienna, Department of Radiology, Vienna (Austria); Szomolanyi, Pavol [Medical University of Vienna, Department of Radiology, MR Centre-Highfield MR, Vienna (Austria); Slovak Academy of Sciences, Department of Imaging Methods, Institute of Measurement Science, Bratislava (Slovakia); Welsch, Goetz H. [Medical University of Vienna, Department of Radiology, MR Centre-Highfield MR, Vienna (Austria); University Hospital of Erlangen, Department of Trauma Surgery, Erlangen (Germany)

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    To assess the relationship of morphologically defined lumbar disc abnormalities with quantitative T2 mapping. Fifty-three patients, mean age 39 years, with low back pain were examined by MRI at 3 T (sagittal T1-fast spin echo (FSE), three-plane T2-FSE for morphological MRI, multi-echo spin echo for T2 mapping). All discs were classified morphologically. Regions of interest (ROIs) for the annulus were drawn. The space in between was defined as the nucleus pulposus (NP). To evaluate differences between the classified groups, univariate ANOVA with post hoc Games-Howell and paired two-tailed t tests were used. In 265 discs we found 39 focal herniations, 10 annular tears, 123 bulging discs and 103 ''normal discs''. T2 values of the NP between discs with annular tear and all other groups were statistically significantly different (all p {<=} 0.01). Discs with annular tears showed markedly lower NP T2 values than discs without. The difference in NP T2 values between discs with focal herniation and normal discs (p = 0.005) was statistically significant. There was no difference in NP T2 values between bulging and herniated discs (p = 0.11) Quantitative T2 mapping of the nucleus pulposus of the intervertebral disc in the lumbar spine at 3 T reveals significant differences in discs with herniation and annular tears compared with discs without these abnormalities. (orig.)

  19. Spontaneous regression of lumbar herniated disc Case presentation

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    Chiriac A.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Intervertebral disc herniation is a common disease that usually requires surgical intervention. However, in some cases, neurological symptoms may improve with conservative treatment. In this article, we present a case with spontaneous regression of extruded lumbar herniated disc correlated with clinical improvement and documented with follow up MRI studies.

  20. Spontaneous regression of lumbar herniated disc Case presentation

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    Chiriac A.; Ion Giorgiana; Faiyad Z.; Poeata I.

    2015-01-01

    Intervertebral disc herniation is a common disease that usually requires surgical intervention. However, in some cases, neurological symptoms may improve with conservative treatment. In this article, we present a case with spontaneous regression of extruded lumbar herniated disc correlated with clinical improvement and documented with follow up MRI studies.

  1. [Clinical manifestation and surgical treatment of superior lumbar disc herniation].

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    Klishin, D N; Dreval', O N; Gorozhanin, A V

    2011-01-01

    On the basis of analysis of presentation and surgical treatment of 103 patients with lumbar disc herniation the authors performed comparative assessment of symptoms and therapeutic techniques in patients with higher and lower lumbar disc disease. Short-term and long-term results were evaluated using visual analogue scale and Oswestry disability index (ODI). Statistically significant differences in dynamics of pain and ODI were not present. In spite of differences in clinical presentation, the results of surgical treatment in both groups were similar. They depended on severity of preoperative neurological deficit regardless of level of lesion. Specific features of surgical procedure in superior lumbar disk herniation are described.

  2. Hérnia discal lombar Lumbar disc herniation

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    Luis Roberto Vialle

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A hérnia discal lombar é o diagnóstico mais comum dentre as alterações degenerativas da coluna lombar (acomete 2 a 3% da população e a principal causa de cirurgia de coluna na população adulta. O quadro clínico típico inclui lombalgia inicial, seguida de lombociatalgia e, finalmente, de dor ciática pura. A história natural da hérnia de disco é de resolução rápida dos sintomas (quatro a seis semanas. O tratamento inicial deve ser conservador, com manejo medicamentoso e fisioterápico, podendo ser acompanhado ou não por bloqueios percutâneos radiculares. O tratamento cirúrgico está indicado na falha do controle da dor, déficit motor maior que grau 3, dor radicular associada à estenose óssea foraminal ou síndrome de cauda equina, sendo esta última uma emergência médica. Uma técnica cirúrgica refinada, com remoção do fragmento extruso, e preservação do ligamento amarelo, resolve a sintomatologia da ciática e reduz a possibilidade de recidiva em longo prazo.Lumbar disc herniation is the most common diagnosis amongst the degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine (affecting around 2 to 3% of the population, and is the principal cause of spine surgery in the adult population. The typical clinical picture includes initial lumbalgia, followed by progressive sciatica. The natural history of disc herniation is one of rapid resolution of the symptoms (from 4-6 weeks. Early treatment should be conservative, with pain management and physiotherapy, sometimes associated with selective nerve root block. Surgery should be considered if pain management is unsuccessful, if there is a motor deficit (strength grade 3 or less, where there is radicular pain associated with foraminal stenosis, or in the presence of cauda equina syndrome, the latter representing a medical emergency. A refined surgical technique, with removal of the extruded fragment and preservation of the ligamentum flavum, resolves the sciatic symptoms and reduces

  3. Influence of Physiological Loading on the Lumbar Spine of National Level Athletes in Different Sports

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    Rozan Mansoorehossadat

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available The lumbar spine is subjected to considerable stress during many athletic efforts. The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of physiological loading on the lumbar spine in national male players of different games, which may be predictive of the future development of low back pain and injury symptoms. Thirty-four national players (12 cricket players, 12 field hockey players, and 10 basketball players underwent magnetic resonance imaging, and selected geometric variables including intervertebral disc angles, the Farfan ratio, the lumbar body index, the compression deformity ratio, the biconcave deformity ratio and the anterior wedge deformity ratio were measured using KINOVEA-0.8.15 software and syngo fast view software and calculated using specific formulas. The results indicated a significant difference in the intervertebral disc angle between the three groups at the L2/3, L3/4 and L4/5 levels. In relation to the lumbar vertebral body shape and size, significant differences were found in the lumbar index at the L2 level, in the biconcave deformity at the L1 and L2 levels and in relation to the anterior wedge deformity at L2 between the three selected groups. Our data suggest that the different physiological loadings in the selected sports play an important role in the development of degenerative changes of the lumbar spine, which may be considered a risk factor for future injury and/or low back pain in each specific sport because of the unique demands of each discipline.

  4. Characteristics and Neurological Manifestations of Patients with Operated Lumbar Disc Herniation

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    Amir Mohammad Bazzazi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and aim: Lumbar disk herniation is one of the most common causes of surgery in the spine with a variety of signs and symptoms. Sensory and motor deficits, as well as reflex and autonomic abnormalities may be seen. This study aimed to investigate characteristics and neurological manifestations in a series of operated cases with lumbar disc herniation. Methods: In a retrospective setting, profiles of 163 operated cases with lumbar disc herniation were reviewed. Demographics as well as preoperational sign and symptoms were extracted and evaluated. Results: There were 86 females and 77 males with a mean age of 44.85±0.91 (range: 23-78 years in the studied population. The most common involved levels were L4-L5 and L5-S1, respectively. Low back pain, radicular pain, and positive Lasegue test were documented in 98.2%, 96.9% and 77.3% of the patients, respectively. Sensory, motor and reflexive abnormalities were documented in 66.3%, 51.5% and 19.6% of the cases, respectively. Sphincter and sexual dysfunction was presented in 4.9% and 1.2%, respectively. Conclusion: Clinical and neurological signs of operated patients with lumbar disc herniation in the studied center are not far different from available reports in this regard. Keywords: Lumbar disk herniation; Signs and symptoms; Surgery

  5. CT and MRI Determination of Intermuscular Space within Lumbar Paraspinal Muscles at Different Intervertebral Disc Levels

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    Wang, Shidong; Zhang, Yu; Han, Hui; Zheng, Dengquan; Ding, Zihai; Wong, Kelvin K. L.

    2015-01-01

    Background Recognition of the intermuscular spaces within lumbar paraspinal muscles is critically important for using the paramedian muscle-splitting approach to the lumbar spine. As such, it is important to determine the intermuscular spaces within the lumbar paraspinal muscles by utilizing modern medical imaging such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Methods A total of 30 adult cadavers were studied by sectional anatomic dissection, and 60 patients were examined using CT (16 slices, 3-mm thickness, 3-mm intersection gap, n = 30) and MRI (3.0T, T2-WI, 5-mm thickness, 1-mm intersection gap, n = 30). The distances between the midline and the superficial points of the intermuscular spaces at different intervertebral disc levels were measured. Results Based on study of our cadavers, the mean distances from the midline to the intermuscular space between multifidus and longissimus, from intervertebral disc levels L1–L2 to L5–S1, were 0.9, 1.1, 1.7, 3.0, and 3.5 cm, respectively. Compared with the upper levels (L1–L3), the superficial location at the lower level (L4–S1) is more laterally to the midline (Pquadratus lumborum, and that between longissimus and iliocostalis did not exist at L4–S1. The intermuscular spaces in patients also varied at different levels of the lumbar spine showing a low discontinuous density in CT and a high signal in MRI. There were no significant differences between the observations in cadavers and those made using CT and MRI. Conclusion The intermuscular spaces within the paraspinal muscles vary at different intervertebral disc levels. Preoperative CT and MRI can facilitate selection of the muscle-splitting approach to the lumbar spine. This paper demonstrates the efficacy of medical imaging techniques in surgical planning. PMID:26458269

  6. CT and MRI Determination of Intermuscular Space within Lumbar Paraspinal Muscles at Different Intervertebral Disc Levels.

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    Xuefei Deng

    Full Text Available Recognition of the intermuscular spaces within lumbar paraspinal muscles is critically important for using the paramedian muscle-splitting approach to the lumbar spine. As such, it is important to determine the intermuscular spaces within the lumbar paraspinal muscles by utilizing modern medical imaging such as computed tomography (CT and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI.A total of 30 adult cadavers were studied by sectional anatomic dissection, and 60 patients were examined using CT (16 slices, 3-mm thickness, 3-mm intersection gap, n = 30 and MRI (3.0T, T2-WI, 5-mm thickness, 1-mm intersection gap, n = 30. The distances between the midline and the superficial points of the intermuscular spaces at different intervertebral disc levels were measured.Based on study of our cadavers, the mean distances from the midline to the intermuscular space between multifidus and longissimus, from intervertebral disc levels L1-L2 to L5-S1, were 0.9, 1.1, 1.7, 3.0, and 3.5 cm, respectively. Compared with the upper levels (L1-L3, the superficial location at the lower level (L4-S1 is more laterally to the midline (P<0.05. The intermuscular space between sacrospinalis and quadratus lumborum, and that between longissimus and iliocostalis did not exist at L4-S1. The intermuscular spaces in patients also varied at different levels of the lumbar spine showing a low discontinuous density in CT and a high signal in MRI. There were no significant differences between the observations in cadavers and those made using CT and MRI.The intermuscular spaces within the paraspinal muscles vary at different intervertebral disc levels. Preoperative CT and MRI can facilitate selection of the muscle-splitting approach to the lumbar spine. This paper demonstrates the efficacy of medical imaging techniques in surgical planning.

  7. Posterior Isobar non-fusion internal fixation system in repair of lumbar disc herniation:more advantages in restoring range of motion of lumbar spine%后路Isobar非融合内固定系统修复腰椎间盘突出症:恢复腰椎活动度更具优势

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    刘彦斌; 付强

    2015-01-01

    method in treatment of lumbar disc herniation. METHODS:From September 2011 to September 2012, 40 patients with lumbar disc herniation who were treated in the Department of Orthopedic, Changhai Hospital, the Second Military Medial University of Chinese PLA were enrol ed in this study. They were equal y assigned to the Isobar non-fusion internal fixation system group (Isobar group) and the traditional intervertebral fusion nail rod system internal fixation group (rigid internal fixation group) and subjected to corresponding treatments. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:Surgery was successful y completed in patients of the two groups. These patients received at least 2 years of fol ow-up, no drop out. Compared with pre-fixation, low back pain Visual Analog Scale and Oswestry Disability Index were improved significantly after fixation in both groups. Compared with the rigid internal fixation group, range of motion of lumbar spine was larger in the Isobar group. Low back pain Visual Analog Scale and Oswestry Disability Index were similar between the two groups. These results indicated that posterior Isolbar non-fusion internal fixation obtained identical outcomes as traditional treatment, and showed more advantages in range of motion of lumbar spine.

  8. Co-occurrence of lumbar spondylolysis and lumbar disc herniation with lumbosacral nerve root anomaly

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    Tevfik Yilmaz

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Lumbosacral nerve root anomalies are the leading cause of lumbar surgery failures. Although co-occurrence of lumbar spondylolysis and disc herniation is common, it is very rare to observe that a nerve root anomaly accompanies these lesions. A 49-year-old male patient presented with sudden-onset right leg pain. Examinations revealed L5/S1 lumbar spondylolysis and disc herniation. At preoperative period, he was also diagnosed with lumbosacral root anomaly. Following discectomy and root decompression, stabilization was performed. The complaints of the patient diagnosed with lumbosacral root anomaly at intraoperative period were improved at postoperative period. It should be remembered that in patients with lumbar disc herniation and spondylolysis, lumbar root anomalies may coexist when clinical and neurological picture is severe. Preoperative and perioperative assessments should be made meticulously to prevent neurological injury.

  9. The Neandertal vertebral column 2: The lumbar spine.

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    Gómez-Olivencia, Asier; Arlegi, Mikel; Barash, Alon; Stock, Jay T; Been, Ella

    2017-05-01

    Here we provide the most extensive metric and morphological analysis performed to date on the Neandertal lumbar spine. Neandertal lumbar vertebrae show differences from modern humans in both the vertebral body and in the neural arch, although not all Neandertal lumbar vertebrae differ from modern humans in the same way. Differences in the vertebral foramen are restricted to the lowermost lumbar vertebrae (L4 and L5), differences in the orientation of the upper articular facets appear in the uppermost lumbar vertebrae (probably in L1 and L2-L3), and differences in the horizontal angle of the transverse process appear in L2-L4. Neandertals, when compared to modern humans, show a smaller degree of lumbar lordosis. Based on a still limited fossil sample, early hominins (australopiths and Homo erectus) had a lumbar lordosis that was similar to but below the mean of modern humans. Here, we hypothesize that from this ancestral degree of lumbar lordosis, the Neandertal lineage decreased their lumbar lordosis and Homo sapiens slightly increased theirs. From a postural point of view, the lower degree of lordosis is related to a more vertical position of the sacrum, which is also positioned more ventrally with respect to the dorsal end of the pelvis. This results in a spino-pelvic alignment that, though different from modern humans, maintained an economic postural equilibrium. Some features, such as a lower degree of lumbar lordosis, were already present in the middle Pleistocene populations ancestral to Neandertals. However, these middle Pleistocene populations do not show the full suite of Neandertal lumbar morphologies, which probably means that the characteristic features of the Neandertal lumbar spine did not arise all at once. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. [Coblation of nucleus pulposus in treatment of military men's lumbar disc protrusions].

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    Manukovskiĭ, V A; Badalov, V I; Tiulikov, K V; Korostelev, K E

    2012-06-01

    Mini-invasive surgery is used more often for the treatment of spinal disc herniations today. Coblation is one of such contemporary methods. The aim of our investigation was to evaluate results of percutaneous disc nucleoplasty using coblation. 35 patients with disc protrusions diagnosed by MRI underwent operations using this method. We used Visual Analogue Pain Scale, took into account time of painless sitting, standing and walking position, and also patients' satisfaction to assess the immediate results of treatment and short-time outcomes. It was noted the better immediate results in group of operated patients in comparison with the non-operated group. It was obvious either on the table or the day after operation. There were 84 and 93% of good results in 3 months and in 1 year after operation, respectively. Coblation is definitely modern and effective way to treat disc protrusions with different types, sizes, and may be used in lumbar spine wherever.

  11. MR myelography of the lumbar spine with a PSIF sequence: First experiences. MR-Myelographie der Lendenwirbelsaeule mit einer PSIF-Sequenz: Erste Erfahrungen

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    Schnarkowski, P.; Wallner, B.; Goldmann, A.; Friedrich, J.M. (Abt. fuer Roentgendiagnostik, Klinikum der Univ. Ulm (Germany))

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    A rapid gradient-echo acquisition (PSIF) was used to delineate the lumber spine. Because this sequence is heavily T[sub 2] weighted the cerebrospinal fluid shows a bright signal, the myelon has a poor signal. 5 healthy voluteers and 5 patients with suspected lumbar disc herniation were examined by this technique. All MR myelograms were compared with spin-echo sequences (sagittal and transversal slices). All lumbar disc herniations which were recognized by MRI were also delineated by MR myelography. (orig.).

  12. Tuina Therapy for Prolapsed Lumbar Intervertebral Disc

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    ZHANG Bi-meng; WU Huan-gan; SHEN Jian; XIAO Yuan-chun

    2004-01-01

    Recurrent low back pain and reflex sciatica of lower limbs are the two leading symptoms of prolapsed lumbar intervertebral disc, which can be confirmed in the history, symptoms, signs and imaging examination such as CT scan and MRI. It should be differentiated from those conditions characterized by lumbago and/or possible sciatica. Tuina was performed mostly on the Bladder Meridian,Gallbladder Meridian and Governor Vessel, as well as their acupoints such as Jiaji (Ex-B 2) points,Shenshu (BL 23), Dachangshu (BL 25), Yaoyangguan (GV 3), Huantiao (GB 30), Weizhong (BL 40),Chengshan (BL 57), Yanglingquan (GB 34) and Ashi points. Thumb-massaging manipulation, rolling manipulation, pulling manipulation, pressing manipulation, kneading manipulation and grasping manipulation are often performed.%反复下腰痛和下肢反射性坐骨神经痛是腰椎间盘突出症的两大症状.根据病史、症状、体征以及影像学(包括CT、MRI等)结果,可以确诊.需与以腰痛为主要表现的疾病,以腰痛伴坐骨神经痛为主要表现的疾病和以坐骨神经痛为主要表现的疾病相鉴别.推拿保守治疗多以足太阳膀胱经、足少阳胆经及督脉为主,取相应的夹脊穴、肾俞、大肠俞、腰阳关、环跳、委中、承山、阳陵泉及阿是穴等以一指禅推法、滚法、扳法、按法、揉法和拿法等进行治疗.

  13. Neutral lumbar spine sitting posture in pain-free subjects

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    O'Sullivan, Kieran; O'Dea, Patrick; Dankaerts, Wim; O'Sullivan, Peter; Clifford, Amanda; O'Sullivan, Leonard

    2010-01-01

    Sitting is a common aggravating factor in low back pain (LBP), and re-education of sitting posture is a common aspect of LBP management. However, there is debate regarding what is an optimal sitting posture. This pilot study had 2 aims; to investigate whether pain-free subjects can be reliably positioned in a neutral sitting posture (slight lumbar lordosis and relaxed thorax); and to compare perceptions of neutral sitting posture to habitual sitting posture (HSP). The lower lumbar spine HSP o...

  14. Genetic association studies in lumbar disc degeneration: a systematic review.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Low back pain is associated with lumbar disc degeneration, which is mainly due to genetic predisposition. The objective of this study was to perform a systematic review to evaluate genetic association studies in lumbar disc degeneration as defined on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI in humans. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted in MEDLINE, MEDLINE In-Process, SCOPUS, ISI Web of Science, The Genetic Association Database and The Human Genome Epidemiology Network for information published between 1990-2011 addressing genes and lumbar disc degeneration. Two investigators independently identified studies to determine inclusion, after which they performed data extraction and analysis. The level of cumulative genetic association evidence was analyzed according to The HuGENet Working Group guidelines. RESULTS: Fifty-two studies were included for review. Forty-eight studies reported at least one positive association between a genetic marker and lumbar disc degeneration. The phenotype definition of lumbar disc degeneration was highly variable between the studies and replications were inconsistent. Most of the associations presented with a weak level of evidence. The level of evidence was moderate for ASPN (D-repeat, COL11A1 (rs1676486, GDF5 (rs143383, SKT (rs16924573, THBS2 (rs9406328 and MMP9 (rs17576. CONCLUSIONS: Based on this first extensive systematic review on the topic, the credibility of reported genetic associations is mostly weak. Clear definition of lumbar disc degeneration phenotypes and large population-based cohorts are needed. An international consortium is needed to standardize genetic association studies in relation to disc degeneration.

  15. Induction of early degeneration of the adjacent segment after posterior lumbar interbody fusion by excessive distraction of lumbar disc space.

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    Kaito, Takashi; Hosono, Noboru; Mukai, Yoshihiro; Makino, Takahiro; Fuji, Takeshi; Yonenobu, Kazuo

    2010-06-01

    Spinal fusion at the L4-5 disc space alters the normal biomechanics of the spine, and the loss of motion at the fused level is compensated by increased motion and load at the other unfused segments. This may lead to deterioration of the adjacent segments of the lumbar spine, called adjacent-segment disease (ASD). In this study, the authors investigate the distracted disc height of the fused segment, caused by cage or bone insertion during surgery, as a novel risk factor for ASD after posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF). Radiographic L3-4 ASD is defined by development of spondylolisthesis greater than 3 mm, a decrease in disc height of more than 3 mm, or intervertebral angle at flexion smaller than -5 degrees . Symptomatic ASD is defined by a decrease of 4 points or more on the Japanese Orthopaedic Association scale. Eighty-five patients with L-4 spondylolisthesis treated by L4-5 PLIF underwent follow-up for more than 2 years (mean 38.8 +/- 17.1 months). The patients were divided into 3 groups according to the final outcome. Group A comprised those patients without ASD (58), Group B patients had radiographic ASD (14), and Group C patients had symptomatic ASD (13). The L4-5 disc space distraction by cage insertion was 3.1 mm in the group without ASD, 4.4 mm in the group with radiographic ASD, and 6.2 mm in the group with symptomatic ASD, as measured using lateral spinal radiographs just after surgery. Multivariate analysis showed that distraction was the most significant risk factor. The excessive distraction of the L4-5 disc space during PLIF surgery is a significant and potentially avoidable risk factor for the development of radiographic, symptomatic ASD.

  16. MR imaging of degenerative lumbar disc disease emphasizing on signal intensity changes in vertebral body

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    Toyoda, Keiko; Ida, Masahiro; Murakami, Yoshitaka; Harada, Junta; Tada, Shimpei (Jikei Univ., Tokyo (Japan). School of Medicine)

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    Magnetic resonance imaging was performed in 400 patients with degenerative disc disease. Signal changes and their sites in the vertebral body were classified and referred to narrowing of the intervertebral disc space. MR findings were compared with those of plain roentgenograms of the lumbar spine. Signal changes in the vertebral body were noted in 83 cases (102 vertebral bodies). Low-intensity abnormality on both T1- and T2-weighted images (WI) was the most common finding, and was most frequently seen at the end plate and/or the angle. These changes were correlated with narrowing of the disc space and osteosclerosis on the plain roentgenogram of the lumbar spine. Signal changes occasionally occurred in the inner region of the vertebral body, and these lesions tended to show a high-intensity abnormality on T1-WI. We conclude that signal changes in degenerative disc disease are not specific, but are sometimes difficult to distinguish from the signal changes in other conditions such as spinal tumor or bone marrow disorder. (author).

  17. Lack of association between lumbar disc degeneration and osteophyte formation in elderly japanese women with back pain.

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    Oishi, Y; Shimizu, K; Katoh, T; Nakao, H; Yamaura, M; Furuko, T; Narusawa, K; Nakamura, T

    2003-04-01

    Our study was designed to assess the contributions of the physical and constitutional factors to osteophyte formation, disc degeneration, and bone mineral density (BMD) in lumbar vertebrae of elderly postmenopausal women. A total of 126 Japanese women with back pain, aged over 60 years, were invited to participate in the study. Then 80 subjects with a full set of data for physical examinations, radiographs, MRI, and DXA were examined. TaqI polymorphism of vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene was examined in 60 subjects. Prevalence rates of osteophytes (on radiographs) and disc degeneration (on MRI) were 61 and 68%, respectively. Body weight and BMI correlated significantly with anteroposterior (AP) and lateral (LAT) BMD (r = 0.354 for weight, r = 0.347 for BMI) and mean osteophyte area (r = 0.557 for weight, r = 0.486 for BMI), and body weight also correlated with number of discs with osteophytes. However, these did not correlate with the disc area or the number of degenerated discs. Stepwise regression analysis revealed that body weight and LAT-BMD values independently related to the osteophyte area. Disc area (r = 0.386 for AP view) and osteophyte area (r = 0.384 for AP view) significantly correlated with BMD. However, disc area and osteophyte area did not correlate with each other (r = 0.056). The proportion of degenerated discs was higher in the lower lumbar discs, but not the proportion of discs with osteophytes. Frequencies of T and t alleles of VDR did not correlate with disc degeneration, osteophyte formation, or osteoporosis. Our data showed that increases in osteophyte formation and BMD in the lumbar vertebrae are influenced by body weight and BMI, but did not correlate with disc area, which correlated inversely with BMD. Disc degeneration and osteophyte formation seem to represent two different factors that affect lumbar spine in elderly women.

  18. Pelvic parameters of sagittal balance in extreme lateral interbody fusion for degenerative lumbar disc disease.

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    Johnson, R D; Valore, A; Villaminar, A; Comisso, M; Balsano, M

    2013-04-01

    There is increasing interest in the use of pelvic indices to evaluate sagittal balance and predict outcomes in patients with spinal disease. Conventional posterior lumbar fusion techniques may adversely affect lumbar lordosis and spinal balance. Minimally invasive fusion of the lumbar spine is rapidly becoming a mainstay of treatment of lumbar degenerative disc disease. To our knowledge there are no studies evaluating the effect of extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) on pelvic indices. Hence, our aim was to study the effect of XLIF on pelvic indices related to sagittal balance, and report the results of a prospective longitudinal clinical study and retrospective radiographic analyses of patients undergoing XLIF in a single centre between January 2009 and July 2011. Clinical outcomes are reported for 30 patients and the retrospective analyses of radiographic data is reported for 22 of these patients to assess global and segmental lumbar lordosis and pelvic indices. Effect of XLIF on the correction of scoliotic deformity was assessed in 15 patients in this series. A significant improvement was seen in the visual analogue scale score, the Oswestry Disability Index and the Short Form-36 at 2months and 6months (p0.2). Global lumbar lordosis was not affected by XLIF (p>0.4). XLIF significantly increased segmental lumbar lordosis by 3.3° (psagittal balance. Long-term follow-up with a larger cohort will be required to further evaluate the effects of XLIF on sagittal balance.

  19. Controversies about interspinous process devices in the treatment of degenerative lumbar spine diseases: past, present, and future.

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    Gazzeri, Roberto; Galarza, Marcelo; Alfieri, Alex

    2014-01-01

    A large number of interspinous process devices (IPD) have been recently introduced to the lumbar spine market as an alternative to conventional decompressive surgery in managing symptomatic lumbar spinal pathology, especially in the older population. Despite the fact that they are composed of a wide range of different materials including titanium, polyetheretherketone, and elastomeric compounds, the aim of these devices is to unload spine, restoring foraminal height, and stabilize the spine by distracting the spinous processes. Although the initial reports represented the IPD as a safe, effective, and minimally invasive surgical alternative for relief of neurological symptoms in patients with low back degenerative diseases, recent studies have demonstrated less impressive clinical results and higher rate of failure than initially reported. The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive overview on interspinous implants, their mechanisms of action, safety, cost, and effectiveness in the treatment of lumbar stenosis and degenerative disc diseases.

  20. Controversies about Interspinous Process Devices in the Treatment of Degenerative Lumbar Spine Diseases: Past, Present, and Future

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    Roberto Gazzeri

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A large number of interspinous process devices (IPD have been recently introduced to the lumbar spine market as an alternative to conventional decompressive surgery in managing symptomatic lumbar spinal pathology, especially in the older population. Despite the fact that they are composed of a wide range of different materials including titanium, polyetheretherketone, and elastomeric compounds, the aim of these devices is to unload spine, restoring foraminal height, and stabilize the spine by distracting the spinous processes. Although the initial reports represented the IPD as a safe, effective, and minimally invasive surgical alternative for relief of neurological symptoms in patients with low back degenerative diseases, recent studies have demonstrated less impressive clinical results and higher rate of failure than initially reported. The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive overview on interspinous implants, their mechanisms of action, safety, cost, and effectiveness in the treatment of lumbar stenosis and degenerative disc diseases.

  1. Biomechanical analysis of press-extension technique on degenerative lumbar with disc herniation and staggered facet joint.

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    Du, Hong-Gen; Liao, Sheng-Hui; Jiang, Zhong; Huang, Huan-Ming; Ning, Xi-Tao; Jiang, Neng-Yi; Pei, Jian-Wei; Huang, Qin; Wei, Hui

    2016-05-01

    This study investigates the effect of a new Chinese massage technique named "press-extension" on degenerative lumbar with disc herniation and facet joint dislocation, and provides a biomechanical explanation of this massage technique. Self-developed biomechanical software was used to establish a normal L1-S1 lumbar 3D FE model, which integrated the spine CT and MRI data-based anatomical structure. Then graphic technique is utilized to build a degenerative lumbar FE model with disc herniation and facet joint dislocation. According to the actual press-extension experiments, mechanic parameters are collected to set boundary condition for FE analysis. The result demonstrated that press-extension techniques bring the annuli fibrosi obvious induction effect, making the central nucleus pulposus forward close, increasing the pressure in front part. Study concludes that finite element modelling for lumbar spine is suitable for the analysis of press-extension technique impact on lumbar intervertebral disc biomechanics, to provide the basis for the disease mechanism of intervertebral disc herniation using press-extension technique.

  2. Epidural steroid injection for lumbar disc herniation in NFL athletes.

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    Krych, Aaron J; Richman, Daniel; Drakos, Mark; Weiss, Leigh; Barnes, Ronnie; Cammisa, Frank; Warren, Russell F

    2012-02-01

    To our knowledge, there is no published information on the efficacy of epidural steroid injections for the treatment of lumbar disc herniation in an athletic population. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of epidural corticosteroid injection for treatment of lumbar disc herniation in a group of National Football League (NFL) players. We retrospectively reviewed the records of all NFL players who underwent an epidural steroid injection at our institution for incapacitating pain secondary to an acute lumbar disc herniation (confirmed on magnetic resonance imaging) from 2003 to 2010. Our primary outcome was success of the injection, defined as return to play. The secondary outcome of the study was to evaluate risk factors for failure of this treatment approach. Seventeen players had a total of 37 injections for 27 distinct lumbar disc herniation episodes from 2003 to 2010. The success rate of returning an athlete to play for a given episode of disc herniation was 89% (24 of 27 episodes) with an average loss of 2.8 practices (range = 0-12) and 0.6 games (range = 0-2) after the injection. Four players required a repeat injection for the same episode. Three of these four players ultimately failed conservative management and required surgical intervention. Risk factors for failing injection therapy included sequestration of the disc herniation on magnetic resonance imaging (P = 0.01) and weakness on physical examination (P = 0.002). There were no complications reported. In this highly selective group of professional athletes, our results suggest that epidural steroid injections are a safe and effective therapeutic option in the treatment of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation.

  3. MRI of degenerative lumbar spine disease: comparison of non-accelerated and parallel imaging

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    Noelte, Ingo; Gerigk, Lars; Brockmann, Marc A.; Kemmling, Andre; Groden, Christoph [Medical Faculty Mannheim of the University of Heidelberg, Department of Neuroradiology, Mannheim (Germany)

    2008-05-15

    Parallel imaging techniques such as GRAPPA have been introduced to optimize image quality and acquisition time. For spinal imaging in a clinical setting no data exist on the equivalency of conventional and parallel imaging techniques. The purpose of this study was to determine whether T1- and T2-weighted GRAPPA sequences are equivalent to conventional sequences for the evaluation of degenerative lumbar spine disease in terms of image quality and artefacts. In patients with clinically suspected degenerative lumbar spine disease two neuroradiologists independently compared sagittal GRAPPA (acceleration factor 2, time reduction approximately 50%) and non-GRAPPA images (25 patients) and transverse GRAPPA (acceleration factor 2, time reduction approximately 50%) and non-GRAPPA images (23 lumbar segments in six patients). Comparative analyses included the minimal diameter of the spinal canal, disc abnormalities, foraminal stenosis, facet joint degeneration, lateral recess, nerve root compression and osteochondrotic vertebral and endplate changes. Image inhomogeneity was evaluated by comparing the nonuniformity in the two techniques. Image quality was assessed by grading the delineation of pathoanatomical structures. Motion and aliasing artefacts were classified from grade 1 (severe) to grade 5 (absent). There was no significant difference between GRAPPA and non-accelerated MRI in the evaluation of degenerative lumbar spine disease (P > 0.05), and there was no difference in the delineation of pathoanatomical structures. For inhomogeneity there was a trend in favour of the conventional sequences. No significant artefacts were observed with either technique. The GRAPPA technique can be used effectively to reduce scanning time in patients with degenerative lumbar spine disease while preserving image quality. (orig.)

  4. Diagnostic accuracy of magnetic resonance imaging of lumbar disc herniation

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    Ikeda, Takashi; Nakamura, Takafumi; Kikuchi, Taro; Watanabe, Hiroyuki; Takagi, Katsumasa; Yoshizumi, Kazuhiro; Katahira, Kazuhiro [Kumamoto Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine

    2000-03-01

    We studied the accuracy of MRI in lumbar disc herniation, comparing the results with the operative findings in the assessment of the rupture of the posterior longitudinal ligament (PLL), and type of herniation. The MRI findings in 47 subjects who were operated on for lumbar disc herniation were retrospectively studied. The accuracy rate was 75.2% for the rupture of the PLL and 40.4% for the type of herniation respectively. It was hard to differentiate subligamentous extrusion from transligamentous extrusion on MRI. (author)

  5. Thoracic spine disc-related abnormalities: longitudinal MR imaging assessment

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    Girard, Charles J.; Schweitzer, Mark E.; Morrison, William B.; Parellada, Joan A. [TJUH Radiology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States); Carrino, J.A. [Department of Radiology ASB-1, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women' s Hospital, L1, Room 002B, 75 Francis Street, MA 02115, Boston (United States)

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    To describe and characterize the temporal changes in disc-related disorders of the thoracic spine using MR imaging. A retrospective longitudinal cohort study was carried out of 40 patients with two sequential thoracic spine MR images at variable intervals. The images were assessed for baseline presence of, new incidence of and changes in disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, endplate marrow signal alteration and Schmorl nodes. The range of follow-up was 4-149 weeks. Baseline presence was: disc herniation, 10% (49/480); degenerative disc disease, 14% (66/480); endplate marrow signal alteration, 2.3% (11/480); Schmorl nodes 9.6% (46/480). Most pre-existing lesions tended to remain unchanged. Herniations showed the most change, tending to improve in 27%. New incidence was: disc herniation, 1.5% (7/480), degenerative disc disease, 2% (10/480); endplate marrow signal alteration, 1.6% (8/480); Schmorl nodes, 2.1% (10/480). Disc degeneration was first visible at an 11-week interval and once established almost never changed over many weeks to months. Endplate signal alterations (Modic changes) were uncommon. Schmorl nodes show no change from baseline for up to 2 1/2 years. All findings predominated in the lower intervertebral levels from T6 to T10. The most prevalent thoracic spine disc-related findings are degeneration and herniation. Disc herniations predominate in the lower segments and are a dynamic phenomenon. Disc degeneration can be rapidly evolving but tends to remain unchanged after occurrence. Endplate marrow signal changes were an uncommon manifestation of thoracic disc disease. Schmorl nodes showed the least change over time. (orig.)

  6. MRI of degenerative cysts of the lumbar spine

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    Khalatbari, K. [Department of MRI, Iran Gamma Knife Centre, Iran University of Medial Sciences-Kamrani Charity Foundation, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: khalatbarik@yahoo.com; Ansari, H. [Department of Orthopaedics, Rassoul Akram University Hospital, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2008-03-15

    Degenerative cysts of the lumbar spine encompass a heterogeneous group of cystic lesions that are presumed to share a common aetiology. Some of these cysts may be incidental findings, whereas others may produce acute or chronic symptoms. These cysts have been categorized using various combinations of topographic and pathological characteristics and by their attachment to or communication with a specific spinal structure.

  7. Synovial cysts of the lumbar spine: a review.

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    Radatz, M; Jakubowski, J; Cooper, J; Powell, T

    1997-12-01

    Four cases of synovial cyst (ganglion) arising from the facet joints of the lumbar spine are reported. A typical presenting feature was exacerbation of pain on standing or walking, mimicking vascular claudication. MRI proved in all four cases to be the definitive investigation and surgery the treatment of choice, producing excellent results.

  8. 49 CFR 572.43 - Lumbar spine and pelvis.

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    2010-10-01

    ... vertical plane which is tangent to the back of the dummy's buttocks. (3) Align the test probe so that at... ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (CONTINUED) ANTHROPOMORPHIC TEST DEVICES Side Impact Dummy 50th Percentile Male § 572.43 Lumbar spine and pelvis. (a) When the pelvis of a fully assembled dummy...

  9. Warrior Injury Assessment Manikin (WIAMan) Lumbar Spine Model Validation: Development, Testing, and Analysis of Physical and Computational Models of the WIAMan Lumbar Spine Materials Demonstrator

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    6400 5e. TASK NUMBER 5f. WORK UNIT NUMBER 7. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) US Army Research Laboratory ATTN: RDRL-DPW...Anthropomorphic Test Device (ATD) Lumbar Spine Materials Demonstrator. A primary objective of this work was to generate experimental data for FEM validation...Lumbar Spine Materials Demonstrator 1 1.2.1 WIAMan ATD Lumbar Spine Assembly 1 1.2.2 Materials Consideration 2 1.2.3 Test Method 3 2. Preliminary

  10. Complex multilevel lumbar spine fractures with transverse sacral fracture

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    Kshitij Chaudhary

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We report an unusual and complex case of spinal trauma in a 17-year-old boy who presented with a transverse sacral fracture associated with multiple-level lumbar fractures, paraparesis, and bladder involvement. A two-stage surgery was performed. The lumbar spine fractures were treated with posterior instrumented correction of displacements, followed by anterior instrumentation and fusion. The sacral fracture was left untreated. At 5-year followup, the patient had complete neurological recovery except for the right L5 root function. The long-segment lumbar fusion and the untreated displaced sacral fracture contributed to spinal imbalance, due to which the patient is now able to stand only in a crouched posture. Determining the optimal treatment for the case is presented due to the relative rarity of transverse sacral fracture and paucity of evidence-based treatment approaches. In patients with associated lumbar spine fractures that require extension of instrumentation to the upper lumbar spine, it is critical to restore sacropelvic alignment to achieve spinal balance. Adequate reduction of sacropelvic anatomy can be achieved with iliac screw fixation.

  11. Does the correlation between Schmorl's nodes and vertebral morphology extend into the lumbar spine?

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    Plomp, Kimberly; Roberts, Charlotte; Strand Vidarsdottir, Una

    2015-07-01

    Schmorl's nodes are depressions on vertebrae due to herniation of the nucleus pulposus of the intervertebral disc into the vertebral body. This study provides an extension of our previous study which analyzed the shape of the lower thoracic spine and found that vertebral morphology was associated with the presence of Schmorl's nodes. Ninety adult individuals from the late Medieval site of Fishergate House, York, and the Post-Medieval site of Coach Lane, North Shields, Tyne and Wear, England, were analysed using 2D geometric morphometrics to identify possible relationships between vertebral morphology and Schmorl's nodes at the thoraco-lumbar junction and in the lumbar spine. A significant correlation was found between vertebral shape and the presence of Schmorl's nodes in the twelfth thoracic vertebrae and the first to third lumbar vertebrae. The findings corroborate previous studies and suggest that vertebral shape may be an important factor in spinal health. It is hypothesized that the pedicle shape of affected vertebrae may not provide adequate structural support for the vertebral bodies, resulting in vertical disc herniation.

  12. The role of stem cell therapies in degenerative lumbar spine disease: a review.

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    Oehme, David; Goldschlager, Tony; Rosenfeld, Jeffrey V; Ghosh, Peter; Jenkin, Graham

    2015-07-01

    Degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine are extremely common. Ninety percent of people over the age of 60 years have degenerative change on imaging; however, only a small minority of people will require spine surgery (Hicks et al. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 34(12):1301-1306, 2009). This minority, however, constitutes a core element of spinal surgery practice. Whilst the patient outcomes from spinal surgeries have improved in recent years, some patients will remain with pain and disability despite technically successful surgery. Advances in regenerative medicine and stem cell therapies, particularly the use of mesenchymal stem cells and allogeneic mesenchymal precursor cells, have led to numerous clinical trials utilising these cell-based therapies to treat degenerative spinal conditions. Through cartilage formation and disc regeneration, fusion enhancement or via modification of pain pathways, stem cells are well suited to enhance spinal surgery practice. This review will focus on the outcomes of lumbar spinal procedures and the role of stem cells in the treatment of degenerative lumbar conditions to enhance clinical practice. The current status of clinical trials utilising stem cell therapies will be discussed, providing clinicians with an overview of the various cell-based treatments likely to be available to patients in the near future.

  13. Residual complaints following lumbar disc surgery: prognostic indicators of outcome

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    Ostelo, R.W.J.G.; Vlaeyen, J.W.S.; Brandt, van den P.A.; Vet, de H.C.W.

    2005-01-01

    Physical as well as psychological features might be important prognostic factors for residual complaints following lumbar disc surgery in primary care. No studies have yet investigated both factors simultaneously. The aim of this prospective cohort study was to identify indicators of the short and l

  14. Spectroscopic Parameters of Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Material

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    Terbetas, G.; Kozlovskaja, A.; Varanius, D.; Graziene, V.; Vaitkus, J.; Vaitkuviene, A.

    2009-06-01

    There are numerous methods of investigating intervertebral disc. Visualization methods are widely used in clinical practice. Histological, imunohistochemical and biochemical methods are more used in scientific research. We propose that a new spectroscopic investigation would be useful in determining intervertebral disc material, especially when no histological specimens are available. Purpose: to determine spectroscopic parameters of intervertebral disc material; to determine emission spectra common for all intervertebral discs; to create a background for further spectroscopic investigation where no histological specimen will be available. Material and Methods: 20 patients, 68 frozen sections of 20 μm thickness from operatively removed intervertebral disc hernia were excited by Nd:YAG microlaser STA-01-TH third harmonic 355 nm light throw 0, 1 mm fiber. Spectrophotometer OceanOptics USB2000 was used for spectra collection. Mathematical analysis of spectra was performed by ORIGIN multiple Gaussian peaks analysis. Results: In each specimen of disc hernia were found distinct maximal spectral peaks of 4 types supporting the histological evaluation of mixture content of the hernia. Fluorescence in the spectral regions 370-700 nm was detected in the disc hernias. The main spectral component was at 494 nm and the contribution of the components with the peak wavelength values at 388 nm, 412 nm and 435±5 nm were varying in the different groups of samples. In comparison to average spectrum of all cases, there are 4 groups of different spectral signatures in the region 400-500 nm in the patient groups, supporting a clinical data on different clinical features of the patients. Discussion and Conclusion: besides the classical open discectomy, new minimally invasive techniques of treating intervertebral disc emerge (PLDD). Intervertebral disc in these techniques is assessed by needle, no histological specimen is taken. Spectroscopic investigation via fiber optics through the

  15. Lumbar corsets can decrease lumbar motion in golf swing

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    Hashimoto, Koji; Miyamoto, Kei; Yanagawa, Takashi; Hattori, Ryo; Aoki, Takaaki; Matsuoka, Toshio; Ohno, Takatoshi; Shimizu, Katsuji

    2013-01-01

    Swinging a golf club includes the rotation and extension of the lumbar spine. Golf-related low back pain has been associated with degeneration of the lumbar facet and intervertebral discs, and with spondylolysis...

  16. Epidemiology, Treatment, and Prevention of Lumbar Spine Injuries in Major League Baseball Players.

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    Camp, Christopher L; Conti, Matthew S; Sgroi, Terrance; Cammisa, Frank P; Dines, Joshua S

    2016-01-01

    In recent years, increased attention has been paid to injuries occurring in Major League Baseball (MLB) players. Although most of the current orthopedic literature regarding baseball injuries pertains to the shoulder and elbow, lumbar spine injuries are another common reason for time out of play. Back and core injuries may represent as many as 12% of all injuries that result in time out of play from MLB. This high rate of injury is likely related to the critical role that the spine plays in every major baseball-related movement. Linking the upper extremities to the hips and lower extremities, a healthy, strong, and stable spine and core is a prerequisite for performance in all levels of baseball. It has been well documented that baseball players with poor spinal control and stabilization are at increased risk for future injury. Common etiologies of lumbar injuries include stress fractures, muscle injury, annular tears with or without disc herniation, facet joint pain, sacroiliac joint pain, and stenosis. This review discusses the epidemiology of spinal injuries in baseball. Special attention is paid to the role of the spine in baseball-related activities, common injuries, tips for making the correct diagnosis, treatment options, outcomes, rehabilitation, and injury prevention.

  17. A clinical case study of long-term injury of the thoracic and lumbar spine

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    Владимир Владимирович Зарецков

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Overestimation of the efficacy of conservative treatment of spine injuries children often leads to unsatisfactory long-term results. The effective correction of post-traumatic spinal column deformities occurs in patients who undergo the operation in the early post-traumatic period. While choosing treatment strategies for children, higher reparative opportunities, which provide early fracture consolidation, including those in faulty positions, should be considered. This study presents a case of surgical treatment for uncomplicated injury of the thoracic and lumbar spine, with long-term compression fragmental fracture of the L1 vertebra body in a 12-year-old child. Due to the long-standing character of the injury right thoraco-frenotomy was conducted with partial L1 vertebral body and resection of the adjacent discs, deformity correction of the thoracic and lumbar spine with a transpedicular system, and ventral spondylodesis with an autograft. This extensive intervention was justified by the peculiarities in the vertebral body damage and the post-traumatic segmental kyphotic deformity that resulted from delayed medical treatment. An anterior approach was chosen to achieve immobilization at the site of the damage before correction using the transpedicular system. Surgical correction of long-term spinal injuries in children, with the use of a combined approach, is usually laborious and traumatic. The prevention of rigid post-traumatic spine deformities with the help of timely diagnostics and appropriate treatment, including surgery, should be a priority to prevent such cases.

  18. Thoracal flat back is a risk factor for lumbar disc degeneration after scoliosis surgery.

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    Bernstein, Peter; Hentschel, Susanne; Platzek, Ivan; Hühne, Sebastian; Ettrich, Uwe; Hartmann, Albrecht; Seifert, Jens

    2014-06-01

    Lumbar segments below fused scoliotic spines are thought to be exposed to extraordinary stress. Although positive sagittal imbalance has come into focus, reports about factors influencing the outcome of these segments remain inconclusive. Our study aimed at identifying spinal risk factors for the development of lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD) in surgically treated patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Retrospective comparative prognostic study (Level III) was conducted. Thirty-three patients were seen at an average follow-up of 7.5 years after either isolated selective anterior (n=18) or long combined anterior-posterior fusion (n=15) for AIS. Self-reported Scoliosis Research Society 22 questionnaire, physical examination including the detection of segmental pain and unspecific back pain, preoperative and postoperative whole-spine standing radiographs, and magnetic resonance imaging were obtained. Radiographic evaluation included the measurement of regional, coronal, and sagittal curve parameters and the assessment of spinal balance. Magnetic resonance imaging evaluation was done for preoperative and postoperative lumbar discs, according to the classification of Pfirrmann. Patients with low DDD (Pfirrmann grading flat-type lumbar lordosis in patients with severe DDD. Positive sagittal imbalance was associated with advanced DDD. Follow-up coronal parameters, trunk imbalance, instrumentation length, and lowest instrumented vertebra selection had no influence on DDD. Specific segmental pain could be attributed to a significantly higher coronal trunk imbalance (21 vs. 11 mm). This study establishes thoracal flat back as a risk factor for lumbar DDD after spinal fusion and supports the pathogenetic role of positive sagittal imbalance in this process. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Association between clinically diagnosed lumbar intervertebral disc prolapse and magnetic resonance image findings

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    Md. Habibur Rahman

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available There are contradictory reports on the findings of magnetic resonance image (MRI in lumbar intervertebral disc prolapse. A study was conducted on 54 patients using 3 of 4 clinical criteria (low back pain with radiation down to the lower limbs, radicular pain along specific dermatomes, positive straight leg raising test, presence of neurological symptoms and signs e.g. motor or sensory deficit and MRI of lumbosacral spine of the respondent. Evaluation of MRI of lumbosacral spine was done based on extent of disc prolapse, disc degeneration, nerve root compression neural foramen compromise. The logistic regression analysis between the findings of MRI and the clinical features show that there was a significant association in the neural foramen or lateral recess (Odd's ratio 7.106, p<0.05, the root compression (p<0.01 as well as the disc extrusion (p<0.05. There was no statistical association between clinical levels and other MRI findings like disc protrusion and disc bulge (p value 0.21 and 0.14, respectively. The strength of agreement between clinical and MRI diagnosis level of disc prolapse was calculated using kappa statistics (k-value. The test revealed a very good agreement for L3/4 (k-value = 0.812 and good agreement for L4/5 and L5/SI  level (k-value 0.75 and 0.75 respectively between these two procedures, suggesting that level of disc prolapse could be correctly  diagnosed without MRI findings.  In conclusion, clinically diagnosed levels associate well with MRI levels, but all MRI abnormalities do not have any clinical significance. 

  20. Impact of Obesity and Underweight on Surgical Outcome of Lumbar Disc Herniation

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    Farzad Omidi-Kashani

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. The relationship between underweight and lumbar spine surgery is still unknown. Aim. To evaluate the effect of underweight versus obesity based on surgical outcome of lumbar disc herniation. Material and Method. In this retrospective study, we evaluated 206 patients (112 male and 94 female with a mean age of 37.5±3.1 years old (ranged 20–72 who have been surgically treated due to the refractory simple primary L4-L5 disc herniation. We followed them up for a mean period of 42.4±7.2 months (ranged 24–57. We used Body Mass Index (BMI, Oswestry Disability Index (ODI, and Visual Analogue Scale (VAS for categorization, disability, and pain assessment, respectively. We used Wilcoxon and Mann-Whitney U tests for statistics. Results. Surgical discectomy in all weight groups was associated with significant improvement in pain and disability, but intergroup comparison showed these improvements in both underweight and obese groups and they were significantly lower than in normal weight group. Excellent and good satisfaction rate was also somewhat lower in both these ends of weight spectrum, but statistically insignificant. Conclusion. Both obesity and underweight may have adverse prognostic influences on the surgical outcome of lumbar disc herniation, although their impact on subjective satisfaction rate seems to be insignificant.

  1. A radiological study on lumbar disc herniation in Korean

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    Seol, Hae Young; Park, In Sik; Suh, Won Hyuk; Lee, Min Jae [Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    Among the patients operated because of lumbar disc herniation from January 1973 to May 1979 at Korea University Hospital, 154 cases were analyzed radiologically and the following conclusions were obtained. 1. The ratio of male to female was 1.96 : 1. 2. The incidences of single and multiple involvement were 74.7% and 25.3%. 3. Most frequent level of lumbar disc herniation was L4-5 interspace. 4. The incidences of left, central and bilateral defects were 45.45%, 33.76%, 12.33% and 8.44% respectively. 5. The incidences of spina bifida and transitional vertebra were 24.04% and 9.09% respectively. 6. The overall mean of the lumbosacral angle was 33.97 .deg. 7. The overall mean depth of the lumbar lordosis was 8.48 mm. 8. The ratio of the height of L4-5 interspace to the shorter anteroposterior diameter of L-5 body was obtained by authors' idea. The mean ratios of male and female patients of L4-5 disc herniation which had no evidence of the narrowing of L4-5 interspace on simple radiologic finding were 0.3042 and 0.3064 respectively. So the ratio had a little value in the diagnosis of L4-5 disc herniation on simple radiologic study. 9. Myelography had high diagnostic accuracy, and the majority of the pseudonegative finding on lumbar disc herniation myelographically was seen at L4-5 disc herniation.

  2. REHABILITATION THERAPY VERSUS DRUG THERAPY IN PATIENTS WITH LUMBAR DISC DEGENERATION

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    Full Text Available Lumbar disc degeneration is a disorder whose clinical manifestations are represented by episodic pain in the lumbar spine, without lumbar blockage and minor muscle contraction. Because lumbalgia caused by lumbar disc degeneration is not always very high intensity pain, the easiest to apply treatment is drug therapy. The aim of this study was to analyze the potential role of rehabilitation treatment in the recovery of patients and the prevention of complications compared to drug therapy alone. The study included 28 patients (17 women and 11 men aged between 23-60 years, assigned to two groups: 20 patients who received rehabilitation treatment (consisting of massage, kinesiotherapy, hydrokinesiotherapy, electrotherapy and medication and 8 patients who received drug treatment consisting of anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs. The treatment duration was 10 days. For the evaluation of pain, the visual analogue scale was used, for the degree of disability, the Oswestry questionnaire, and for joint mobility and muscle strength, articular and muscular testing. At the end of treatment, the study group compared to the control group had a statistically significant result for pain (p=0.001, as well as for the Oswestry score (p=0.030. The mean age of the patients was 35.51±3.026, which shows an increased incidence among young adults. A possible connection between the development of the disease in women and age less than 45 years was also investigated, but the result was not statistically significant, p=0.22. Our data suggest the fact that rehabilitation treatment plays an important role in the reduction of pain and the improvement of the quality of life of patients with lumbar disc degeneration by decreasing the degree of disability. In the future, it can be proposed to monitor patients with lumbar disc degeneration over a longer time period in order to see the effects of kinetic rehabilitation programs in relation to the delay of chronicization. As

  3. Lumbar Spine Musculoskeletal Physiology and Biomechanics During Simulated Military Operations

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    l ationship between 3D geometry of the lumbar spine, under different l oading conditions and positions , and the pathophysiol ogy of the...Marines were scanned in a high- resolut i on 3T MRI scanner to quantify musc l e qua lity and I VD degeneration . Lumbar l ordos i s s i gnificantl y...measured using a force mat in a structure with the dimensions of the MRI scanner . 7 Figure 2. Photographs of the load distribution system used for

  4. Lumbar spine visualisation based on kinematic analysis from videofluoroscopic imaging.

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    Zheng, Y; Nixon, M S; Allen, R

    2003-04-01

    Low back pain is a significant problem and its cost is enormous to society. However, diagnosis of the underlying causes remains problematic despite extensive study. Reasons for this arise from the deep-rooted situation of the spine and also from its structural complexity. Clinicians have to mentally convert 2-D image information into a 3-D form to gain a better understanding of structural integrity. Therefore, visualisation and animation may be helpful for understanding, diagnosis and for guiding therapy. Some low back pain originates from mechanical disorders, and study of the spine kinematics may provide an insight into the source of the problem. Digital videofluoroscopy was used in this study to provide 2-D image sequences of the spine in motion, but the images often suffer due to noise, exacerbated by the very low radiation dosage. Thus determining vertebrae position within the image sequence presents a considerable challenge. This paper describes a combination of spine kinematic measurements with a solid model of the human lumbar spine for visualisation of spine motion. Since determination of the spine kinematics provides the foundation and vertebral extraction is at the core, this is discussed in detail. Edge detection is a key feature of segmentation and it is shown that phase congruency performs better than most established methods with the rather low-grade image sequences from fluoroscopy. The Hough transform is then applied to determine the positions of vertebrae in each frame of a motion sequence. In the Hough transform, Fourier descriptors are used to represent the vertebral shapes. The results show that the Hough transform is a very promising technique for vertebral extraction from videofluoroscopic images. A dynamic visualisation package has been developed in order to view the moving lumbar spine from any angle and viewpoint. Wire frame models of the vertebrae were built by using CT images from the Visible Human Project and these models are scaled to

  5. MRI of the lumbar spine. Technical aspect. T2-weighted fat saturation coronal dynamic MRI of the lumbar spine; IRM du rachis lombaire. Aspects techniques. Coupe coronales en T2 et saturation de graisse IRM dynamique du rachis lombaire

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    Clarisse, J.; Francke, J.P.; Leclet, H.; Bourgeois, Ph.; Chastanet, P.; Cotten, A. [Hopital Roger Salengro, 59 - Lille (France)

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    Assess the feasibility of `dynamic` MRI of the lumbar spine and study the parameters of a single MRI sequence favorable for simultaneous imaging of the meningeal space and the epidural and foraminal venous system. Favor a decline in the number of sacco-radiculograms. Clinical assessment in the following circumstances: discordant clinical and and radiographic findings, difficulty in interpreting single or multiple disc-root conflicts, preoperative work-up in cases of narrow or stenotic lumbar canal. Dynamic MRI of the lumbar spine is possible if the hypothesis that the hyper-lordosis obtained in the supine position creates an anatomic and radiographic situation identical to the hyper-lordosis induced by the upright position is accepted. The `radiculo-phlebographic` sequence gives images of the root sheaths and the epidural, foraminal and extra-foraminal veins simultaneously, particularly in the coronal plane. (authors)

  6. Examination of a lumbar spine biomechanical model for assessing axial compression, shear, and bending moment using selected Olympic lifts.

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    Eltoukhy, Moataz; Travascio, Francesco; Asfour, Shihab; Elmasry, Shady; Heredia-Vargas, Hector; Signorile, Joseph

    2016-09-01

    Loading during concurrent bending and compression associated with deadlift, hang clean and hang snatch lifts carries the potential for injury to the intervertebral discs, muscles and ligaments. This study examined the capacity of a newly developed spinal model to compute shear and compressive forces, and bending moments in lumbar spine for each lift. Five male subjects participated in the study. The spine was modeled as a chain of rigid bodies (vertebrae) connected via the intervertebral discs. Each vertebral reference frame was centered in the center of mass of the vertebral body, and its principal directions were axial, anterior-posterior, and medial-lateral. The results demonstrated the capacity of this spinal model to assess forces and bending moments at and about the lumbar vertebrae by showing the variations among these variables with different lifting techniques. These results show the model's potential as a diagnostic tool.

  7. Problems of posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) for the rheumatoid spondylitis of the lumbar spine.

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    Inaoka, Masahiro; Tada, Koichi; Yonenobu, Kazuo

    2002-03-01

    We performed posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) on 7 patients with rheumatoid spondylitis (RA) of the lumbar spine with severe low-back pain and/or cauda equina symptoms, and evaluated the effectiveness of PLIF for the lumbar spinal instability in RA secondary to destruction of the anterior elements, including vertebral endplates and the apophyseal joint. The subjects were 7 patients with classic RA, 2 men and 5 women, mean age 65 years old, and the mean duration of RA was 21 years. All had severe low-back pain and difficulty with walking. According to the ARA classification, the patients were at stage 3 or worse and in class 3. Diagnostic imaging including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), tomography, myelography, and computed tomographic myelography (CTM) of the lumbar spine clearly delineated pathology, destruction of the vertebral endplate, subluxation, and cauda compression which can be well treated with PLIF. We performed L4/5PLIF (5 cases), L3/4 and L4/5 PLIF (2 cases), and posterior fixation with instruments for anterior column repair and stabilization and posterior decompression. Autografts (all cases) and Brantigan IF cage (2 cases) were used. Stable fixation of the lumbar spine was achieved after surgery, and improvement in gait and activities of daily living were achieved through the relief of low-back pain and radicular pain; the mean duration of follow-up was 22 months. Postoperative, plain radiography, CT, and MRI revealed the enlargement of the lumbar canal and fusion and incorporation of grafted bone, but in some cases, collapse of graft, migration of pedicle screw, instability of adjacent level, and collapse of adjacent vertebra were noted. PLIF with spinal instruments is a preferred treatment for rheumatoid spondylitis of the lumbar spine, but in the mutilating type of RA with severe osteoporosis, PLIF in combination with a long fixation system and/or augmentation of the vertebral bodies might be needed.

  8. Spontaneous ligamentum flavum hematoma in the lumbar spine

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    Keynan, Ory; Ashkenazi, Ely; Floman, Yizhar [Israel Spine Center at Assuta Hospital, Tel Aviv (Israel); Smorgick, Yossi [Israel Spine Center at Assuta Hospital, Tel Aviv (Israel); Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Zerifin (Israel); Schwartz, Allan J. [Hadassah University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Section of Neuroradiology, Jerusalem (Israel)

    2006-09-15

    Lumbar or sacral nerve root compression is most commonly caused by intervertebral disc degeneration and/or herniation. Less frequently, other extradural causes may be implicated, such as infection, neoplasm, epidural hematoma, or ligamentum flavum pathology. We present the case of a patient with spontaneous ligamentum flavum hematoma compressing the L4 nerve root, without antecedent trauma. Although exceedingly rare, the diagnosis of ligamentum flavum pathology in general, and that of ligamentum flavum hematoma in particular, should be considered on those rare occasions when the etiology of lumbar or sacral nerve root compressions appears enigmatic on radiological studies. Usually surgical treatment produces excellent clinical outcome. (orig.)

  9. Radiological analysis of upper lumbar disc herniation and spinopelvic sagittal alignment.

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    Bae, Junseok; Lee, Sang-Ho; Shin, Sang-Ha; Seo, Jin Suk; Kim, Kyeong Hwan; Jang, Jee-Soo

    2016-05-01

    A retrospective cross-sectional study was designed to explore the role of spinopelvic sagittal alignment in upper lumbar disc herniation (ULD) development. A total of 207 consecutive patients who underwent surgery for single-level lumbar disc herniation [24 with ULD and 183 with lower lumbar disc herniation (LLD)] and 40 asymptomatic volunteers were enrolled. Full-length radiographs of the spine were taken to evaluate pelvic incidence (PI), sacral slope (SS), pelvic tilt (PT), thoracic kyphosis (TK), lumbar lordosis (LL), and sagittal vertical axis (SVA). The Roussouly classification was utilized to categorize all subjects according to their sagittal alignment. Spinopelvic parameters and Roussouly classification results were compared between groups. There were significant differences in PI, SS, PT, LL, and SVA between the ULD, LLD, and control groups. PI in the ULD (40.9°) was significantly lower than in the LLD and control groups (48.8° and 47.6°, respectively). LL was significantly lower in the ULD than in the LLD (-32.4° and -40°, respectively). There were significant differences between the three groups in Roussouly types. The LLD had a significantly higher proportion (62.6 %) of type 2 lordosis (flat back), and the ULD had a higher proportion (33.3 %) of type 1 lordosis than the other groups. This study demonstrated the importance of PI and lumbar curvature in the pathogenesis of ULD. The higher prevalence of short LL and long TK with low PI in the ULD group implies that an increased mechanical stress at this level may be one of the risk factors of ULD.

  10. Minimally Invasive Direct Repair of Bilateral Lumbar Spine Pars Defects in Athletes

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    Gabriel A. Widi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Spondylolysis of the lumbar spine has traditionally been treated using a variety of techniques ranging from conservative care to fusion. Direct repair of the defect may be utilized in young adult patients without significant disc degeneration and lumbar instability. We used minimally invasive techniques to place pars interarticularis screws with the use of an intraoperative CT scanner in three young adults, including two athletes. This technique is a modification of the original procedure in 1970 by Buck, and it offers the advantage of minimal muscle dissection and optimal screw trajectory. There were no intra- or postoperative complications. The detailed operative procedure and the postoperative course along with a brief review of pars interarticularis defect treatment are discussed.

  11. On the collagen criss-cross angles in the annuli fibrosi of lumbar spine finite element models.

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    Noailly, Jérôme; Planell, Josep A; Lacroix, Damien

    2011-04-01

    In the human lumbar spine, annulus fibrosus fibres largely contribute to intervertebral disc stability. Detailed annulus models are therefore necessary to obtain reliable predictions of lumbar spine mechanics by finite element modelling. However, different definitions of collagen orientations coexist in the literature for healthy human lumbar annuli. Therefore, four annulus fibre-induced anisotropy models were built from reported anatomical descriptions, and inserted in a L3-L5 lumbar bi-segment finite element model. Annulus models were, respectively, characterized by radial, tangential, radial and tangential, and no fibre orientation gradients. The effect of rotational and axial compressive loadings was simulated and first, predictions were compared to experimental data. Then, intervertebral disc local biomechanics was studied under axial rotation and axial compression. A new parameter, i.e. the fibre contribution quality parameter, was computed in the anterior, lateral, postero-lateral, and posterior annuli of each model, in function of fibre stresses, radial load distributions, and matrix shear strains. Locally, each annulus model behaved differently, affecting intervertebral disc biomechanics and segmental motions. The fibre contribution quality parameter allowed establishing direct links between local annulus fibre organization and local annulus loadings, while other kinematical and biomechanical data did not. It was concluded that functional relations should exist between local annulus fibre orientations and overall segment morphology. The proposed fibre contribution quality parameter could be used to examine such relations and calibrate lumbar spine finite element models by locally adjusting the annulus bundle criss-cross angles. Conclusions of this study are particularly relevant to patient-specific models or artificial disc designs.

  12. Comprehensive comparing percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy with posterior lumbar internal fixation for treatment of adjacent segment lumbar disc prolapse with stable retrolisthesis: A retrospective case-control study.

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    Sun, Yapeng; Zhang, Wei; Qie, Suhui; Zhang, Nan; Ding, Wenyuan; Shen, Yong

    2017-07-01

    The study was to comprehensively compare the postoperative outcome and imaging parameter characters in a short/middle period between the percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD) and the internal fixation of bone graft fusion (the most common form is posterior lumbar interbody fusion [PLIF]) for the treatment of adjacent segment lumbar disc prolapse with stable retrolisthesis after a previous lumbar internal fixation surgery.In this retrospective case-control study, we collected the medical records from 11 patients who received PELD operation (defined as PELD group) for and from 13 patients who received the internal fixation of bone graft fusion of lumbar posterior vertebral lamina decompression (defined as control group) for the treatment of the lumbar disc prolapse combined with stable retrolisthesis at Department of Spine Surgery, the Third Hospital of Hebei Medical University (Shijiazhuang, China) from May 2010 to December 2015. The operation time, the bleeding volume of perioperation, and the rehabilitation days of postoperation were compared between 2 groups. Before and after surgery at different time points, ODI, VAS index, and imaging parameters (including Taillard index, inter-vertebral height, sagittal dislocation, and forward bending angle of lumbar vertebrae) were compared.The average operation time, the blooding volume, and the rehabilitation days of postoperation were significantly less in PELD than in control group. The ODI and VAS index in PELD group showed a significantly immediate improving on the same day after the surgery. However, Taillard index, intervertebral height, sagittal dislocation in control group showed an immediate improving after surgery, but no changes in PELD group till 12-month after surgery. The forward bending angle of lumbar vertebrae was significantly increased and decreased in PELD and in control group, respectively.PELD operation was superior in terms of operation time, bleeding volume, recovery period, and financial

  13. Reliability of MRI findings in candidates for lumbar disc prosthesis

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    Berg, Linda; Espeland, Ansgar [Haukeland University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Bergen (Norway); University of Bergen, Section for Radiology, Department of Surgical Sciences, Bergen (Norway); Neckelmann, Gesche [Haukeland University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Bergen (Norway); Gjertsen, Oeivind [Oslo University Hospital, Department of Neuroradiology, Oslo (Norway); Hellum, Christian [Oslo University Hospital, Department of Orthopaedics, Oslo (Norway); University of Oslo, Department of Orthopaedics, Oslo (Norway); Johnsen, Lars G. [University Hospital of Trondheim, National Centre for Diseases of the Spine, Trondheim (Norway); University Hospital of Trondheim, Orthopaedic Department, Trondheim (Norway); Eide, Geir E. [Haukeland University Hospital, Centre for Clinical Research, Bergen (Norway); University of Bergen, Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care, Bergen (Norway)

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    Limited reliability data exist for localised magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings relevant to planning of treatment with lumbar disc prosthesis and later outcomes. We assessed the reliability of such findings in chronic low back pain patients who were accepted candidates for disc prosthesis. On pretreatment MRI of 170 patients (mean age 41 years; 88 women), three experienced radiologists independently rated Modic changes, disc findings and facet arthropathy at L3/L4, L4/L5 and L5/S1. Two radiologists rerated 126 examinations. For each MRI finding at each disc level, agreement was analysed using the kappa statistic and differences in prevalence across observers using a fixed effects model. All findings at L3/L4 and facet arthropathy at L5/S1 had a mean prevalence <10% across observers and were not further analysed, ensuring interpretable kappa values. Overall interobserver agreement was generally moderate or good (kappa 0.40-0.77) at L4-S1 for Modic changes, nucleus pulposus signal, disc height (subjective and measured), posterior high-intensity zone (HIZ) and disc contour, and fair (kappa 0.24) at L4/L5 for facet arthropathy. Posterior HIZ at L5/S1 and severely reduced subjective disc height at L4/L5 differed up to threefold in prevalence between observers (p < 0.0001). Intraobserver agreement was mostly good or very good (kappa 0.60-1.00). In candidates for disc prosthesis, mostly moderate interobserver agreement is expected for localised MRI findings. (orig.)

  14. Lumbar disc herniation at high levels : MRI and clinical findings

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    Paek, Chung Ho; Kwon, Soon Tae; Lee, Jun Kyu; Ahn, Jae Sung; Lee, Hwan Do; Chung, Yon Su; Jeong, Ki Ho; Cho, Jun Sik [Chungnam National Univ. College of Medicine, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

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    To assess the frequency, location, associated MR findings, and clinical symptoms of the high level lumbar disc herniation(HLDH). A total of 1076 patients with lunbar disc herniation were retrospectively reviewed. MR images of 41 of these with HLDH(T12-L1, L1-2, L2-3) were analysed in terms of frequency, location, and associated MR findings, and correlated with clinical symptoms of HLDH. The prevalence of HLDH was 3.8%(41/1076). HLDH was located at T12-L1 level in four patients(10%), at L1-2 level in 14(34%), at L2-3 level in 21(51%), and at both L1-2 and L2-3 levels in two. The age of patients ranged from 20 to 72 years (mean, 44), and there were 26 men and 16 women. In 11(27%), whose mean age was 32 years, isolated disc herniation was limited to these high lumbar segments. The remaining 30 patients had HLDH associated with variable involvement of the lower lumbar segments. Associated lesions were as follow : lower level disc herniation(14 patients, 34%); apophyseal ring fracture(8 patients, 19%); Schmorl's node and spondylolisthesis (each 6 patients, each 14%); spondylolysis(3 patients, 7%); and retrolisthesis(2 patients, 5%). In 20 patients(49%) with HLDH(n=41), there was a previous history of trauma. Patients with HLDH showed a relatively high incidence of associated coexisting abnormalities such as lower lumbar disc herniation, apophyseal ring fracture, Schmorl's node, spondylolysis, and retrolisthesis. In about half of all patients with HLDH there was a previous history of trauma. The mean age of patients with isolated HLDH was lower; clinical symptoms of the condition were relatively nonspecific and their incidence was low.

  15. Patient positioning and spinal locking for lumbar spine rotation manipulation.

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    Gibbons, P; Tehan, P

    2001-08-01

    High velocity low amplitude (HVLA) thrust techniques are widely used by many manual therapists to treat low back pain. There is increasing evidence that spinal manipulation produces positive patient outcomes for acute low back pain. HVLA thrust techniques are associated with an audible release in the form of a pop or cracking sound that is widely accepted to represent cavitation of a spinal zygapophyseal joint. This audible release distinguishes these techniques from other manual therapy interventions. When using long lever HVLA thrust techniques spinal locking is necessary to localize forces and achieve cavitation at a specific vertebral segment. A critical factor in applying lumbar spine manipulation with minimal force is patient positioning and spinal locking. A knowledge of coupled movements of the lumbar spine aids an understanding of the patient positioning required to achieve spinal locking consistent with maximal patient comfort and cooperation. Excessive rotation can result in pain, patient resistance and failed technique. This masterclass presents a model of patient positioning for the lumbar spine that minimizes excessive use of rotation to achieve spinal locking prior to the application of the thrust.

  16. COMPARATIVE RETROSPECTIVE STUDY ON ANAESTHESIA APPROACHES FOR LUMBAR SPINE SURGERY

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE Lumbar spinal surgeries have been performed with either spinal or general anaesthesia. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the superiority of either spinal or general anaesthesia on lumbar spine surgery. METHODS After approval of institutional ethical committee, we retrospectively analysed 270 patients (ASA I and II undergoing surgery of lumbar spine from 2009 to 2015 by one surgeon. Of these 150 patients underwent general anaesthesia with controlled ventilation, 120 patients were offered spinal anaesthesia with conscious sedation. Patient records were reviewed to obtain demographic features, type of anaesthesia, baseline heart rate, mean arterial pressure, intraoperative maximum heart rate, mean arterial pressure, duration of surgery, amount of intravenous fluids, intraoperative blood loss, incidence of perioperative complications such as bleeding, nausea, vomiting, hypotension, bradycardia, and postoperative analgesic consumption. RESULTS Patient characteristics including baseline/intraoperative mean arterial pressure and heart rate values did not differ between groups. However, the spinal anaesthesia group experienced significantly shorter durations in the operating room and had a lower incidence of nausea, vomiting. Analgesic consumptions in general anaesthesia group was significantly higher than in spinal anaesthesia group. CONCLUSION The present study revealed that spinal anaesthesia is a safe and effective alternative to general anaesthesia for patients undergoing single level or two level lumbar laminectomy, discectomy, or even instrumentation below L2 level and has the advantage of decreased nausea, antiemetic, analgesic requirements, and fewer complications. It also ensures better postoperative recovery when compared to general anaesthesia

  17. LONG-TERM OUTCOMES OF FENESTRATED DISCECTOMY FOR LUMBAR DISC

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    PAN Yu-tao; CAO Peng; LIANG Yu; GONG Yao-cheng; ZHENG Tao; ZHANG Xing-kai; WU Wen-jian

    2008-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the long-term outcomes of fenestrated discectomy for lumbar disc herniation and analyze the correlative influence factors.Methods Eighty-two cases of lumbar disc herniation, from February 1996 to May 1999, were retrospectively studied. All patients were treated with simple fenestrated discectomy. The average follow-up time was 8 years and 7 months (from 7 years to10 years and 3months). There were 13, 38 and 31 cases at L3-L4, L4-L5 and L5-S1 level, respectively.Results The average scales before operation were as following: Japanes Orthopaedics Association (JOA) scale 6.5 (5-9), visual analysis scale (VAS) of low back pain 4.8 (0-8), and VAS of sciatica 7.2 (4-10). At the final follow-up, the above parameters were 13.2 (10-14), 1.8 (0-10) and 1.2 (0-7), respectively. The average increase ratio of JOA scale was 78.8%. The average disc-vertebra height ratio (Mochida method) was 80.2%. At the final follow-up, 7 cases reoccurred disc herniation. The final clinical satisfaction rate was 80% (modified Macnab method).Conclusion With appropriate surgical indications, the successful long-term outcomes could be expected with fenestrated discectomy. Discectomy improves sciatica to a greater extent than low back pain. The occurrence of low back pain is related to intervertebral disc height, segment stability, disc degeneration, and lumbar muscle disability.

  18. CT-discography; diagnostic accuracy in lumbar disc herniation and significance of induced pain during procedure

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    Jin, En Hao [Yan Bian Medical College, Beijing (China); Chung, Tae Sub; Jeong, Mi Gyoung; Kim, Young Soo; Roh, Sung Woo [Yonsei Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    To evaluate the usefulness and the accuracy of CT-discography in lumbar disc disease by analyzing the findings of CT-discogram and types of evoked pain during the procedure. CT-discograms were retrospectively evaluated in 47 intervertebral discs of 20 patients with multilevel involvement of lumbar disc diseases. In 28 herniated discs confirmed at surgery, the findings of CT-discogram (28 disc levels/20 patients), MRI(23/16) and CT(21/15) were comparatively analysed. The type of pain after infusion of contrast media during CT-discography was compared with that prior to the procedure. The accuracy for determining types of the herniated lumbar disc when compared with post-operative results was 96.4%(27 discs/28 discs) in the CT-discogram, 82.6%(19 discs/23 discs) in MRI and 71.4%(15 discs/21 discs) in the CT scan. Pains encountered during discography were radiating pain in 12 discs and back pain in 24 discs. CT-discography was especially helpful in 10 patients with multilevel involvement of the lumbar disc diseases to evaluate the exact location of diseased disc(s) that provoked the pain. CT-discography is a highly accurate method in diagnosis of the herniated lumbar intervertebral discs and is very useful in determining the precise location related to the development of pain in such cases.

  19. Synovial cysts of the lumbar spine.

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    Jankowski, Roman; Szymaś, Janusz; Nowak, Stanisław; Zukiel, Ryszard; Sokół, Bartosz; Paprzycki, Włodzmierz

    2012-01-01

    Synovial cysts of the spine occur most frequently in the lumbosacral region. Methods of treatment vary, but in cases of chronic pain or neurological deficits surgical intervention is undertaken. The aim of this paper is to present indications, surgical technique and efficacy of surgical treatment in patients with synovial cyst of the spinal canal. The retrospective analysis included 11 patients, aged from 47 to 72 years, treated at the Department of Neurosurgery and Neurotraumatology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, between 2004 and 2009. The length of medical history ranged from 2 months to 6 years. Conservative treatment applied before surgery was not effective. Neurological examination revealed unilateral or bilateral sciatica, superficial sensory disturbance or lower limb paresis. Synovial cysts were located mainly at the L4-L5 level (9 cases). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine was performed in all patients and showed the cystic lesion attached to the intervertebral joint. Surgical treatment consisted of a unilateral fenestration using microsurgical techniques in most cases. Back pain relief was observed in 9 cases. In 10 patients, symptoms of sciatica disappeared. Neurological deficits disappeared in 5 patients. Surgical treatment of spinal synovial cysts is safe, effective and ensures a long-lasting effect. Surgical treatment is indicated in patients in whom the clinical symptoms correlate with the presence of synovial cyst in imaging studies and do not resolve after conservative treatment.

  20. MRI findings in the lumbar spines of asymptomatic elite junior tennis players

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    Rajeswaran, G.; Healy, J.C. [Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Department of Radiology, London, England (United Kingdom); Turner, M. [The National Tennis Centre, Lawn Tennis Association, London (United Kingdom); Gissane, C. [St Mary' s University, Twickenham, Middlesex (United Kingdom)

    2014-07-15

    To evaluate the MRI findings in the lumbar spines of asymptomatic elite junior tennis players. The lumbar spine MRI studies of 98 asymptomatic junior elite tennis players (51 male, 47 female) with a mean age of 18 years (age range 11.2-26.3 years; standard deviation 3.1) was reviewed by two consultant musculoskeletal radiologists using consensus opinion. Images were assessed using accepted classification systems. Four players (4 %) had no abnormality. Facet joint arthropathy occurred in 89.7 % of the players, being mild in 84.5 % of cases. There were 41 synovial cysts in 22.4 % of the cohort all occurring in the presence of facet arthropathy. Disc degeneration was noted in 62.2 % of players, being mild in 76.2 % of those affected. Disc herniation was noted in 30.6 % of players, with 86.1 % of these being broad based and 13.9 % being focal. There was nerve root compression in 2 %. There were 41 pars interarticularis abnormalities in 29.6 % of patients, 63.4 % of these being grades 1-3. There was grade 1 spondylolisthesis in 5.1 % of players. The prevalence of facet joint arthropathy, disc degeneration, disc herniation and pars interarticularis fracture was lower in female players than in male and lower in the under 16-year-olds compared with the over 20-year-olds. There is a significant amount of underlying pathology that would normally go undetected in this group of asymptomatic elite athletes. Whilst these findings cannot be detected clinically, their relevance is in facilitating appropriate prehabilitation to prevent loss of playing time and potentially career-ending injuries. (orig.)

  1. Pedicle marrow signal intensity changes in the lumbar spine: a manifestation of facet degenerative joint disease

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    Morrison, J.L.; Kaplan, P.A.; Dussault, R.G.; Anderson, M.W. [Dept. of Radiology, Univ. of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA (United States)

    2000-12-01

    Objective. Signal intensity changes in lumbar pedicles, similar to those described in vertebral body endplates adjacent to degenerated discs, have been described as an ancillary sign of spondylolysis on MRI. The purpose of this study was to determine whether pedicle marrow signal intensity changes also occur in association with facet degenerative joint disease.Design. Eighty-nine lumbar spine MRI examinations without spondylolysis were reviewed for marrow signal intensity changes in pedicles and vertebral bodies as well as for facet degenerative joint disease.Results. Five percent (46/890) of lumbar pedicles in 23 patients had marrow signal intensity changes. Ninety-one percent (42/46) of the abnormal pedicles had adjacent degenerative joint disease of the facets, while only 21% (189/890) of normal pedicles had adjacent facet degenerative joint disease (p<0.001). Eighty-nine percent (41/46) of the pedicles with marrow signal intensity changes had adjacent degenerative disc disease.Conclusions. Pedicle marrow signal intensity changes are not a specific sign of spondylolysis; they are commonly seen with adjacent facet degenerative joint disease in the absence of spondylolysis. Pedicle marrow signal intensity changes are probably a response to abnormal stresses related to abnormal motion or loading caused by the degenerative changes in the spinal segment. (orig.)

  2. Clinical results of Maverick lumbar total disc replacement: two-year prospective follow-up.

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    Le Huec, J C; Mathews, H; Basso, Y; Aunoble, S; Hoste, D; Bley, B; Friesem, T

    2005-07-01

    Disc prosthesis is the new treatment for degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine. Key to assessing the interest in this new motion technique is evaluating the results in terms of functional and radiologic outcomes. This prospective study reports the outcome of 64 Maverick devices implanted between January 2002 and November 2003. The degree of improvement was equivalent to that obtained with anterior fusion cages using the mini-invasive technique. Radiographic follow-up in this series showed a degree of mobility close to normal. The technique is safe because the intra- and postoperative complication rate is low. The Oswestry score improved for 75% of patients. This improvement is significantly correlated with facet arthrosis and muscle fatty degeneration.

  3. Musculoskeletal support of lumbar spine stability.

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    Wagner, H; Anders, Ch; Puta, Ch; Petrovitch, A; Mörl, F; Schilling, N; Witte, H; Blickhan, R

    2005-12-01

    Using a biomechanical model and experimental data the self-stabilising behaviour of antagonistic trunk muscles was analyzed. The biomechanical model is constituted of a pair of antagonistic Hill-type muscles, their geometric arrangement with respect to the spine, and the instantaneous centre of rotation in frontal plane. Using Ljapunov's theory, the stability of certain motion and loading situations was analyzed. Applying a sensitivity analysis, the influence of different muscle properties and the geometric arrangement on stability was investigated. The simulations revealed that the stability of spinal movements depended primarily on the geometrical arrangement of muscles and the position of the centre of rotation of the spine, the latter was affected in turn by the activities of the profound muscles. To stabilize the situations simulated oblique muscle arrangements were necessary. In order to define an instantaneous centre of rotation in the lower region of the spine negative attachment angles (medio-lateral decline) of muscles were necessary, corresponding to the real anatomy of obliquus externus muscles. More cranially located instantaneous centres of rotation required positive attachment angles for stability, corresponding to obliquus internus or multifidus muscles. Furthermore, the fibre-type distribution of muscles influenced the stability of the system, i.e. a high percentage of fast-twitch-fibres supported the stabilisation. Conclusions drawn from the simulations were supported by experimental data. Sudden loads and quick-release perturbations with two different amplitudes were applied to the upper body of ten male subjects. In comparison to sudden load situations preactivation of muscles due to an external load, i.e. quick-release perturbation, led to significantly less dependency of the amplitude of deflection on the amplitude of the perturbation. This observation relates to the self-stabilising properties of the musculoskeletal system. In conclusion

  4. Gadolinium-DTPA enhancement of symptomatic nerve roots in MRI of the lumbar spine

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    Tyrrell, P.N.M.; Cassar-Pullicino, V.N.; McCall, I.W. [Department of Diagnostic Imaging, The Institute of Orthopaedics, The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital NHS Trust, Oswestry, Shropshire SY10 7AG (United Kingdom)

    1998-02-01

    Disc prolapse presenting with sciatica may be associated with enhancement of the symptomatic nerve root following magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with intravenous gadolinium (Gd)-DTPA. Previous studies have shown, however, that this does not occur in all cases. The aim of this study was to assess the incidence of nerve root enhancement in patients with sciatica and disc prolapse and to try to identify any specific features that might be associated with the phenomenon. A total of 227 patients presenting with low back pain and/or sciatica underwent a MRI study of the lumbar spine with intravenous contrast enhancement. Nineteen of 81 (23.5 %) patients with disc prolapse demonstrated nerve root enhancement. Nerve root enhancement had a highly significant association with sequestrated disc lesions (13/19, 68 %; P < 0.0005), and was primarily seen in the symptomatic ipsilateral nerve root (16/19, 84 %). The sensitivity of nerve root enhancement associated with disc prolapse was 23.5 % with a specificity of 95.9 %, a positive predictive value of 76 % and a negative predictive value of 69.3 %. Nerve root enhancement may be indicative of the symptomatic level but its poor sensitivity negates the routine use of Gd-DTPA in MRI for sciatica. (orig.) With 4 figs., 1 tab., 37 refs.

  5. SENILE DEGENERATIVE CHANGES IN ADULT LUMBAR SPINE! - A PROSPECTIVE STUDY

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    Garjesh Singh

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available : BACKGROUND: Low back pain (LBP is a common presenting complaint affecting mostly middle aged and older person and traditionally considered as ageing process, but now-a-days large number of younger people are also affected by this debilitating chronic disorder. The cause of early onset of degenerative spine disease is multifactorial, but genetical predisposition plays very important role. AIMS AND OBJECTIVE: To find out association between genetic predisposition and degenerative spine disease in adult patients and to assess the pattern of MRI findings of various degenerative diseases in lumbo-sacral spine. MATERIAL AND METHOD: The present cross-sectional study had been performed among 100 selected patients in 1yr period, who presented with chief complaint of chronic low back pain. After taking detailed clinical and professional history, MRI of lumbosacral spine had been performed. Total 100 patients were divided in two groups on the basis of genetical predisposition. Prevalence and spectrum of degenerative changes were compared between both groups. RESULTS: Hundred patients of 20 to 35-year age had been selected with mean age of 27yr. Out of 100 patients; 47 were male and 53 were female. The most common degenerative findings were desiccation of disc (95% followed by disc bulge, herniation, spinal canal stenosis, ligamentum flavum hypertrophy, facet joint hypertrophy and modic changes. L4-L5 and L5- S1 were the most commonly involved spinal levels for any degenerative pathology. CONCLUSION: Good association is seen between early onset of degenerative spine disease and genetical predisposition in patients who have history of similar type degenerative spine disease in one or more first degree relatives in comparison to those patients who do not have any genetical predisposition. So it can be concluded that heredity play important role in early onset of degenerative spine disease in adults.

  6. Prolonged upright posture induces calcified hypertrophy in the cartilage end plate in rat lumbar spine.

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    Bian, Qin; Liang, Qian-Qian; Wan, Chao; Hou, Wei; Li, Chen-Guang; Zhao, Yong-Jian; Lu, Sheng; Shi, Qi; Wang, Yong-Jun

    2011-11-15

    Both forelimbs of rats were amputated and these rats were kept in the custom-made cages to keep prolonged and repeated upright posture. Changes of bone were observed in the lumbar vertebrae at three different time points after the surgery. To investigate the effect of prolonged and repeated upright posture on the cartilage end plate of rat lumbar vertebrae. Previous studies show calcified hypertrophy is related to mechanical stress, but there are no clear evidences to indicate whether or not long-term and repeated assumption of the upright posture could result in calcified hypertrophy in cartilage end plate of rat lumbar spine. The forelimbs of 30 rats were amputated when they were 1 month old. These rats were kept in the custom-made cages and were forced to stand upright on their hind-limbs and tails to obtain water and food. Normal rats of the same ages kept in regular cages were used as control. The rats were killed at 5, 7, and 9 months after the surgery and lumbar vertebrae samples were harvested for micro-CT, histologic, and immunohistochemical studies. Total RNA isolated from these samples were used for real-time RT-PCR of type X collagen (Col10α1), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1). Micro-CT showed increased inner part of cartilage end plate. Histologic revealed peripheral hypertrophy of disc after the surgery. Immunostaining and real-time RT-PCR showed increased protein and mRNA expression of type X collagen, VEGF, and TGF-β1. Prolonged upright posture induces cartilage end plate calcification and hypertrophy in rat lumbar spine.

  7. Analysis of adjacent segment reoperation after lumbar total disc replacement

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    Rainey, Scott; Blumenthal, Scott L.; Zigler, Jack E.; Guyer, Richard D.; Ohnmeiss, Donna D.

    2012-01-01

    Background Fusion has long been used for treating chronic back pain unresponsive to nonoperative care. However, potential development of adjacent segment degeneration resulting in reoperation is a concern. Total disc replacement (TDR) has been proposed as a method for addressing back pain and preventing or reducing adjacent segment degeneration. The purpose of the study was to determine the reoperation rate at the segment adjacent to a level implanted with a lumbar TDR and to analyze the pre-...

  8. Outcomes After Lumbar Disc Herniation in the National Basketball Association

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    Minhas, Shobhit V.; Kester, Benjamin S; Hsu, Wellington K.

    2016-01-01

    Background: Professional basketball players are at risk for lumbar disc herniation (LDH), yet the evidence guiding treatment after operative or nonoperative management of this condition in the National Basketball Association (NBA) is limited. Hypothesis: NBA players with LDH will have different performance outcomes based on treatment type. Study Design: Case-control study. Level of Evidence: Level 4. Methods: Athletes in the NBA with an LDH were identified through team injury reports, transac...

  9. Influence of lumbar spine rhythms and intra-abdominal pressure on spinal loads and trunk muscle forces during upper body inclination.

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    Arshad, Rizwan; Zander, Thomas; Dreischarf, Marcel; Schmidt, Hendrik

    2016-04-01

    Improved knowledge on spinal loads and trunk muscle forces may clarify the mechanical causes of various spinal diseases and has the potential to improve the current treatment options. Using an inverse dynamic musculoskeletal model, this sensitivity analysis was aimed to investigate the influence of lumbar spine rhythms and intra-abdominal pressure on the compressive and shear forces in L4-L5 disc and the trunk muscle forces during upper body inclination. Based on in vivo data, three different spine rhythms (SRs) were used along with alternative settings (with/without) of intra-abdominal pressure (IAP). Compressive and shear forces in L4-L5 disc as well as trunk muscle forces were predicted by inverse static simulations from standing upright to 55° of intermediate trunk inclination. Alternate model settings of intra-abdominal pressure and different spine rhythms resulted in significant variation of compression (763 N) and shear forces (195 N) in the L4-L5 disc and in global (454 N) and local (156 N) trunk muscle forces at maximum flexed position. During upper body inclination, the compression forces at L4-L5 disc were mostly released by IAP and increased for larger intervertebral rotation in a lumbar spine rhythm. This study demonstrated that with various possible assumptions of lumbar spine rhythm and intra-abdominal pressure, variation in predicted loads and muscles forces increase with larger flexion. It is therefore, essential to adapt these model parameters for accurate prediction of spinal loads and trunk muscle forces.

  10. Effect of total lumbar disc replacement on lumbosacral lordosis.

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    Kasliwal, Manish K; Deutsch, Harel

    2012-10-01

    Original article : To study effect of lumbar disc replacement on lumbosacral lordosis. There has been a growing interest in total disc replacement (TDR) for back pain with the rising concern of adjacent segment degeneration. Lumbar fusion surgery has been shown to lead to decrease in lumbar lordosis, which may account for postfusion pain resulting in less acceptable clinical outcome after successful fusion. TDR has recently emerged as an alternative treatment for back pain. There have been very few studies reporting lumbar sagittal outcome after TDR. Retrospective study of radiographic data of 17 patients who underwent TDR for single level degenerative disc disease at the author's institution was carried out. Study included measurement of preoperative and postoperative segmental and global lumbar lordosis and angle of lordosis. Patients age varied from 19 to 54 (mean, 35) years. Follow-up ranged from 12 to 24 months. TDR was performed at L4-5 level in 3 patients and L5-S1 level in 14 patients. The average values for segmental lordosis, global lordosis, and angle of lordosis at the operated level before and after surgery were 17.3, 49.7, and 8.6 degrees and 21.6, 54, and 9.5 degrees, respectively. There was a trend toward significant (P=0.02) and near significant (P=0.057) increase in segmental and global lordosis, respectively after TDR. Although prosthesis increased angle of lordosis at the level implanted in majority of the patients, the difference in preoperative and postoperative angle of lordosis was not significant (P=0.438). In addition, there was no correlation between the angle of implant of chosen and postoperative angle of lordosis at the operated level. The effect of TDR on sagittal balance appears favorable with an increase in global and segmental lumbar lordosis after single level TDR for degenerative disc disease. The degree of postoperative angle of lordosis was not affected by the angle of implant chosen at the operated level and varied

  11. Lumbar multifidus muscle changes in unilateral lumbar disc herniation using magnetic resonance imaging

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    Altinkaya, Naime [Baskent University Medical School, Department of Radiology, Adana (Turkey); Cekinmez, Melih [Baskent University Medical School Adana, Department of Neurosurgery, Adana (Turkey)

    2016-01-15

    To assess multifidus muscle asymmetry using the cross-sectional area (CSA) and perpendicular distance of the multifidus muscle to the lamina (MLD) measurements in patients with nerve compression due to lumbosacral disc hernia. In total, 122 patients who underwent microdiscectomy for unilateral radiculopathy caused by disc herniation, diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), were evaluated retrospectively. Posterolateral or foraminal disc herniation at only one disc level, the L3-4, L4-L5, or L5-S1 region, was confirmed using MRI. Subjects were divided by symptom duration: 1-30 days, (group A), 31-90 days (group B), and > 90 days (group C). There were 48 cases in group A, 26 in group B, and 48 in group C. In groups A, B, and C, the median MLD differed significantly between the diseased and normal sides (P < 0.05). The MLD increased on the diseased side with symptom duration by lumbar disc herniation. The diseased side MLD was 5.1, 6.7, and 7.6 mm in groups A, B, and C, respectively (P < 0.05). The cut-off values for the MLD measurements were 5.3 mm (sensitivity = 62.3 %, specificity = 55.5 %; P < 0.05). In groups A, B, and C, the median CSA of the multifidus muscle was not significantly different between the diseased and the normal side (P > 0.05). The MLD measurement correlated significantly with multifidus asymmetry in patients with lumbar disc herniation. (orig.)

  12. Hyperlipidemia and statins affect neurological outcome in lumbar spine injury.

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    Chung, Wu-Fu; Liu, Shih-Wei; Chang, Peng-Yuan; Lin, Feng-Shu; Chen, Li-Fu; Wu, Jau-Ching; Chen, Yu-Chun; Liu, Laura; Huang, Wen-Cheng; Cheng, Henrich; Lo, Su-Shun

    2015-01-05

    The disabling pathophysiologic effects of lipid and neuroprotective effects of statins have recently been demonstrated for acute spinal cord injuries in animal models. This large scale population-based study aimed to investigate the effect hyperlipidemia and the use of statins in patients with lumbar spine injury. The National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan was used to identify patients with lumbar spine injury. A total of 2844 patients were grouped into three: no hyperlipidemia, hyperlipidemia using low-dose of statins (≤90 of the defined daily dosage (DDD)), and severe hyperlipidemia using high-dose of statins (>90 DDD). A Cox multiple regression model was used to compare the incidence rates of disability among the three groups. The results showed that patients with hyperlipidemia appeared a higher risk of permanent disability (adjusted HR = 1.38, p = 0.28). In subgroup analysis, patients with severe hyperlipidemia had a higher risk of disability (adjusted HR = 3.1, p hyperlipidemia using low-dose statins had a similar risk of permanently disability (adjusted HR = 0.83, p = 0.661). Hyperlipidemia adversely affected the neurological outcomes of lumbar spinal injury. Statins may have the potential to reverse this higher risk of disability. However, this beneficiary effect of statins only existed in patients using a lower dose (≤90 DDD).

  13. Upright magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar spine: Back pain and radiculopathy

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Lumbar back pain and radiculopathy are common diagnoses. Unfortunately, conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI findings and clinical symptoms do not necessarily correlate in the lumbar spine. With upright imaging, disc pathologies or foraminal stenosis may become more salient, leading to improvements in diagnosis. Materials and Methods: Seventeen adults (10 asymptomatic and 7 symptomatic volunteers provided their informed consent and participated in the study. A 0.6T upright MRI scan was performed on each adult in the seated position. Parameters were obtained from the L2/3 level to the L5/S1 level including those pertaining to the foramen [cross-sectional area (CSA, height, mid-disc width, width, thickness of ligamentum flavum], disc (bulge, height, width, vertebral body (height and width, and alignment (lordosis angle, wedge angle, lumbosacral angle. Each parameter was compared based on the spinal level and volunteer group using two-factor analysis of variance (ANOVA. Bonferroni post hoc analysis was used to assess the differences between individual spinal levels. Results: Mid-disc width accounted for 56% of maximum foramen width in symptomatic volunteers and over 63% in asymptomatic volunteers. Disc bulge was 48% greater in symptomatic volunteers compared to asymptomatic volunteers. CSA was generally smaller in symptomatic volunteers compared to asymptomatic volunteers, particularly at the L4-L5 and L5-S1 spinal levels. Thickness of ligamentum flavum (TLF generally increased from the cranial to caudal spinal levels where the L4-L5 and L5-S1 spinal levels were significantly thicker than the L1-L2 spinal level. Conclusions: The data implied that upright MRI could be a useful diagnostic option, as it can delineate pertinent differences between symptomatic volunteers and asymptomatic volunteers, especially with respect to foraminal geometry.

  14. Tophaceous gout of the lumbar spine mimicking a spinal meningioma.

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    Ribeiro da Cunha, Pedro; Peliz, António Judice; Barbosa, Marcos

    2016-11-05

    Although gout is a common metabolic disorder, it usually affects distal joints of the appendicular skeleton. Axial spine involvement is rare, with only 131 cases reported in the literature. The authors report a rare case of lumbar spinal gout mimicking a spinal meningioma. A 77-year-old man with a history of gout presented with chronic low back pain and progressive paraparesis. Imaging revealed a lumbar spine compressive mass lesion with a dural tail signal. The differential diagnosis was thought to be straightforward favoring a spinal meningioma. Tophaceous gout was never considered. The presence of a dural tail associated with the lesion is an interesting detail of this case, that strongly misguided it and to the best of our knowledge it is the first one reported in the literature. The patient underwent surgery and intra-operative findings were surprisingly different from those expected, revealing a chalky white mass lesion firmly adherent and compressing the dural sac. It was completely excised, leaving the dura intact. Histopathology confirmed the diagnosis of tophaceous gout. The patient was sent to physical therapy and had a complete remission of pain and neurological deficit, regaining his walking capacity. Although spinal gout is rare, it should be considered in the differential diagnosis for patients presenting with symptoms of spinal stenosis, a suspicion of neoplastic lesion of the spine, and a previous history of gout. Early diagnosis can ensure proper and timely medical management, perhaps avoiding neurological compromise and the need for surgery.

  15. Do cranial subdural hematomas migrate to the lumbar spine?

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    Moscovici, S; Paldor, I; Ramirez de-Noriega, F; Itshayek, E; Shoshan, Y; Spektor, S; Attia, M

    2011-04-01

    We report a patient with minor head trauma-related bilateral hemispheric subdural hematoma (SDH) and subsequent delayed spinal SDH or presumed migration to the lumbar spine. An acutely confused 88-year-old man presented to the Emergency Department after minor head trauma. Head CT scan revealed a small hemispheric SDH. The patient was admitted for observation. CT scan 6 hours later showed bilateral SDH with extension to the tentorium. Three days later SDH had resolved leaving bilateral subdural hygromas. Local leg weakness localized to the lumbar spine developed on day 6; spinal CT scan and MRI revealed a posterior L5-S1 collection. A pure subacute subdural hematoma compressing the cauda equina was drained after an L5 laminectomy. His lower leg weakness improved. The patient was discharged to rehabilitation two weeks after surgery. Patients with traumatic SDH who develop late-onset neurological deterioration attributable to any region of the spine should be evaluated for spinal SDH. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Prolonged upright posture induces degenerative changes in intervertebral discs of rat cervical spine.

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    Liang, Qian-Qian; Cui, Xue-Jun; Xi, Zhi-Jie; Bian, Qin; Hou, Wei; Zhao, Yong-Jian; Shi, Qi; Wang, Yong-Jun

    2011-01-01

    An in vivo study of the cervical intervertebral discs (IVDs) response to upright posture was performed using an amputated bipedal rat model. To investigate the effects of upright posture on IVDs of rat cervical spine. The distinct arrangement of human neck muscle from that of cat and rhesus indicated that in the evolution process, upright posture might have affected cervical spine of human ancestors. However, the effects of upright posture on cervical spine have not been assessed. Forty-one-month-old rats were randomly divided into 5-month-control, 5-month-surgery, 7-month-control, and 7-month surgery group (n = 10 per group). Both forelimbs of 2 surgery group rats were amputated, and those rats were then induced to be upright in the custom-made cages. Two control group rats were kept in regular cages. These rats were respectively killed at the fifth and seventh month after surgery and the IVD samples of lumbar spine were harvested for histologic and immunohistochemical studies. Total RNA isolated from these samples were used for real-time polymerase chain reaction of type II collagen (Col2a1), type X collagen, matrix metalloproteinase 13 (MMP-13), MMP-3, aggre-can, and aggrecanase-2 (ADAMTS-5). Upright posture affects histologic changes of the cervical IVDs such as fissures of anulus fibrosus and decreased height of disc, decreased protein level of Col2a1 at nucleus pulposus and anulus fibrosus, up-regulated MMP-13, MMP-3, ADAMTS-5, and type X collagen mRNA expression, and downregulated mRNA expression of Col2a1 and aggrecan. Upright stance accelerates cervical disc degeneration in rats.

  17. Nucleus pulposus deformation in response to lumbar spine lateral flexion: an in vivo MRI investigation.

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    Fazey, Peter J; Takasaki, Hiroshi; Singer, Kevin P

    2010-07-01

    Whilst there are numerous studies examining aspects of sagittal plane motion in the lumbar spine, few consider coronal plane range of motion and there are no in vivo reports of nucleus pulposus (NP) displacement in lateral flexion. This study quantified in vivo NP deformation in response to side flexion in healthy volunteers. Concomitant lateral flexion and axial rotation range were also examined to evaluate the direction and extent of NP deformation. Axial T2- and coronal T1-weighted magnetic resonance images (MRI) were obtained from 21 subjects (mean age, 24.8 years) from L1 to S1 in the neutral and left laterally flexed position. Images were evaluated for intersegmental ranges of lateral flexion and axial rotation. A novel methodology derived linear pixel samples across the width of the disc from T2 images, from which the magnitude and direction of displacement of the NP was determined. This profiling technique represented the relative hydration pattern within the disc. The NP was displaced away from the direction of lateral flexion in 95/105 discs (p < 0.001). The extent of NP displacement was associated strongly with lateral flexion at L2-3 (p < 0.01). The greatest range of lateral flexion occurred at L2-3, L3-4 and L4-5. Small intersegmental ranges of axial rotation occurred at all levels, but were not associated with NP displacement. The direction of NP deformation was highly predictable in laterally flexed healthy lumbar spines; however, the magnitude of displacement was not consistent with the degree of intersegmental lateral flexion or rotation.

  18. Lumbar disc herniation and cauda equina syndrome following spinal manipulative therapy: a review of six court decisions in Canada.

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    Boucher, Pierre; Robidoux, Sébastien

    2014-02-01

    The purpose of this review is to expand practitioners' knowledge on areas of liability when treating low back pain patients. Six cases where chiropractors in Canada were sued for allegedly causing or aggravating lumbar disc herniation after spinal manipulative therapy were retrieved using the CANLII search database. The case series involves 4 men and 2 women with an average age of 37.3 years (range, 31-48 years). Trial courts' decisions were rendered between 2000 and 2011. This study highlights the following conclusions from Canadian courts: 1) informed consent is an ongoing process that cannot be entirely delegated to office personnel; 2) when the patient's history reveals risk factors for lumbar disc herniation the chiropractor has the duty to rule out disc pathology as an etiology for the symptoms presented by the patients before beginning anything but conservative palliative treatment; 3) lumbar disc herniation may be triggered by spinal manipulative therapy on vertebral segments distant from the involved herniated disc such as the thoracic spine.

  19. Effect of repetitive mckenzie lumbar spine exercises on cardiovascular system

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    Agrawal Sonal S

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Background & Purpose: McKenzie exercises for the lumbar spine, which are done repeatedly, such as flexion in standing (FIS, extension in standing flexion in lying (FIL & extension in lying (EIL have been used in the management of low back pain for over three decades. The cardiovascular effects of exercises that involve postural stabilization, arm exercises and of exercises performed in lying are well known, but there are seldom studies performed to assess the cardiovascular effects of these commonly used McKenzie exercises. Therefore the study focused on evaluating the effects of 4 commonly used McKenzie exercises on the cardiovascular system. Methods: 80 subjects in the age group of 20-59 years were randomly assigned into 4 groups according to their age, such that such that each group comprised of an equal number of subjects & equal number of males & females. Each subject performed all the 4 exercises (FIS, EIS, FIL & EIL for 10, 15 & 20 repetitions respectively. Heart rate, blood pressure & rate pressure product were recorded before & after each set of repetitions & after each type of exercise. Results: Repetitive McKenzie lumbar spine exercises had cardiovascular effects in apparently healthy subjects (both male & female. Exercises performed in lying were hemodynamically more demanding than that performed in standing, also exercises involving flexion of the lumbar spine elicited greater cardiovascular demand as compared to extension exercises i.e. FIL>EIL>FIS>EIS irrespective of the number of repetitions, 10, 15 or 20. The cardiovascular demand for a given subject increased as the number of repetitions increased, for all the 4 exercises. Conclusion: McKenzie exercises when done repetitively have cardiovascular effects in healthy subjects.

  20. Synovial cysts of the lumbar spine; Cistos sinoviais lombares

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    Rosa, Ana Claudia Ferreira; Machado, Marcio Martins [Goias Univ., Goiania, GO (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Hospital das Clinicas]. E-mail: anaclaudiaferreira@ig.com.br; Figueiredo, Marco Antonio Junqueira [Hospital Sirio-Libanes, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Servico de Tomografia Computadorizada; Cerri, Giovanni Guido [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Dept. de Radiologia

    2002-10-01

    Intraspinal synovial cysts of the lumbar spine are rare and commonly associated with osteoarthritis of the facet joints, particularly at level L4-L5. Symptoms are uncommon and may include low-back pain or sciatica. These cysts are accurately diagnosed by using computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Diagnosis is essential for the correct management of the cysts. Several treatment options are available including rest and immobilization, computed tomography guided corticosteroid injection, and surgery in patients that are nonresponsive to other treatment methods. (author)

  1. Multisegmental pneumatocysts of the lumbar spine mimic osteolytic lesions

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    Steingruber, I.E.; Buchberger, W. [Dept. of Radiology, University of Innsbruck (Austria); Bach, C.M.; Wimmer, C.; Nogler, M. [Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Innsbruck (Austria)

    2001-05-01

    Circumscribed radiolucencies within the vertebral bones can be due to a variety of changes including benign and malignant tumours or tumour-like lesions. Radiolucencies due to degenerative intraosseous pneumatocyst are very uncommon but have to be taken into the differential diagnosis in well-circumscribed lytic lesions of the vertebral bodies. We describe the first case of multisegmental pneumatocysts in the lumbar spine mimicking osteolytic lesions. On computed tomography, the air-equivalent attenuation values of the lesions and the close vicinity to the degenerated vertebral endplates with vacuum phenomenon led to the correct diagnosis. (orig.)

  2. Stability of the lumbar spine. A study in mechanical engineering.

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    Bergmark, A

    1989-01-01

    From the mechanical point of view the spinal system is highly complex, containing a multitude of components, passive and active. In fact, even if the active components (the muscles) were exchanged by passive springs, the total number of elements considerably exceeds the minimum needed to maintain static equilibrium. In other words, the system is statically highly indeterminate. The particular role of the active components at static equilibrium is to enable a virtually arbitrary choice of posture, independent of the distribution and magnitude of the outer load albeit within physiological limits. Simultaneously this implies that ordinary procedures known from the analysis of mechanical systems with passive components cannot be applied. Hence the distribution of the forces over the different elements is not uniquely determined. Consequently nervous control of the force distribution over the muscles is needed, but little is known about how this achieved. This lack of knowledge implies great difficulties at numerical simulation of equilibrium states of the spinal system. These difficulties remain even if considerable reductions are made, such as the assumption that the thoracic cage behaves like a rigid body. A particularly useful point of view about the main principles of the force distributions appears to be the distinction between a local and a global system of muscles engaged in the equilibrium of the lumbar spine. The local system consists of muscles with insertion or origin (or both) at lumbar vertebrae, whereas the global system consists of muscles with origin on the pelvis and insertions on the thoracic cage. Given the posture of the lumbar spine, the force distribution over the local system appears to be essentially independent of the outer load of the body (though the force magnitudes are, of course, dependent on the magnitude of this load). Instead different distributions of the outer load on the body are met by different distributions of the forces in the

  3. Comparative evaluation of a novel measurement tool to assess lumbar spine posture and range of motion

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    Consmüller, Tobias; Rohlmann, Antonius; Weinland, Daniel; Druschel, Claudia; Duda, Georg N; Taylor, William R

    2012-01-01

    .... Epionics SPINE is an advanced strain-gauge measurement technology, based on the two sensor strips SpineDMS system, which allows the non-invasive assessment of lumbar and thoraco-lumbar motion for periods of up to 24 h...

  4. A musculoskeletal lumbar and thoracic model for calculation of joint kinetics in the spine

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    Kim, Yong Cheol; Ta, Duc manh; Koo, Seung Bum [Chung-Ang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Jung Moon Ki [AnyBody Technology A/S, Aalborg (Denmark)

    2016-06-15

    The objective of this study was to develop a musculoskeletal spine model that allows relative movements in the thoracic spine for calculation of intra-discal forces in the lumbar and thoracic spine. The thoracic part of the spine model was composed of vertebrae and ribs connected with mechanical joints similar to anatomical joints. Three different muscle groups around the thoracic spine were inserted, along with eight muscle groups around the lumbar spine in the original model from AnyBody. The model was tested using joint kinematics data obtained from two normal subjects during spine flexion and extension, axial rotation and lateral bending motions beginning from a standing posture. Intra-discal forces between spine segments were calculated in a musculoskeletal simulation. The force at the L4-L5 joint was chosen to validate the model's prediction against the lumbar model in the original AnyBody model, which was previously validated against clinical data.

  5. A multibody modelling approach to determine load sharing between passive elements of the lumbar spine.

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    Abouhossein, Alireza; Weisse, Bernhard; Ferguson, Stephen J

    2011-06-01

    The human spinal segment is an inherently complex structure, a combination of flexible and semi-rigid articulating elements stabilised by seven principal ligaments. An understanding of how mechanical loading is shared among these passive elements of the segment is required to estimate tissue failure stresses. A 3D rigid body model of the complete lumbar spine has been developed to facilitate the prediction of load sharing across the passive elements. In contrast to previous multibody models, this model includes a non-linear, six degrees of freedom intervertebral disc, facet bony articulations and all spinal ligaments. Predictions of segmental kinematics and facet joint forces, in response to pure moment loading (flexion-extension), were compared to published in vitro data. On inclusion of detailed representation of the disc and facets, the multibody model fully captures the non-linear flexibility response of the spinal segment, i.e. coupled motions and a mobile instantaneous centre of rotation. Predicted facet joint forces corresponded well with reported values. For the loading case considered, the model predicted that the ligaments are the main stabilising elements within the physiological motion range; however, the disc resists a greater proportion of the applied load as the spine is fully flexed. In extension, the facets and capsular ligaments provide the principal resistance. Overall patterns of load distribution to the spinal ligaments are in agreement with previous predictions; however, the current model highlights the important role of the intraspinous ligament in flexion and the potentially high risk of failure. Several important refinements to the multibody modelling of the passive elements of the spine have been described, and such an enhanced passive model can be easily integrated into a full musculoskeletal model for the prediction of spinal loading for a variety of daily activities.

  6. Segmental lumbar spine instability at flexion-extension radiography can be predicted by conventional radiography

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    Pitkaenen, M.T.; Manninen, H.I.; Lindgren, K.-A.J.; Sihvonen, T.A.; Airaksinen, O.; Soimakallio, S

    2002-07-01

    AIM: To identify plain radiographic findings that predict segmental lumbar spine instability as shown by functional flexion-extension radiography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Plain radiographs and flexion-extension radiographs of 215 patients with clinically suspected lumbar spine instability were analysed. Instability was classified into anterior or posterior sliding instability. The registered plain radiographic findings were traction spur, spondylarthrosis, arthrosis of facet joints, disc degeneration, retrolisthesis, degenerative spondylolisthesis, spondylolytic spondylolisthesis and vacuum phenomena. Factors reaching statistical significance in univariate analyses (P < 0.05) were included in stepwise multiple logistic regression analysis. RESULTS: Degenerative spondylolisthesis (P = 0.004 at L3-4 level and P = 0.017 at L4-5 level in univariate analysis and odds ratio 16.92 at L4-5 level in multiple logistic regression analyses) and spondylolytic spondylolisthesis (P = 0.003 at L5-S1 level in univariate analyses) were the strongest independent determinants of anterior sliding instability. Retrolisthesis (odds ratio 10.97), traction spur (odds ratio 4.45) and spondylarthrosis (odds ratio 3.20) at L3-4 level were statistically significant determinants of posterior sliding instability in multivariate analysis. CONCLUSION: Sliding instability is strongly associated with various plain radiographic findings. In mechanical back pain, functional flexion-extension radiographs should be limited to situations when symptoms are not explained by findings of plain radiographs and/or when they are likely to alter therapy. Pitkaenen, M.T. et al. (2002)

  7. Surgical versus conservative treatment for lumbar disc herniation: a prospective cohort study

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    Gugliotta, Marinella; da Costa, Bruno R; Dabis, Essam; Theiler, Robert; Jüni, Peter; Reichenbach, Stephan; Landolt, Hans; Hasler, Paul

    2016-01-01

    Objectives Evidence comparing the effectiveness of surgical and conservative treatment of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation is controversial. We sought to compare short-term and long-term effectiveness of surgical and conservative treatment in sciatica symptom severity and quality of life in patients with lumbar disc herniation in a routine clinical setting. Methods A prospective cohort study of a routine clinical practice registry consisting of 370 patients. Outcome measures were the North American Spine Society questionnaire and the 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey to assess patient-reported back pain, physical function, neurogenic symptoms and quality of life. Primary outcomes were back pain at 6 and 12 weeks. Standard open discectomy was assessed versus conservative interventions at 6, 12, 52 and 104 weeks. We filled in missing outcome variable values with multiple imputation, accounted for repeated measures within patients with mixed-effects models and adjusted baseline group differences in relevant prognostic indicators by inverse probability of treatment weighting. Results Surgical treatment patients reported less back pain at 6 weeks than those receiving conservative therapy (−0.97; 95% CI −1.89 to −0.09), were more likely to report ≥50% decrease in back pain symptoms from baseline to 6 weeks (48% vs 17%, risk difference: 0.34; 95% CI 0.16 to 0.47) and reported less physical function disability at 52 weeks (−3.7; 95% CI −7.4 to −0.1). The other assessments showed minimal between-group differences with CIs, including the null effect. Conclusions Compared with conservative therapy, surgical treatment provided faster relief from back pain symptoms in patients with lumbar disc herniation, but did not show a benefit over conservative treatment in midterm and long-term follow-up. PMID:28003290

  8. 腰椎骨盆结构与腰椎间盘突出症关系的影像研究%Imaging Study of the Correlation between the Lumbar Vertebra Pelvis Configuration and Lumbar Disc Prolapse

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    李涛; 刘进进; 杨红彪; 郭玉鑫

    2001-01-01

    目的:探讨腰椎骨盆结构与腰椎间盘突出的关系。方法:用髂嵴上缘连线与腰4椎体下缘的位置关系,腰骶移行椎,分析240例经MRI证实的腰椎间盘突出症患者的X线平片。结果:深座骨盆者以L4~5椎间盘突出发病率高;高骑骨盆者,以L5~S1,发病率高;有腰骶椎变异者高于无变异者。结论:①腰椎间盘突出的部位与腰椎骨盆结构有关;②依据X线平片,结合患者临床表现可推测腰椎间盘突出的部位。%To inquire into the correlation between the lumbrosacral vertebra pelvis configuration and lumbar disc prolapse.Methods:Analyse the lumbar spine X-ray of 240 cases of lumbar disc prolapse proved by MRI with interiliac line and lumbosacral transitional vertrebrae.Results:The patients with deep-seated pelvis had a high morbidity in L4~5 disc prolapse;the patients with high-riding pelvis had a high morbidity in L5~S1 disc prolapse;the patients with lumbosacral transitional vertebra were higher than those without in the lumbar disc prolapse.Conclusion:①The location of the lumbar disk prolapse is related to the lumbar vertebra pelvis configuration;②according to X-ray of lumbar spine and patients' symptom,we can locate the lumbar disk prolapse.

  9. Clinical efficacy of three different minimally invasive procedures for far lateral lumbar disc herniation

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    LIU Tao; ZHOU Yue; WANG Jian; CHU Tong-wei; LI Chang-qing; ZHANG Zheng-feng; ZHANG Chad; ZHENG Wen-jie

    2012-01-01

    Background Far lateral lumbar disc hemiation (FLLDH) accounts for 2.6% to 11.7% of all lumbar herniated discs.Numerous surgical approaches have been described for treating this condition.The purpose of this study was to evaluate minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of FLLDH.Methoda From June 2000 to March 2006,52 patients with FLLDH were treated with minimally invasive procedures.All patients were assessed by anteroposterior and lateral roentgenography and computed tomography (CT).Some patients underwent myelography,discography,and magnetic resonance imaging.Procedures performed included Yeung Endoscopy Spine System (YESS) (n=25),METRx MicroDiscectomy System (n=13),and X-tube (n=14).Patients were followed up for a mean of 13.5 months.Clinical outcomes were assessed using a visual analog scale (VAS) and Nakai criteria.Results All 3 procedures significantly improved radiating leg symptoms (P <0.005).After surgery,84.0%,84.6%,and 92.8% of patients in the YESS,METRx,and X-tube groups had excellent or good outcomes.There were no statistically significant differences of VAS scores between the groups.The YESS procedure was associated with the shortest operation time,simplest anesthesia,and least trauma compared with the other 2 procedures,especially for type Ⅰherniations.The METRx procedure was the most suitable for type Ⅱ herniations and posterior endoscopic facetectomy.Posterior lumbar interbody fusion and unilateral pedicle screw instrumentation with X-tube was the most suitable for herniations combined with degenerative lumbar instability (type Ⅲ).Conclusion Minimally invasive strategies and options should be determined with reference to the type of FLLDH.

  10. Intradural lumbar disc herniation after percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy: case report.

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    Tamaki, Yasuaki; Sakai, Toshinori; Miyagi, Ryo; Nakagawa, Takefumi; Shimakawa, Tateaki; Sairyo, Koichi; Chikawa, Takashi

    2015-09-01

    A 64-year-old man was referred to the authors with low-back pain (LBP) and right leg pain with a history of previously diagnosed lumbar disc herniation (LDH) at L4-5. He had undergone 2 percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomies (PELDs) for the herniation at another institution, and according to the surgical record of the second surgery, a dural tear occurred intraoperatively but was not repaired. Postoperative conservative treatments such as an epidural block and blood patch had not relieved his persistent LBP or right leg pain. Upon referral to the authors, MRI and myelography revealed an intradural LDH. The herniated mass was removed by durotomy, and posterior lumbar interbody fusion was performed. His symptoms were partially improved after surgery. Primary suture is technically difficult when a dural tear occurs during PELD. Therefore, close attention should be paid to avoiding such tears, and surgeons should increase their awareness of intradural LDH as a possible postoperative complication of PELD.

  11. Classification of High Intensity Zones of the Lumbar Spine and Their Association with Other Spinal MRI Phenotypes: The Wakayama Spine Study

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    Teraguchi, Masatoshi; Samartzis, Dino; Hashizume, Hiroshi; Yamada, Hiroshi; Muraki, Shigeyuki; Oka, Hiroyuki; Cheung, Jason Pui Yin; Kagotani, Ryohei; Iwahashi, Hiroki; Tanaka, Sakae; Kawaguchi, Hiroshi; Nakamura, Kozo; Akune, Toru; Cheung, Kenneth Man-Chee; Yoshimura, Noriko; Yoshida, Munehito

    2016-01-01

    Introduction High intensity zones (HIZ) of the lumbar spine are a phenotype of the intervertebral disc noted on MRI whose clinical relevance has been debated. Traditionally, T2-weighted (T2W) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been utilized to identify HIZ of lumbar discs. However, controversy exists with regards to HIZ morphology, topography, and association with other MRI spinal phenotypes. Moreover, classification of HIZ has not been thoroughly defined in the past and the use of additional imaging parameters (e.g. T1W MRI) to assist in defining this phenotype has not been addressed. Materials and Methods A cross-sectional study of 814 (69.8% females) subjects with mean age of 63.6 years from a homogenous Japanese population was performed. T2W and T1W sagittal 1.5T MRI was obtained on all subjects to assess HIZ from L1-S1. We created a morphological and topographical HIZ classification based on disc level, shape type (round, fissure, vertical, rim, and enlarged), location within the disc (posterior, anterior), and signal type on T1W MRI (low, high and iso intensity) in comparison to the typical high intensity on T2W MRI. Results HIZ was noted in 38.0% of subjects. Of these, the prevalence of posterior, anterior, and both posterior/anterior HIZ in the overall lumbar spine were 47.3%, 42.4%, and 10.4%, respectively. Posterior HIZ was most common, occurring at L4/5 (32.5%) and L5/S1 (47.0%), whereas anterior HIZ was most common at L3/4 (41.8%). T1W iso-intensity type of HIZ was most prevalent (71.8%), followed by T1W high-intensity (21.4%) and T1W low-intensity (6.8%). Of all discs, round types were most prevalent (anterior: 3.6%, posterior: 3.7%) followed by vertical type (posterior: 1.6%). At all affected levels, there was a significant association between HIZ and disc degeneration, disc bulge/protrusion and Modic type II (plumbar spine. This study is the first that has utilized T2W and T1W MRIs in differentiating HIZ sub-phenotypes. Specific HIZ sub

  12. MRI assessment of lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration with lumbar degenerative disease using the Pfirrmann grading systems.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: To evaluate by MRI intervertebral disc degeneration in patients with lumbar degenerative disease using the Pfirrmann grading system and to determine whether Modic changes correlated with the Pfirrmann grades and modified Pfirrmann grades of disc degeneration. METHODS: The clinical data of 108 surgical patients with lumbar degenerative disease were reviewed and their preoperative MR images were analyzed. Disc degeneration was evaluated using the Pfirrmann grading system. Patients were followed up and low back pain was evaluated using the visual analog scale (VAS and the effect of back pain on the daily quality of life was assessed using Oswestry disability index (ODI. RESULTS: Forty-four cases had normal anatomical appearance (Modic type 0 and their Pfirrmann grades were 3.77±0.480 and their modified Pfirrmann grades were of 5.81±1.006. Twenty-seven cases had Modic type I changes and their Pfirrmann grades were 4.79±0.557 and their modified Pfirrmann grades were 7.00±0.832. Thirty-six cases exhibited Modic type II changes and their Pfirrmann grades and modified Pfirrmann grades were 4.11±0.398 and 6.64±0.867, respectively. One case had Modic type III changes. Kruskal-Wallis test revealed significant difference in modified Pfirrmann grade among Modic type 0, I and II changes (P0.05. Binary regression analysis showed that Modic changes correlated most strongly with disc degeneration. Follow up studies indicated that the VAS and ODI scores were markedly improved postoperatively. However, no difference was noted in VAS and ODI scores among patients with different Modic types. CONCLUSION: Modic changes correlate with the Pfirrmann and modified Pfirrmann grades of disc degeneration in lumbar degenerative disease. There is no significant correlation between Modic types and surgical outcomes.

  13. ELECTROACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT OF 176 CASES OF LUMBAR INTERVERTEBRAL DISC PROTRUSION

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    2002-01-01

    In the present paper,176 cases of lumbar intervertebral disc protusion are treated with electroacupuncture(EA) and topical heat irradiation.Local tender-point is used as the main acupoint ,combined with Tunzhong,Tiaoyue,Weizhong(BL40)and Yanglingquan(GB34).The treatment is conducted once daily,with 15 sessions being a therapeutic course,Following treatment,of 176 cases,46(26.1%) are cured.90(51.1%)have prominent improvement ,35(19.8%)have amelioration and 5(2.8%) have no apparent changes,with a total effective rate of 97.0%.

  14. ELECTROACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT OF 176 CASES OF LUMBAR INTERVERTEBRAL DISC PROTRUSION

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    LI Lanmin

    2002-01-01

    In the present paper, 176 cases of lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion are treated with electroacupuncture (EA) and topical heat irradiation. Local tender-point is used as the main acupoint, combined with Tunzhong, Tiaoyue, Weizhong (BL 40) and Yanglingquan (GB 34). The treatment is conducted once daily, with 15 sessions being a therapeutic course. Following treatment, of 176 cases, 46 (26. 1%) are cured, 90 (51. 1%) have prominent improvement, 35 (19.8%) have amelioration and 5 (2.8%) have no apparent changes, with a total effective rate of 97.0%.

  15. Huge Intracanal lumbar Disc Herniation: a Review of Four Cases

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    Farzad Omidi-Kashani

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Lumbar disc herniation (LDH is the most common cause of sciatica and only in about 10% of the affected patients, surgical intervention is necessary. The side of the patient (the side of most prominent clinical complaints is usually consistent with the side of imaging (the side with most prominent disc herniation on imaging scans. In this case series, we presented our experience in four cases with huge intracanal LDH that a mismatch between the patient’s side and the imaging’s side was present. In these cases, for deciding to do the operation, the physicians need to rely more on clinical findings, but for deciding the side of discectomy, imaging characteristic (imaging side may be a more important criterion.

  16. Limited effect of fly-wheel and spinal mobilization exercise countermeasures on lumbar spine deconditioning during 90 d bed-rest in the Toulouse LTBR study

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    Belavý, Daniel L.; Ohshima, Hiroshi; Bareille, Marie-Pierre; Rittweger, Jörn; Felsenberg, Dieter

    2011-09-01

    We examined the effect of high-load fly-wheel (targeting the lower-limb musculature and concurrent loading of the spine via shoulder restraints) and spinal movement countermeasures against lumbar spine muscle atrophy, disc and spinal morphology changes and trunk isokinetic torque loss during prolonged bed-rest. Twenty-four male subjects underwent 90 d head-down tilt bed-rest and performed either fly-wheel (FW) exercises every three days, spinal movement exercises in lying five times daily (SpMob), or no exercise (Ctrl). There was no significant impact of countermeasures on losses of isokinetic trunk flexion/extension ( p≥0.65). Muscle volume change by day-89 of bed-rest in the psoas, iliacus, lumbar erector spinae, lumbar multifidus and quadratus lumborum, as measured via magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), was statistically similar in all three groups ( p≥0.33). No significant effect on MRI-measures of lumbar intervertebral disc volume, spinal length and lordosis ( p≥0.09) were seen either, but there was some impact ( p≤0.048) on axial plane disc dimensions (greater reduction than in Ctrl) and disc height (greater increases than in Ctrl). MRI-data from subjects measured 13 and 90-days after bed-rest showed partial recovery of the spinal extensor musculature by day-13 after bed-rest with this process complete by day-90. Some changes in lumbar spine and disc morphology parameters were still persistent 90-days after bed-rest. The present results indicate that the countermeasures tested were not optimal to maintain integrity of the spine and trunk musculature during bed rest.

  17. Meralgia paraesthetica following lumbar spine surgery: A study in 110 consecutive surgically treated cases

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    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Lateral cutaneous femoral nerve (LCFN injury or Meralgia paraesthetica (MP results in restriction of activity. Compression of the nerve by disc hernia, retroperitoneal tumors, and external pressure around the anterior superior iliac spine is common. However, it is not commonly observed after lumbar spinal surgery in prone position. Study design: In this prospective study of 110 patients who underwent elective lumbar spinal surgery, managed from January 2002 to June 2002, the incidence, possible risk factors, etiopathogenesis and management of MP were analyzed. Results: There were 66 males and 44 females. The age of the patients ranged from 15 to 81 years (mean 46.9 yrs.. Thirteen patients (12% suffered from MP. It is more common in thinner individuals due to pressure injury to the nerve at its exit point. Ninety-two per cent of the patients were asymptomatic at follow-up after 6 months. In 7 out of 13 patients, patchy sensory loss on clinical examination was seen at 6 months. Conclusion: MP after posterior lumbar spinal surgery is uncommon. Smaller bolsters may avoid some of the vulnerable pressure points, as the surface area available is relatively smaller. The posts of the Hall-Relton frame over the anterior superior iliac crest should be adequately padded. The condition is usually self-limiting. Surgical division or decompression of the LCFN is reserved for persistent or severe MP.

  18. Surgical management of Juxtafacet cysts in the lumbar spine.

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    Yurt, Alaattin; Seçer, Mehmet; Aydın, Murat; Akçay, Emrah; Ertürk, Ali Rıza; Akkol, İsmail; Yılmaz, Hakan; Palaz, Mahmut Necdet

    2016-05-01

    Juxtafacet cysts of the lumbar spine are extradural degenerative lesions associated with symptoms of lower back pain and radiculopathy. The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of surgery and address controversial issues in the treatment of symptomatic juxta facet cysts in the Neurosurgical Department of our hospital and review of the literature. Data from seven patients (age range 58-68 years, mean age 63 years) with low back and radicular leg pain due to a lumbar facet joint cyst were retrospectively analyzed. Demographic data, cyst level, presence of concominant local pathology, treatment and results of treatment were recorded. After surgery there was no case of a recurrent cyst during the follow-up period. The mean follow-up period of patients at the time of this study was 4 years. All patients had back pain, while five also experienced unilateral radicular leg pain and two had bilateral leg pain. Four patients had neurogenic claudication. MRI identified the cyst and highlighted underlying pathology in all cases. All patients underwent surgical cyst excision. Post-operatively, all patients showed a total resolution of symptoms with sustained benefit at final evaluation. Surgery is a safe and effective treatment for lumbar juxtafacet cysts. Copyright © 2016 IJS Publishing Group Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Neutral lumbar spine sitting posture in pain-free subjects.

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    O'Sullivan, Kieran; O'Dea, Patrick; Dankaerts, Wim; O'Sullivan, Peter; Clifford, Amanda; O'Sullivan, Leonard

    2010-12-01

    Sitting is a common aggravating factor in low back pain (LBP), and re-education of sitting posture is a common aspect of LBP management. However, there is debate regarding what is an optimal sitting posture. This pilot study had 2 aims; to investigate whether pain-free subjects can be reliably positioned in a neutral sitting posture (slight lumbar lordosis and relaxed thorax); and to compare perceptions of neutral sitting posture to habitual sitting posture (HSP). The lower lumbar spine HSP of seventeen pain-free subjects was initially recorded. Subjects then assumed their own subjectively perceived ideal posture (SPIP). Finally, 2 testers independently positioned the subjects into a tester perceived neutral posture (TPNP). The inter-tester reliability of positioning in TPNP was very good (intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) = 0.91, mean difference = 3% of range of motion). A repeated measures ANOVA revealed that HSP was significantly more flexed than both SPIP and TPNP (p 0.05). HSP was more kyphotic than all other postures. This study suggests that pain-free subjects can be reliably positioned in a neutral lumbar sitting posture. Further investigation into the role of neutral sitting posture in LBP subjects is warranted. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Primary Epidural Peripheral Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor of the Lumbar Spine: A Case Report

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    Choi, Woo Jung; Lee, Seung Hun; Joo, Kyung Bin [Dept. of Radiology, Hanyang University Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Paik, Seung Sam; Jun, Young Jin [Dept. of Pathology, Hanyang University Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Young Ho [Dept. of Pediatrics, Hanyang University Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-05-15

    A primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET) is a highly malignant tumor in children and young adults, and extremely rare in the spine. We report a case of a primary epidural peripheral PNET of the lumbar spine. The present extremely rare case of primary epidural peripheral PNET of the lumbar spine illustrates the unexpected occurrence and should be included in differential diagnoses for patients with spinal tumors.

  1. Three-dimensional lumbar spine vertebral motion during running using indwelling bone pins.

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    MacWilliams, Bruce A; Rozumalski, Adam; Swanson, Andrew N; Wervey, Roy; Dykes, Daryll C; Novacheck, Tom F; Schwartz, Michael H

    2014-12-15

    Eight healthy volunteers participated in this observational study. Quantify 3-dimensional motions of the lumbar vertebrae during running via direct in vivo measurement and compare these motions to walking data from the same technique and running data from a skin-mounted technique. Lumbar spine motions in running are only reported in 1 series of articles using a skin-mounted technique subject to overestimation and only instrumented a single vertebra. Reflective marker triads were attached to Kirschner wires inserted into the spinous processes of L1-S1. Anatomic registration between each vertebra and attached triad was achieved using spinal computed tomographic scans. Skin-mounted trunk markers were used to assess thoracic motions. Subjects ran several times in a calibrated volume at self-selected speed while 3-dimensional motion data were collected. Lumbar spine flexion and pelvic rotation patterns in running were reversed compared with walking. Increased lumbar spine motions during running occurred at the most inferior segments. Thoracic spine, lumbar spine and pelvis exhibited significantly greater range of sagittal plane motion with running. The pelvis had significantly greater range of frontal plane motion, and the thoracic spine had significantly greater range of transverse plane motion with running. Skin-mounted studies reported as much as 4 times the motion range determined by the indwelling bone pin techniques, indicating that the skin motion relative to the underlying bone during running was greater than the motion of the underlying vertebrae. The lumbar spine acts as a distinct functional segment in the spine during running, chiefly contributing lateral flexion to balance the relative motions between the trunk and pelvis. The lumbar spine is also shown to oppose thoracic spine sagittal flexion. While the lumbar spine chiefly contributes to frontal plane motion, the thoracic spine contributes the majority of the transverse plane motion. N/A.

  2. Serial MRI findings of osteoporotic vertebral fractures in the thoracic and lumbar spine

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    Hamada, Yoshitaka; Henmi, Tatsuhiko; Sakamoto, Rintaro; Hiasa, Masahiko [Health Insurance Naruto Hospital, Tokushima (Japan)

    1998-12-01

    The prognosis of osteoporotic vertebral fractures in the thoracic and lumbar spine was studied by serial MRI findings. This study covered 80 vertebrae in 69 patients treated conservatively and followed-up for more than six months (23 males and 46 females, average age 70 yrs). Group A, characterized by poor diagnostic imaging, consisted of patients who had both severely collapsed vertebra which was progressive in the lateral roentgenogram and delayed improvement in MRI signal intensities. Group B, consisting of poor clinical prognosis, comprised patients with persistent back pain. The predictive factors for Group A were found to be T{sub 1}-low finding over the entire vertebra within one month after injury and fractures of Th{sub 12} or L{sub 1} vertebra. Areas of T{sub 1}-low and T{sub 2}-low intensity adjacent to the vertebral disc presented no improvement in signal intensity and often caused persistent back pain. (author)

  3. Morphology and function of the lumbar spine of the Kebara 2 Neandertal.

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    Been, Ella; Peleg, Smadar; Marom, Assaf; Barash, Alon

    2010-08-01

    The morphology of the lumbar spine is crucial for upright posture and bipedal walking in hominids. The excellent preservation of the lumbar spine of Kebara 2 provides us a rare opportunity to observe a complete spine and explore its functionally relevant morphology. The lumbar spine of Kebara 2 is analyzed and compared with the lumbar spines of modern humans and late Pleistocene hominids. Although no size differences between the vertebral bodies and pedicles of Kebara 2 and modern humans are found, significant differences in the size and orientation of the transverse processes (L(1)-L(4)), and the laminae (L(5), S(1)) are demonstrated. The similarity in the size of the vertebral bodies and pedicles of Kebara 2 and modern humans suggests similarity in axial load transmission along the lumbar spine. The laterally projected (L(2)-L(4)) and the cranially oriented (L(1), L(3)) transverse processes of Kebara 2 show an advantage for lateral flexion of the lumbar spine compared with modern humans. The characteristic morphology of the lumbar spine of Kebara 2 might be related to the wide span of its pelvic bones.

  4. Treatment of Protrusion of the Lumbar Intervertebral Disc by TCM Massage

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    龙亚军

    2002-01-01

    @@ Protrusion of the lumbar intervertebral disc is a common disorder frequently encountered in clinic. With TCM massage and the maneuver of manual reduction, we have treated 82 cases of protrusion of the lumbar intervertebral disc, with satisfactory therapeutic results reported in the following.

  5. Postoperative Care of Lumbar Disc Herniation%腰椎间盘突出症术后护理

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    胡耀芬

    2014-01-01

    目的:通过总结手术治疗腰间盘突出症术后护理体会,探讨腰椎后路术后临床护理的经验。方法回顾自2005年3月~2013年5月行腰椎后路椎间盘髓核摘除术术后护理的体会。结果采取健康护理的115例患者,均取得较满意的临床效果。%Objective To summarize the operation treatment of lumbar disc herniation postoperative nursing experience, explore the clinical nursing experience after lumbar spine surgery. Method From 2005 March to 2013:review of May for posterior lumbar discectomy in nursing care of postoperative. Results:115 cases of patients to health care, have achieved a satisfactory clinical ef ect.

  6. Comparative analysis of morphological and topometric parameters of lumbar spine in normal state and in degenerative-dystrophic changes

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    Anisimova Е.А.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: to carry out comparative analysis and identify patterns of topographic variation patterns of lumbar spine in normal and degenerative changes. Material and methods. CT- and MRT-grams for men and women I (M1-22-35 years; W — 21-35 years and II (M2-36-60 years; W2-36-55 years periods of mature age with no signs of trauma, scoliosis and systemic diseases of the spine (n=140 and CT- and MRT-grams in patients with revealed degenerative changes in the lumbar spine degree II-III (n=120. The pictures with digital PACS system measure the height of the vertebral body, intervertebral disc height, vertical, horizontal diameter and the area of intervertebral foramen. Results. The height of the lumbar vertebral bodies normally increased from27,90±0,38mmatthe level of L, to 29,93±0,33 mm Lm, and then decreased to 24,35±0,27 mm at level L^, in osteochondrosis it is statistically significantly lower at all levels on average by 20%. The height of the intervertebral disc with osteochondrosis below at all levels by an average of 25% of its value in the range 5,27±0,19 to 6,13±0,17mm, while the normal disc height varies from 6,88±030 to 9,36±0,28mm. The area of intervertebral holes normally ranging from 103,29±5,78 to 127,99±5,92mm2, with osteochondrosis aperture area is reduced to a greater extent by decreasing the vertical diameter in comparison with the horizontal. Conclusion. For the studied parameters characteristic topographic variability has been determined. The maximum values parameters are marked at the top of the lumbar lordosis, at chest height, lumbar and lumbosacral junctions sizes are reduced. In osteochondrosis the intervertebral disc height and the height of lumbar vertebral bodies are reduced; intervertebral foramina area is also reduced to a greater extent by reducing the vertical diameter than the horizontal one.

  7. Loads in the lumbar spine during traction therapy.

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    Lee, R Y; Evans, J H

    2001-01-01

    The purpose of the present study was to determine the loads acting on the lumbar spine when traction therapy was given in the Fowler's position. The study had two parts: a theoretical analysis which showed that traction produced a flexion moment on the spine as well as axial distraction; and an experimental study which measured the flexion moment induced by the adoption of the Fowler's position. The Fowler's position is clinically essential in that it flexes the spine and takes up the slack of the posterior tissues before the traction force is applied. Hence the axial tension and flexion moment generated by the traction force are more effective in stretching the posterior tissues. The angle of pull on the traction harness influences the friction between the body and the couch. However, this consideration is not necessary if a split traction table is used. The mechanical effects of traction are compared with those produced by postero-anterior mobilisation. The relative magnitude and direction of loads produced, and their variation with segmental level should be considered by therapists when choosing a technique for treating low back pain.

  8. Finite element analysis of weightbath hydrotraction treatment of degenerated lumbar spine segments in elastic phase.

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    Kurutz, M; Oroszváry, L

    2010-02-10

    3D finite element models of human lumbar functional spinal units (FSU) were used for numerical analysis of weightbath hydrotraction therapy (WHT) applied for treating degenerative diseases of the lumbar spine. Five grades of age-related degeneration were modeled by material properties. Tensile material parameters of discs were obtained by parameter identification based on in vivo measured elongations of lumbar segments during regular WHT, compressive material constants were obtained from the literature. It has been proved numerically that young adults of 40-45 years have the most deformable and vulnerable discs, while the stability of segments increases with further aging. The reasons were found by analyzing the separated contrasting effects of decreasing incompressibility and increasing hardening of nucleus, yielding non-monotonous functions of stresses and deformations in terms of aging and degeneration. WHT consists of indirect and direct traction phases. Discs show a bilinear material behaviour with higher resistance in indirect and smaller in direct traction phase. Consequently, although the direct traction load is only 6% of the indirect one, direct traction deformations are 15-90% of the indirect ones, depending on the grade of degeneration. Moreover, the ratio of direct stress relaxation remains equally about 6-8% only. Consequently, direct traction controlled by extra lead weights influences mostly the deformations being responsible for the nerve release; while the stress relaxation is influenced mainly by the indirect traction load coming from the removal of the compressive body weight and muscle forces in the water. A mildly degenerated disc in WHT shows 0.15mm direct, 0.45mm indirect and 0.6mm total extension; 0.2mm direct, 0.6mm indirect and 0.8mm total posterior contraction. A severely degenerated disc exhibits 0.05mm direct, 0.05mm indirect and 0.1mm total extension; 0.05mm direct, 0.25mm indirect and 0.3mm total posterior contraction. These

  9. Treatment of Protrusion of the Lumbar Intervertebral Disc by Massotherapy

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    2001-01-01

    @@Clinically, there is a higher incidence of protrusion of the lumbar intervertebral disc. It can cause a terrible pain. The author has treated 66 cases by massotherapy, who were confirmatively diagnosed as having protrusion of the lumbar intervertebral disc by X-ray film and computer-aided tomography, with satisfactory results as reported in the following. Clinical Data Among the 66 cases in this series, 49 were male and 17 female, ranging in age from 26 to 59 years, averaging 36.2 years. All the patients had got lumbago and unilateral ischialgia, with the left side affected in 37 cases and the right side in 29 cases. The leg pain radiating to lateral malleolus was found in 28 cases, to dorsum of the foot in 24 cases, and to the toes in 14 cases. Intermittent claudication was present in 22 cases, numbness of the affected foot in 16 cases, pain exacerbated when coughing in 35 cases, scoliosis in 21 cases, and positive Lasegue's sign in 48 cases.

  10. The Value of Routine MR Myelography at MRI of the Lumbar Spine

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    O' Connell, M. J.; Ryan, M.; Powell, T.; Eustace, S. [Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital and Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin (Ireland). Dept. of Radiology

    2003-11-01

    Purpose: To determine whether a commercially available automated MR myelogram sequence improves the interpretation and diagnostic yield at MRI of the lumbar spine. Material and Methods: A total of 207 consecutive patients referred for MR examination of the lumbar spine for evaluation of low back pain or spinal radicular symptoms were included for study. All patients had initial imaging with sagittal T1-W and T2-W scans, followed by axial T2-W images. Subsequently an MR myelogram was acquired in each case in coronal, sagittal and oblique planes. MR myelogram images were evaluated initially and a diagnosis was established and recorded. Subsequently, a diagnosis was established by review of conventional images of the lumbar spine in sagittal and axial planes, in conjunction with the MR myelogram. The utility of the MR myelogram in establishing the diagnosis was graded on a 4-point scale, where grade 0 indicated that it contributed no additional information and grade 3 indicated that it was essential for diagnosis. Analysis of the additional value of myelography in patients with multilevel disease was made. Results: Primary diagnoses were disc herniation in 69 cases (33%), degenerative disc disease in 51 cases (26%), spinal stenosis in 19 cases (9%), isolated lateral recess stenosis in 5 cases (2%), or other diagnoses, including facet degeneration in 48 cases (23%). Scans were normal in 15 cases (7%). MR myelography was graded as grade 0 in 151 cases (73%), grade 1 in 44 cases (21%) and grade 2 in 12 cases (6%). In no case was MR myelography essential for diagnosis (grade 3). In patients with multilevel disease (n=27), in 17 cases MR myelography was graded as grade 1 (63%) and in 8 cases grade 2 (30%). Conclusion: MR myelography when employed in routine practice was of limited value, assisting in establishing a diagnosis in a minority of cases (6%). The technique was of limited additional value in patients with multilevel pathology and to a lesser extent in patients

  11. Evaluation of temperature distributions in cadaveric lumbar spine during nucleoplasty

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    Nau, William H.; Diederich, Chris J.

    2004-04-01

    In this study, temperature maps were obtained throughout human cadaveric disc specimens (n = 6) during a simulated Nucleoplasty™ treatment. The procedure was performed using the Perc-DL SpineWand™ (ArthroCare, Sunnyvale, CA) inserted through a 17 gage needle into the human cadaveric disc. The device uses a dual mode heating technique which employs a high voltage radio frequency (RF) plasma field to vaporize tissue (Coblation®), followed by bipolar RF current heating for thermal coagulation. The device, with a distal 's-curve', is manipulated manually to create a series of six channels at a 60° angular spacing within a period of 3 min. A computer-controlled, motorized translational system was used to reproducibly mimic the insertion (Coblation) and retraction (rf-coagulation) performed during clinical implementation, with rotation performed manually between each Coblation/coagulation cycle. Transient temperature data were obtained using five multi-junction thermocouple probes (5-8 junctions spaced at either 2 or 5 mm intervals, with 0.33 or 0.56 mm probe diameter) spaced throughout the desired heating volume. Transient temperature curves were obtained from 26+ points throughout the disc, and the data used to calculate accumulated thermal doses. Transient peaks of 80-90 °C were recorded within the discs, with temperatures greater than 60-65 °C measured within a radial distance of 3-4 mm from the introducer (applicator centreline). Accumulated thermal doses of t43 > 250 min were produced at radial distances of up to 6 mm from the introducer. Gross inspection of the discs revealed a narrow region of coagulation along the insertion length. Given these radial thermal penetrations and the possibility for unpredictable positioning during current clinical implementation, high temperatures and lethal thermal doses in small regions outside of the nucleus, or within the bone endplates, may be possible in clinical implementation.

  12. Evaluation of temperature distributions in cadaveric lumbar spine during nucleoplasty

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    Nau, William H; Diederich, Chris J [Thermal Therapy Research Group, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of California, San Francisco, CA (United States)

    2004-04-21

    In this study, temperature maps were obtained throughout human cadaveric disc specimens (n = 6) during a simulated Nucleoplasty [trade mark] treatment. The procedure was performed using the Perc-DL SpineWand [trade mark] (ArthroCare, Sunnyvale, CA) inserted through a 17 gage needle into the human cadaveric disc. The device uses a dual mode heating technique which employs a high voltage radio frequency (RF) plasma field to vaporize tissue (Coblation (registered)), followed by bipolar RF current heating for thermal coagulation. The device, with a distal 's-curve', is manipulated manually to create a series of six channels at a 60 deg. angular spacing within a period of 3 min. A computer-controlled, motorized translational system was used to reproducibly mimic the insertion (Coblation) and retraction (rf-coagulation) performed during clinical implementation, with rotation performed manually between each Coblation/coagulation cycle. Transient temperature data were obtained using five multi-junction thermocouple probes (5-8 junctions spaced at either 2 or 5 mm intervals, with 0.33 or 0.56 mm probe diameter) spaced throughout the desired heating volume. Transient temperature curves were obtained from 26+ points throughout the disc, and the data used to calculate accumulated thermal doses. Transient peaks of 80-90 deg. C were recorded within the discs, with temperatures greater than 60-65 deg. C measured within a radial distance of 3-4 mm from the introducer (applicator centreline). Accumulated thermal doses of t{sub 43} > 250 min were produced at radial distances of up to 6 mm from the introducer. Gross inspection of the discs revealed a narrow region of coagulation along the insertion length. Given these radial thermal penetrations and the possibility for unpredictable positioning during current clinical implementation, high temperatures and lethal thermal doses in small regions outside of the nucleus, or within the bone endplates, may be possible in clinical

  13. Comparison of MR myelography with conventional myelography lumbar disc diseases

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    Jung, Kyung Jae; Youn, Eun Kyung; Kim, Jung Hyeon; Lee, Seung Hee; Lee, Young Uk; Kim, Dong Joo [Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1996-02-01

    To compare MR myelography(MRM) using heavily T2 weighted fast spin echo(FSE) with conventional myelography in the evaluation of lumbar degenerative disc diseases. A total of 50 patients with lumbar degenerative disc diseases underwent both MRM and conventional myelography. A 1.5 T Sigma MR system was used. For MRM, heavily T2 weighted FSE pulse sequences were performed in sagittal, coronal and both oblique planes. The images of MRM and conventional myelography were analyzed retrospectively and compared, focusing on the pattern of compression of the cal sac and nerve roots. MRM yielded comparable images to conventional myelography in 68% (34/50). MRM was superior to conventional myelography in 11 cases (22%), and the opposite resulted in 5 cases(10%). MRM could visualize the spinal canal below the level of complete block in 6 patients, provided better contrast in the cases of dural ectasia in 3 cases and better delineation of individual nerve roots with source images in 1 case. Additional informations such as incidental retroperitoneal vascular malformation and extravasation of the CSF could be obtained by MRM in 1 case each. Disadvantages of MRM were poor contrast in the cases of multiple spinal stenosis, obscuration of the nerve roots by engorged paraspinal vessels, and occasional difficulty in defining the levels due to vanishment of the bony background image. MRM is a safe, noninvasive, nonionizing which in very effective in evaluating the lumbosacral disc disease. Use of FSE-MRM in addition to the routine MR imaging could be very helpful not only for better evaluation of nerve roots but also for the additional informations.

  14. Comparison of preoperative neuroradiographic findings and surgical findings in lumbar disc herniation

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    Takahara, Kazuhiro; Sera, Keisuke; Nakamura, Masakazu; Uchida, Takeshi [Nagasaki Mitsubishi Hospital (Japan); Ito, Nobuyuki

    1997-09-01

    Surgical findings in lumbar disc hernia were compared to pre-operative MRI, CTM and myelogram findings. Ninety-one cases were studied using Love`s method. The accuracy of hernia diagnosis in MRI was 59.3%, 41.2% in CTM, and 35.2% in myelogram. At the L5/S1 disc level, the accuracy of hernia diagnosis by CTM and myelogram was decreased. MRI was useful for the diagnosis and cure of lumbar disc herniation. (author)

  15. Comparison of percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy and open lumbar surgery for adjacent segment degeneration and recurrent disc herniation.

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    Chen, Huan-Chieh; Lee, Chih-Hsun; Wei, Li; Lui, Tai-Ngar; Lin, Tien-Jen

    2015-01-01

    Objective. The goal of the present study was to examine the clinical results of percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD) and open lumbar surgery for patients with adjacent segment degeneration (ASD) and recurrence of disc herniation. Methods. From December 2011 to November 2013, we collected forty-three patients who underwent repeated lumbar surgery. These patients, either received PELD (18 patients) or repeated open lumbar surgery (25 patients), due to ASD or recurrence of disc herniation at L3-4, L4-5, or L5-S1 level, were assigned to different groups according to the surgical approaches. Clinical data were assessed and compared. Results. Mean blood loss was significantly less in the PELD group as compared to the open lumbar surgery group (P < 0.0001). Hospital stay and mean operating time were shorter significantly in the PELD group as compared to the open lumbar surgery group (P < 0.0001). Immediate postoperative pain improvement in VAS was 3.5 in the PELD group and -0.56 in the open lumbar surgery group (P < 0.0001). Conclusion. For ASD and recurrent lumbar disc herniation, PELD had more advantages over open lumbar surgery in terms of reduced blood loss, shorter hospital stay, operating time, fewer complications, and less postoperative discomfort.

  16. Comparison of Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy and Open Lumbar Surgery for Adjacent Segment Degeneration and Recurrent Disc Herniation

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    Huan-Chieh Chen

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. The goal of the present study was to examine the clinical results of percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD and open lumbar surgery for patients with adjacent segment degeneration (ASD and recurrence of disc herniation. Methods. From December 2011 to November 2013, we collected forty-three patients who underwent repeated lumbar surgery. These patients, either received PELD (18 patients or repeated open lumbar surgery (25 patients, due to ASD or recurrence of disc herniation at L3-4, L4-5, or L5-S1 level, were assigned to different groups according to the surgical approaches. Clinical data were assessed and compared. Results. Mean blood loss was significantly less in the PELD group as compared to the open lumbar surgery group P<0.0001. Hospital stay and mean operating time were shorter significantly in the PELD group as compared to the open lumbar surgery group P<0.0001. Immediate postoperative pain improvement in VAS was 3.5 in the PELD group and −0.56 in the open lumbar surgery group P<0.0001. Conclusion. For ASD and recurrent lumbar disc herniation, PELD had more advantages over open lumbar surgery in terms of reduced blood loss, shorter hospital stay, operating time, fewer complications, and less postoperative discomfort.

  17. Quantitative in vivo MRI evaluation of lumbar facet joints and intervertebral discs using axial T2 mapping

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    Stelzeneder, David; Messner, Alina; Scheurecker, Georg; Goed, Sabine; Friedrich, Klaus M.; Trattnig, Siegfried [Medical University of Vienna, Department of Radiology, MR Centre-High Field MR, Vienna (Austria); Vlychou, Marianna [Medical University of Vienna, Department of Radiology, MR Centre-High Field MR, Vienna (Austria); University Hospital of Larissa, Department of Radiology, Larissa (Greece); Welsch, Goetz H. [Medical University of Vienna, Department of Radiology, MR Centre-High Field MR, Vienna (Austria); University of Erlangen, Department of Trauma Surgery, Erlangen (Germany); Pieber, Karin; Pflueger, Verena [Medical University of Vienna, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vienna (Austria)

    2011-11-15

    To assess the feasibility of T2 mapping of lumbar facet joints and intervertebral discs in a single imaging slab and to compare the findings with morphological grading. Sixty lumbar spine segments from 10 low back pain patients and 5 healthy volunteers were examined by axial T2 mapping and morphological MRI at 3.0 Tesla. Regions of interest were drawn on a single slice for the facet joints and the intervertebral discs (nucleus pulposus, anterior and posterior annulus fibrosus). The Weishaupt grading was used for facet joints and the Pfirrmann score was used for morphological disc grading (''normal'' vs. ''abnormal'' discs). The inter-rater agreement was excellent for the facet joint T2 evaluation (r = 0.85), but poor for the morphological Weishaupt grading (kappa = 0.15). The preliminary results show similar facet joint T2 values in segments with normal and abnormal Pfirrmann scores. There was no difference in mean T2 values between facet joints in different Weishaupt grading groups. Facet joint T2 values showed a weak correlation with T2 values of the posterior annulus (r = 0.32) This study demonstrates the feasibility of a combined T2 mapping approach for the facet joints and intervertebral discs using a single axial slab. (orig.)

  18. Posterior Transpedicular Dynamic Stabilization versus Total Disc Replacement in the Treatment of Lumbar Painful Degenerative Disc Disease: A Comparison of Clinical Results

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    Tunc Oktenoglu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Study Design. Prospective clinical study. Objective. This study compares the clinical results of anterior lumbar total disc replacement and posterior transpedicular dynamic stabilization in the treatment of degenerative disc disease. Summary and Background Data. Over the last two decades, both techniques have emerged as alternative treatment options to fusion surgery. Methods. This study was conducted between 2004 and 2010 with a total of 50 patients (25 in each group. The mean age of the patients in total disc prosthesis group was 37,32 years. The mean age of the patients in posterior dynamic transpedicular stabilization was 43,08. Clinical (VAS and Oswestry and radiological evaluations (lumbar lordosis and segmental lordosis angles of the patients were carried out prior to the operation and 3, 12, and 24 months after the operation. We compared the average duration of surgery, blood loss during the surgery and the length of hospital stay of both groups. Results. Both techniques offered significant improvements in clinical parameters. There was no significant change in radiologic evaluations after the surgery for both techniques. Conclusion. Both dynamic systems provided spine stability. However, the posterior dynamic system had a slight advantage over anterior disc prosthesis because of its convenient application and fewer possible complications.

  19. Transabdominal sonography of lumbar intervertebral discs and intraspinal structures

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    Toelly, E.

    1984-11-01

    This paper reports a prospective study on 64 patients in whom sonography was used to diagnose pathological changes in lumbar discs and intraspinal space occupying lesions; the results were compared with myelography and computer assisted tomography (CAT). The sonography device used was a mechanical sector scanner with a medium focused transducer with a frequency of 3.5 MHz. The normal and pathological anatomy as shown by ultrasound was correlated to the known anatomy of CAT-scanning; the nerve roots, the dural sac and the intervertebral disc were recognizable in sonography and in CAT. The extent of an intraspinal lesion beyond the upper and lower limiting planes of the intervertebral discs were not demonstrable by ultrasound. The sonographic study was at least partially successful in 55 of 64 patients (86%). It failed in 14% (9 cases) because of obesity or because of diminution of the intervertebral space. The study revealed a specifity and sensitivity of transabdominal spinal sonography of 0.86 respectively 0.84.

  20. Longitudinal study of high intensity zones on MR of lumbar intervertebral discs

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    Mitra, D. E-mail: dipayan.mitra@nuth.northy.nhs.uk; Cassar-Pullicino, V.N.; McCall, I.W

    2004-11-01

    AIM: To study the temporal evolution of high intensity zones (HIZ) on MRI in patients with degenerative disease of the lumbar spine, and to evaluate whether any correlation exist between such evolution and in patient's symptoms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: HIZs in the MRI of 56 patients were included in the study. Each Patient had an initial and a follow-up scan performed at various time intervals. Scans were assessed for any change in HIZs by two observers (D. M. and I. W. M.). Patients' symptoms were assessed for by visual analogue score (VAS), the Oswestry Questionnaire Score (OQS) and patients' subjective assessment of change in symptoms. Any MRI feature, apart from HIZs, which could independently explain a patient's change in symptoms, was considered to be a confounding factor. Data were analysed separately in the whole group as well as in the group without confounding factors. RESULTS: On follow-up MRI, HIZs were found to have resolved in 17 lumbar disc levels (26.6%), improved in 9 (14%), worsened in 12 (18.8%) and remained unchanged in 26 (40.6%) at lumbar disc levels. Chi-square testing did not demonstrate any correlation between HIZ changes and evolution of patients' subjective symptoms (p=0.26 for the whole group; p=0.07 for the group without confounding factors). Similar lack of meaningful relationship was noted between HIZ changes and the VAS and OQS scores. CONCLUSION: We conclude that HIZs either do not change or improve spontaneously in a large proportion of cases over a period of time. Furthermore, there is no statistical correlation between HIZ changes and change in a patient's symptoms.

  1. Does elite swimming accelerate lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration and increase low back pain? A cross-sectional comparison.

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    Folkvardsen, Steffen; Magnussen, Erland; Karppinen, Jaro; Auvinen, Juha; Larsen, Rasmus Hertzum; Wong, Christian; Bendix, Tom

    2016-09-01

    The aim was to elucidate elite swimming's possible influence on lumbar disc degeneration (DD) and low back pain (LBP). Lumbar spine MRI was performed on a group of elite swimmers and compared to a matched Finnish population-based no-sport group. One hundred elite swimmers and 96 no-sport adults, mean age 18.7/20.8, respectively, participated. Overall, the two groups had similar prevalence of DD. Swimmers had more DD in the upper lumbar spine but tended to have less DD at the lowest level. Prevalence of bulges and disc herniations were similar, but swimmers had significantly more bulges at L4-5. The swimmers reported less LBP, although not significantly (N.S.). If degenerative findings were present, the association between them and LBP was stronger in the no-sport group. Elite swimmers and controls had similar prevalence of DD and LBP, although the pattern of DD differed between the groups. In case of DD, swimmers reported less LBP, although N.S.

  2. CT of lumbar spine disk herniation: correlation with surgical findings

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    Firooznia, H.; Benjamin, V.; Kricheff, I.I.; Rafii, M.; Golimbu, C.

    1984-03-01

    Computed tomography (CT) of the lumbar spine was performed with selectively positioned 5-mm-thick axial cross sections to examine each disk level from the top of the neural foramen to the pedicle of the next caudad vertebra. One hundred consecutive patients with 116 surgical disk explorations were reviewed. There was agreement between the CT and surgical findings in 89 patients (104 explorations) in determination of presence or absence of a herniated nucleus pulposus (HNP). Discrepancy occurred in 12 instances (11 patients): two because of incorrect interpretations, five in previously operated patients, three in spondylolisthesis, and two in spinal stenosis. There were 97 true-positives, eight false-negatives, seven true-negatives, and four false-positives. If nine previously operated patients are excluded from the study, then CT was accurate in detection of presence or absence of an HNP in 93% of the disk explorations.

  3. Comparison Of Percutaneous Laser Discectomy With Other Modalities For The Treatment Of Herniated Lumbar Discs And Cadaveric Studies Of Percutaneous Laser Discectomy

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    Johansen, W. E.; Smith, Chadwick F.; Vangsness, Thomas; McEleney, Emmett T.; Yamaguchi, Ken; Bales, Peter

    1987-03-01

    Current modalities for treating a herniated lumbar disc include standard open discectomy, microsurgical discectomy, chemonucleoysis and percutaneous discectomy. The Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved percutaneous laser discectomy for clinical investigation. The investigators believe that percutaneous laser discectomy combines the efficacy of both chemonucleoysis and percutaneous discectomy with the safety of both open standard discectomy and microsurgical discectomy. The investigators removed two lumbar discs from a cadaveric spine and weighed each of them. The two lumbar discs weighed in the range of 13.654 grams and 15.713 grams, respectively. The investigators initiated several series of 10 firing cycles from a surgical carbon dioxide laser system. In each firing cycle the surgical carbon dioxide laser system delivered a beam of light energy having an output power of 18.0 watts at pulse duration of 0.045 second at the rate of 15 pulses per second for a period of 6 seconds and vaporized approximately 325 milligrams of disc material. Based on the findings of other investigators reported in the literature relating to percutaneous discectomy the investigators postulated that 10 to 20 firing cycles are required to vaporize 30 to 40% (2.4 to 6.4 grams) of the disc material. The investigators initiated two series of 10 firing cycles in order to perform laser discectomy in a third lumbar disc of the cadaveric spine in situ. The investigators harvested and then bisected the laser-treated third lumbar disc for gross review. Their gross findings indicated a high probability of success For percutaneous laser discectomy.

  4. A 1-D model of the nonlinear dynamics of the human lumbar intervertebral disc

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    Marini, Giacomo; Huber, Gerd; Püschel, Klaus; Ferguson, Stephen J.

    2017-01-01

    Lumped parameter models of the spine have been developed to investigate its response to whole body vibration. However, these models assume the behaviour of the intervertebral disc to be linear-elastic. Recently, the authors have reported on the nonlinear dynamic behaviour of the human lumbar intervertebral disc. This response was shown to be dependent on the applied preload and amplitude of the stimuli. However, the mechanical properties of a standard linear elastic model are not dependent on the current deformation state of the system. The aim of this study was therefore to develop a model that is able to describe the axial, nonlinear quasi-static response and to predict the nonlinear dynamic characteristics of the disc. The ability to adapt the model to an individual disc's response was a specific focus of the study, with model validation performed against prior experimental data. The influence of the numerical parameters used in the simulations was investigated. The developed model exhibited an axial quasi-static and dynamic response, which agreed well with the corresponding experiments. However, the model needs further improvement to capture additional peculiar characteristics of the system dynamics, such as the change of mean point of oscillation exhibited by the specimens when oscillating in the region of nonlinear resonance. Reference time steps were identified for specific integration scheme. The study has demonstrated that taking into account the nonlinear-elastic behaviour typical of the intervertebral disc results in a predicted system oscillation much closer to the physiological response than that provided by linear-elastic models. For dynamic analysis, the use of standard linear-elastic models should be avoided, or restricted to study cases where the amplitude of the stimuli is relatively small.

  5. Herb formula "Fufangqishe-Pill" prevents upright posture-induced intervertebral disc degeneration at the lumbar in rats.

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    Liang, Qian-Qian; Xi, Zhi-Jie; Bian, Qin; Cui, Xue-Jun; Li, Chen-Guang; Hou, Wei; Shi, Qi; Wang, Yong-Jun

    2010-01-01

    Degeneration of the lumbar spine plays an important role in most chronic low back pain. Prevention of lumbar intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration is therefore a high research priority. Both our previous multicenter clinical trials and pharmacological research showed that Fufangqishe-Pill (FFQSP), a newly patented traditional Chinese medicine, could effectively relieve the symptoms of neck pain and prevent cervical degeneration. To clarify the effect of FFQSP on lumbar IVD degeneration, we applied a lumbar IVD degeneration rat model induced by prolonged upright posture. Pretreatment of FFQSP for one month prevented the histological changes indicating IVD disorganization; increased type II-collagen level, decreased type X-collagen protein level, and increased Col2alpha1 mRNA expression at all time points; and decreased Col10alpha1, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-3, MMP13, and Interleukin (IL)-1beta mRNA expression induced by upright posture for 7 and 9 months. These results suggest that FFQSP prevents lumbar IVD degeneration induced by upright posture. FFQSP is a promising medicine for lumbar IVD degeneration disease.

  6. The influences of bowel condition with lumbar spine BMD measurement

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    Yoon, Joon; Lee, Hoo Min; Lee, Jung Min; Kwon, Soon Mu; Cho, Hyung Wook [Dept. of Radiologic Technology, Dongnam Health College, Suwon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Yun Min; Kang, Yeong Han; Kim, Boo Soon; Kim, Jung Soo [Dept. of Diagonostic Radiology, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-12-15

    Bone density measurement use of diagnosis of osteoporosis and it is an important indicator for treatment as well as prevention. But errors in degree of precision of BMD can be occurred by status of patient, bone densitometer and radiological technologist. Therefore the author evaluated that how BMD changes according to the condition of the patient. As Lumbar region, which could lead to substantial effects on bone density by diverse factors such as the water, food, intentional bowels. We recognized a change of bone mineral density in accordance with the height of the water tank and in the presence or absence of the gas using the Aluminum Spine Phantom. We also figured out the influence of bone mineral density by increasing the water and food into a target on the volunteers. Measured bone mineral density through Aluminum Spine Phantom had statistically significant difference accordance with increasing the height of water tank(p=0.026). There was no significant difference in BMD according to the existence of the bowl gas(p=0.587). There was no significant difference in a study of six people targeted volunteers in the presence or absence of the food(p=0.812). And also there was no significant difference according to the existence of water(p=0.618). If it is not difficult to recognize the surround of bone in measuring BMD of lumbar bone, it is not the factor which has the great effect on bone mineral density whether the test is after endoscopic examination of large intestine and patient’s fast or not.

  7. Physical rehabilitation of patients with lumbar spine dorsopathy at the hospital stage of treatment

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    Максим Валериевич Манин

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the work is an ascertainment of efficiency of the use of an offered way of the complex treatment of the lumbar spine dorsopathies at the hospital stage of treatment as the more effective one comparing to the standard method of the therapeutic physical training for patients with the lumbar spine dorsopathies. The object of research is the lumbar spine dorsopathies. The subject of research is the dynamics of the painful and musculo-tonic syndromes, mobility, degrees of the functional blocking of spine.Methods of research: questioning and interrogation, functional assays of the spine mobility, manual examination. 30 persons with lumbar spine dorsopathies with neurological manifestations took part in the research. 15 patients who underwent extended method of therapeutic physical training (TPT including the way of the complex treatment of the lumbar spine dopsopathies formed the main group. 15 persons who underwent the TPT by the standard method formed the control group. Results, received in testing the dynamics of indicators of the spine mobility blocking, painful, musculo-tonic syndrome at the end of physical rehabilitation reliably demonstrate the more significant increase of results in the main group comparing to the control one. It happened first of all due to the use of traction exercises, positions and traction massage that form the complex treatment of the lumbar spine dorsopathies.An offered way of the complex treatment of the lumbar spine dorsopathies had the more effective impact on an increase of the spine mobility, decrease of the painful syndrome comparing to the standard complex of physical rehabilitation. It gives the reasons to recommend this way for introduction into practice as the mean of special TPT at the hospital stage of treatment. 

  8. Prevalence of Age-Related Changes in Ovine Lumbar Intervertebral Discs during Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

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    Nisolle, Jean-François; Bihin, Benoît; Kirschvink, Nathalie; Neveu, Fabienne; Clegg, Peter; Dugdale, Alexandra; Wang, Xiaoqing; Vandeweerd, Jean-Michel

    2016-01-01

    Ovine models are used to study intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration. The objective of the current study was to assess the naturally occurring age-related changes of the IVD that can be diagnosed by CT and MRI in the lumbar spine of sheep. We used CT and T2-weighted MR images to score the IVD (L6S1 to L1L2) in 41 sheep (age, 6 mo to 11 y) that were euthanized for reasons not related to musculoskeletal disease. T2 mapping and measurement of T2 time of L6S1 to L2L3 were performed in 22 of the sheep. Degenerative changes manifested as early as 2 y of age and occurred at every IVD level. Discs were more severely damaged in older sheep. The age effect of the L6S1 IVD was larger than the average age effect for the other IVD. The current study provides evidence that lesions similar to those encountered in humans can be identified by CT and MRI in lumbar spine of sheep. Ideally, research animals should be assessed at the initiation of preclinical trials to determine the extent of prevalent degenerative changes. The ovine lumbosacral disc seems particularly prone to degeneration and might be a favorable anatomic site for studying IVD degeneration.

  9. Software-assisted morphometry and volumetry of the lumbar spine.

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    Narloch, Jerzy; Glinkowski, Wojciech

    2016-01-01

    The aim of the study was to measure volumes of the lumbar vertebral bodies with use dedicated Computed Tomography (CT) workstation software to predict expected volume of PMMA for vertebroplasty and supplement calculations using computed tomography scanogram. Quantitative CT scans of 87 women's (mean age 69.4 years; SD 10.9) and 15 men's (mean age 64.3 years; SD 11.8) lumbar spines were analyzed; this made a total of 379 vertebrae. The population of patients was divided into three groups depending on measured BMD value, in accordance with American College of Radiology Practice Parameter for the Performance of Quantitative Computed Tomography (QCT) Bone Densitometry. With the use of the general linear model and least squares means groups were compared regarding vertebral volume, anterior, middle, and posterior vertebral heights. Morphometric parameters tended to be greater in males than in females, in a population of diversified bone mineral density. BMD result should be considered as the modifying factor for preoperative planning of the bone cement volume to be deposited inside the vertebra. Vertebral body volumetry might prove to be a useful tool in pre-operative planning as well as an alternative for treatment monitoring after minimally invasive spinal procedures.

  10. The geometric curvature of the lumbar spine during restricted and unrestricted squats.

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    Hebling Campos, Mário; Furtado Alaman, Laizi I; Seffrin-Neto, Aldo A; Vieira, Carlos A; Costa de Paula, Marcelo; Barbosa de Lira, Claudio A

    2017-06-01

    The main purpose of this study was to analyze the behavior of the geometric curvature of the lumbar spine during restricted and unrestricted squats, using a novel investigative method. The rationale for our hypothesis is that the lumbar curvature has different patterns at different spine levels depending on the squat technique used. Spine motion was collected via stereo-photogrammetric analysis in nineteen participants (11 males, 8 females). The reconstructed spine points at the upright neutral position and at the deepest position of the squat exercise were projected onto the sagittal plane of the trunk, a polynomial was fitted to the data, and were quantified the two-dimensional geometric curvature at lower, central and higher lumbar levels, besides the inclination of trunk and lumbosacral region, the overall geometric curvature and overall angle of the lumbar spine. The mean values for each variable were analysed with paired t-test (Pposture to deepest point of the movement, but for the lower lumbar the flexion is less intense if the knees travel anteriorly past the toes. The trunk and the lumbosacral region lean forward in both squat techniques and these effects are also reduced in unrestricted squats. The data collected in the study are evidence that during barbell squats the lumbar curvature has different patterns at different spinal levels depending on the exercise technique. The lower lumbar spine appears to be less overloaded during unrestricted squats.

  11. Lumbar disc arthroplasty: indications, biomechanics, types, and radiological criteria; Lumbale Bandscheibenendoprothesen: Indikationen, Biomechanik, Typen und radiologische Kriterien

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    Baur-Melnyk, A.; Reiser, M.F. [Klinikum Grosshadern der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Orthopaedische Klinik und Poliklinik, Muenchen (Germany); Birkenmaier, C. [Klinikum Grosshadern der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Institut fuer Klinische Radiologie, Muenchen (Germany)

    2006-09-15

    Lumbar total disc replacement (TDR) was developed to treat a painful degenerative lumbar motion segment while avoiding the disadvantages of fusion surgery, such as adjacent segment instabilities. Early clinical results with TDR have shown a significant reduction in low back pain and a significant improvement in disability scores. When compared to fusion, the results with TDR tend to be superior in the short-term follow-up and initial rehabilitation is faster. The radiological assessment is an integral part of the preoperative work-up. Plain X-rays of the lumbar spine should be complemented by flexion - extension views in order to assess residual segmental mobility. Computed tomography is used to exclude osteoarthritis of the zygapophyseal joints, Baastrup's disease (kissing spines) and other sources of low back pain. Magnetic resonance imaging is useful to exclude substantial disc protrusions; it allows for the detection of disc dehydration and bone marrow edema in the case of activated spondylochondrosis. If osteoporosis is suspected, an osteodensitometry of the lumbar spine should be performed. Postoperative plain X-rays should include antero-posterior and lateral views as well as flexion - extension views in the later postoperative course. Measurements should determine the disc space height in the lateral view, the segmental and total lumbar lordosis as well as the segmental mobility in the flexion - extension views. The ideal position of a TDR is exactly central in the ap-view and close to the dorsal border of the vertebral endplates in the lateral view. Malpositioning may cause segmental hyperlordosis and unbalanced loading of the endplates with the risk of implant subsidence and migration. (orig.) [German] Die lumbale Bandscheibenendoprothese (LBEP) wurde entwickelt, um ein schmerzhaftes lumbales Bewegungssegment unter Vermeidung der Nachteile einer Fusionsoperation zu behandeln. Erste klinische Ergebnisse der LBEP zeigen eine signifikante Reduktion der

  12. 经椎间孔脊柱内窥镜技术治疗腰椎间盘突出症合并神经根管狭窄%Percutaneous Transforaminal Endoscopic Spine System in the Treatment of Lumbar Disc Herniation Complicated with Nerve Root Canal Stenosis Li Guan

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    李广松; 乔荣慧; 刘伟; 牛菁川; 易九云; 汪巍

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨经椎间孔脊柱内窥镜( transforaminal endoscopic spine system ,TESSYS)技术治疗腰椎间盘突出症合并神经根管狭窄的临床效果。方法回顾性分析2011年8月~2013年5月我院采用椎间孔镜TESSYS技术治疗40例腰椎间盘突出症合并神经根管狭窄的临床资料。使用德国joimax GmbH公司椎间孔镜,局部浸润麻醉,透视下穿刺至病变节段的椎间孔外侧,应用四级扩张导管逐级完成椎间孔扩大成形,环锯逐级扩大椎间孔,置入椎间孔镜,摘除突出髓核,直至神经根和硬膜囊完全松解。采用疼痛视觉模拟评分法( VAS)及日本骨科学会( JOA)下腰痛评分标准评价疗效。结果40例均完成手术,未发生神经根损伤、硬膜囊破裂、椎间隙感染等严重并发症。38例下肢疼痛症状术后即刻缓解,2例术后无明显缓解,于术后1周行椎间孔镜下翻修手术。40例随访6~30个月,平均11.8月,优19例(47.5%),良15例(37.5%),可6例(15.0%),差0例。优良率85.0%(34/40)。 VAS术后即刻(2.8±1.3)、术后3个月(1.7±0.8)及末次随访时(1.9±0.8)均低于术前(7.5±1.1)(t=17.455,26.969,26.039,P均=0.000)。 JOA评分术后3个月(23.1±2.5)及末次随访时(24.3±1.7)均高于术前(12.1±2.3)(t=20.479,26.978,P均=0.000)。结论 TESSYS技术治疗腰椎间盘突出症合并神经根管狭窄是一种安全、有效的微创手术方法。%Objective To explore the clinical effects of transforaminal endoscopic spine system (TESSYS) in the treatment of lumbar disc herniation with nerve root canal stenosis . Methods A retrospective analysis was performed on 40 cases of lumbar disc herniation and nerve root canal stenosis , all of whom were treated with TESSYS from August 2011 to May 2013.Transforaminal endoscopy (German, joimax GmbH) was

  13. PERCUTANEOUS DISCECTOMY: A CURRENT TREATMENT FOR LUMBAR DISC HERNIATION

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    Pablo Gerardo Lima-Ramírez

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objective: Describe the functional outcomes of patients with contained lumbar disc herniation (L4-L5, L5-S1 treated with manual percutaneous nucleotomy (MPN and demonstrate that it remains a technique with good results. Methods: A prospective, longitudinal study with 110 patients contained with lumbar disc herniation (LDH treated with (MPN. The evaluation was pre-surgical and 4, 30, 180 and 365 days after the surgery. We used Numeric Pain Scale (NPS, Oswestry Disability Index (ODI and Macnab criteria. Descriptive and inferential statistics for differences. Results: N=110: 58 (52.72% men, 52 (47.27% women; average age 37.95 years (14-56 ± 10.60; most affected level: L4-L5 in 63 (57.14% patients. NPS preoperative average: 7.75 (5-9 ± 1.12, and at 365 days: 2.14 (0-7 ± 2.37. The mean preoperative ODI was 37% (28%-40% + 3.06, and at 365 days 9.52% (0%-40% + 13.92. The prognosis (ODI was good to 79 (71.81% patients at 365 days, regular in 26 (23.63% and poor in 5 (4.57%, corresponding respectively to patients with no, mild, moderate and severe disability. The Macnab criteria showed similar results (p = 0.00, 95% CI 0.00 to 0.13 - Student's t. Conclusions: The results were good at one-year follow-up (p = 0.00, demonstrating that the MPN is still a good option for lumbosciatic pain relief.

  14. Return to work after lumbar disc surgery is related to the length of preoperative sick leave

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    Andersen, Mikkel Ø; Ernst, Carsten; Rasmussen, Jesper

    2017-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Lumbar disc herniation (LDH) is associated with high morbidity and significant socio-economic impact as the majority of the patients are of working age. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of length of sick leave on the return-to-work rate after lumbar disc......% returned to work if surgically treated within three months. In contrast, only 50% of those whose sick leave exceeded three months returned to work. CONCLUSION: The present analysis suggests that the return-to-work rate after lumbar disc herniation surgery is affected by the length of sick leave. FUNDING...

  15. The influence of muscle forces on the stress distribution in the lumbar spine

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    Wong, C; Rasmussen, J; Simonsen, Erik B.;

    2011-01-01

    Introduction: Previous studies of bone stresses in the human lumbar spine have relied on simplified models when modeling the spinal musculature, even though muscle forces are likely major contributors to the stresses in the vertebral bones. Detailed musculoskeletal spine models have recently become...... available and show good correlation with experimental findings. A combined inverse dynamics and finite element analysis study was conducted in the lumbar spine to investigate the effects of muscle forces on a detailed musculoskeletal finite element model of the 4th lumbar vertebral body. Materials...... and Methodology: The muscle forces were computed with a detailed and validated inverse dynamics musculoskeletal spine model in a lifting situation, and were then applied to an orthotropic finite element model of the 4th lumbar vertebra. The results were compared with those from a simplified load case without...

  16. Wound infiltration with local anesthetics for post-operative pain relief in lumbar spine surgery

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    Kjærgaard, M; Møiniche, S; Olsen, K S

    2012-01-01

    In this systematic review, we evaluated double-blind, randomized and controlled trials on the effect of wound infiltration with local anesthetics compared with the effect of placebo on post-operative pain after lumbar spine surgery....

  17. Instrumentação interespinhosa na doença degenerativa da coluna lombar: medição da altura do disco no segmento instrumentado Instrumentación interespinosa en la enfermedad degenerativa de la columna lumbar: medición de la altura del disco en el segmento instrumentado Interspinous instrumentation in patients with degenerative lumbar spine disease: disc height measurement on instrumented segment

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    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: na última década, a instrumentação interespinhosa vem sendo mais frequentemente utilizada. Apesar dos inúmeros artigos publicados em revistas internacionais de reconhecido mérito científico, são escassas as referências à modificação da altura do disco no segmento tratado, secundária àquela instrumentação. OBJECTIVO: quantificar uma eventual modificação da altura discal decorrente da aplicação de instrumentação interespinhosa (DIAM - Cousin-Biotech - Medtronic Sofamor Danek Inc©. MÉTODOS: o autor avalia um grupo de 20 pacientes com patologia degenerativa da coluna lombar e os seguintes critérios de inclusão: idade >40 e 6; Oswestry Disability Index (ODI >30; Zung Depression Rating Scale INTRODUCCIÓN: la instrumentación interespinosa tiene sido empleada con creciente frecuencia en la última década. Pero, apesar de las numerosas publicaciones científicas hechas en jornales científicos de reconocido mérito internacional, se han producido muy escasas referencias a una hipotética modificación de la altura discal dependiente de la técnica. OBJETIVO: cuantificar una eventual modificación de la altura discal inherente a la aplicación de instrumentación interespinosa. MÉTODOS: el autor hace una evaluación de un grupo de 20 pacientes con patología degenerativa de la columna lumbar, y diversos criterios de inclusión, a saber: edad >40 y 6; Oswestry Disability Index >30; Zung Depression Rating Scale INTRODUCTION: the use of interspinous instrumentation has been increasing in the last decade. However, in spite of the numerous papers seen in relevant scientific publications, there are very few references to an eventual disc height variation in the instrumented segment. OBJECTIVE: to certify eventual changes in disk height after interspinous instrumentation (DIAM - Cousin-Biotech - Medtronic Sofamor Danek Inc©. METHODS: the author evaluated 20 patients with degenerative lumbar disease and the following

  18. Kinematic relationship between rotation of lumbar spine and hip joints during golf swing in professional golfers.

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    Mun, Frederick; Suh, Seung Woo; Park, Hyun-Joon; Choi, Ahnryul

    2015-05-14

    Understanding the kinematics of the lumbar spine and hip joints during a golf swing is a basic step for identifying swing-specific factors associated with low back pain. The objective of this study was to examine the kinematic relationship between rotational movement of the lumbar spine and hip joints during a golf swing. Fifteen professional golfers participated in this study with employment of six infrared cameras to record their golf swings. Anatomical reference system of the upper torso, pelvis and thigh segments, and the location of each hip and knee joint were defined by the protocols of the kinematic model of previous studies. Lumbar spine and hip joint rotational angle was calculated utilizing the Euler angle method. Cross-correlation and angle-angle plot was used to examine the degree of kinematic relationship between joints. A fairly strong coupling relationship was shown between the lumbar spine and hip rotational movements with an average correlation of 0.81. Leading hip contribution to overall rotation was markedly high in the early stage of the downswing, while the lumbar spine contributed greater towards the end of the downswing; however, the relative contributions of the trailing hip and lumbar spine were nearly equal during the entire downswing. Most of the professional golfers participated in this study used a similar coordination strategy when moving their hips and lumbar spine during golf swings. The rotation of hips was observed to be more efficient in producing the overall rotation during the downswing when compared to the backswing. These results provide quantitative information to better understand the lumbar spine and hip joint kinematic characteristics of professional golfers. This study will have great potential to be used as a normal control data for the comparison with kinematic information among golfers with low back pain and for further investigation of golf swing-specific factors associated with injury.

  19. Lumbar extension exercises in conjunction with mechanical traction for the management of a patient with a lumbar herniated disc.

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    Gagne, Allison R; Hasson, Scott M

    2010-05-01

    Low back pain resulting from lumbar disc herniation is a common reason for referral for physical therapy. There is no evidence to support the management of lumbar disc herniation and derangement using mechanical traction combined with lumbar extension exercises. Therefore, the purpose of this case report was to describe and discuss the use of mechanical traction in conjunction with lumbar extension exercises for a patient with a lumbar herniated disc. The patient was a 49-year-old male referred to physical therapy with a medical diagnosis of a lumbar herniated disc at L5-S1 with compression of the L5 nerve root confirmed by MRI. The patient's chief complaint was pain over the left lumbosacral and central lumbar region with radiating pain into the left buttock accompanied by numbness and tingling in the left lower leg and foot. The patient was seen for a total of 14 visits. The first 5 days (2 weeks) of therapy consisted of lumbar extension exercises. For the following nine visits (over a 3-week period), mechanical traction was added as an adjunct to the extension exercises. Outcome measures included the Oswestry Disability Questionnaire, Back Pain Function Scale (BPFS), and the Numeric Pain Rating Scale (NPRS). Results from initial evaluation to discharge (Oswestry: 36% to 0%; BPFS: 33/60 to 57/60; NPRS: 7/10 to 0/10) demonstrated that the patient no longer experienced low back pain and improved in terms of functional status and pain-related disability. The patient no longer complained of numbness and tingling in the left lower extremity and the goals for the patient had been attained. The data from this case report suggests lumbar extension exercises in conjunction with mechanical traction facilitated the patient's improvement in pain and return to prior level of function.

  20. MRI of the lumbar spine at 7 Tesla in healthy volunteers and a patient with congenital malformations

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    Grams, Astrid E. [University Hospital Giessen and Marburg, Campus, Department of Neuroradiology, Giessen (Germany); University Duisburg-Essen, Erwin L. Hahn Institute for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Essen (Germany); University Hospital Giessen, Justus Liebig University, Department of Neuroradiology, Giessen (Germany); Kraff, Oliver; Umutlu, Lale; Maderwald, Stefan; Ladd, Mark E.; Forsting, Michael [University Duisburg-Essen, Erwin L. Hahn Institute for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Essen (Germany); University Hospital Essen, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, Essen (Germany); Dammann, Philipp [University Duisburg-Essen, Erwin L. Hahn Institute for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Essen (Germany); University Hospital Essen, Department of Neurosurgery, Essen (Germany); Gizewski, Elke R. [University Hospital Giessen and Marburg, Campus, Department of Neuroradiology, Giessen (Germany); University Duisburg-Essen, Erwin L. Hahn Institute for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Essen (Germany)

    2012-05-15

    The aim of this study was to evaluate sequences that are established at lower magnetic field strengths for lumbar spine imaging at 7 Tesla (7 T) MR imaging. The lumbar spine of five healthy volunteers and a patient with spina bifida and meningocele were evaluated at 7 T. The examination included a T2-TSE (turbo spin echo), a 3D-DESS (double-echo steady-state sequence), a 3D-CISS (constructive interference in steady-state sequence), and a 3D-VIBE (volumetric interpolated breath hold examination) sequence. Imaging quality was evaluated by two raters on a three-level scale. The assessment included visualization of intraforaminal structures, the cauda equina, facet joints, and any abnormalities. Contrast ratios for intervertebral discs/vertebral bodies, vertebral bodies/cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and CSF/spinal cord were calculated. The 3D-VIBE sequence provided best differentiation between intraforaminal structures. Visualization of the facet joints was reliable with VIBE, DESS, and CISS. Individual nerve roots of the cauda equina could only be delineated with the 3D-CISS sequence. CISS and DESS provided good contrast between vertebral bodies and intervertebral discs. Contrast between CSF and vertebral bodies was most pronounced for the T2-TSE sequence. Sufficient contrast between CSF and the spinal cord was only achieved with the T2-TSE sequence. VIBE and DESS sequences demonstrated best the bony malformations. Visualization of the meningocele was only possible with the 3D-CISS sequence. At 7 T most structures of the lumbar spine were visualized with a combination of sequences. At present, imaging quality is not superior to 1.5 T or 3 T, precluding routine clinical use. (orig.)

  1. MRI of the lumbar spine at 7 Tesla in healthy volunteers and a patient with congenital malformations.

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    Grams, Astrid E; Kraff, Oliver; Umutlu, Lale; Maderwald, Stefan; Dammann, Philipp; Ladd, Mark E; Forsting, Michael; Gizewski, Elke R

    2012-05-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate sequences that are established at lower magnetic field strengths for lumbar spine imaging at 7 Tesla (7 T) MR imaging. The lumbar spine of five healthy volunteers and a patient with spina bifida and meningocele were evaluated at 7 T. The examination included a T2-TSE (turbo spin echo), a 3D-DESS (double-echo steady-state sequence), a 3D-CISS (constructive interference in steady-state sequence), and a 3D-VIBE (volumetric interpolated breath hold examination) sequence. Imaging quality was evaluated by two raters on a three-level scale. The assessment included visualization of intraforaminal structures, the cauda equina, facet joints, and any abnormalities. Contrast ratios for intervertebral discs/vertebral bodies, vertebral bodies/cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and CSF/spinal cord were calculated. The 3D-VIBE sequence provided best differentiation between intraforaminal structures. Visualization of the facet joints was reliable with VIBE, DESS, and CISS. Individual nerve roots of the cauda equina could only be delineated with the 3D-CISS sequence. CISS and DESS provided good contrast between vertebral bodies and intervertebral discs. Contrast between CSF and vertebral bodies was most pronounced for the T2-TSE sequence. Sufficient contrast between CSF and the spinal cord was only achieved with the T2-TSE sequence. VIBE and DESS sequences demonstrated best the bony malformations. Visualization of the meningocele was only possible with the 3D-CISS sequence. At 7 T most structures of the lumbar spine were visualized with a combination of sequences. At present, imaging quality is not superior to 1.5 T or 3 T, precluding routine clinical use.

  2. Histological analysis of surgical lumbar intervertebral disc tissue provides evidence for an association between disc degeneration and increased body mass index

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    Weiler Christoph

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Although histopathological grading systems for disc degeneration are frequently used in research, they are not yet integrated into daily care routine pathology of surgical samples. Therefore, data on histopathological changes in surgically excised disc material and their correlation to clinical parameters such as age, gender or body mass index (BMI is limited to date. The current study was designed to correlate major physico-clinical parameters from a population of orthopaedic spine center patients (gender, age and BMI with a quantitative histologic degeneration score (HDS. Methods Excised lumbar disc material from 854 patients (529 men/325 women/mean age 56 (15-96 yrs. was graded based on a previously validated histologic degeneration score (HDS in a cohort of surgical disc samples that had been obtained for the treatment of either disc herniation or discogenic back pain. Cases with obvious inflammation, tumor formation or congenital disc pathology were excluded. The degree of histological changes was correlated with sex, age and BMI. Results The HDS (0-15 points showed significantly higher values in the nucleus pulposus (NP than in the annulus fibrosus (AF (Mean: NP 11.45/AF 7.87, with a significantly higher frequency of histomorphological alterations in men in comparison to women. Furthermore, the HDS revealed a positive significant correlation between the BMI and the extent of histological changes. No statistical age relation of the degenerative lesions was seen. Conclusions This study demonstrated that histological disc alterations in surgical specimens can be graded in a reliable manner based on a quantitative histologic degeneration score (HDS. Increased BMI was identified as a positive risk factor for the development of symptomatic, clinically significant disc degeneration.

  3. The nursing point for lumbar intervertebral disc herniation%腰椎间盘突出症护理要点

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    陈丽花

    2015-01-01

    Lumbar disc herniation (LDH) is also called fibrous ring rupture in lumbar spine. Because of the influence of lumbar degenerative changes or external force, lumbar intervertebral disc of internal and external pressure lose balance, then lead to lumber fibrous ring rupture and nucleus pulposus herniation, and press Lumbar nerve root, blood vessel, spinal cord, cauda equine. LDH is the common and frequently occurring disease of orthopedics. The main clinical symptoms are waist and leg pain and one side of the lower extremity radiating pain and numbness etc. LDH could occurr in all adults, mostly occur in middle-aged and old people, more men than women.%腰椎间盘突出症(Lumbar Dlac Hemiation,LDH)又称腰椎纤维环破裂症,是腰椎退行性改变或外力作用引起腰椎间盘内、外压力平衡失调所致腰椎纤维环破裂,髓核突出,从而压迫了腰椎内神经根、血管、脊髓或马尾神经所致的一系列临床症状,是骨伤科的常见病和多发病,其临床主要症状为腰、腿疼痛和一侧下肢放射痛及麻木。腰椎间盘突出症可发生在任何成年人,但多见于中老年人,男性多于女性。

  4. Clinical significance of nerve root enhancement in contrast-enhanced MR imaging of the postoperative lumbar spine

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    Lee, Yeon Soo; Lee, Eun Ja; Kang, Si Won; Choi, Eun Seok [The Catholic Univ. of Korea, Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Song, Chang June; Kim, Jong Chul [Chungnam National Univ. School of Medicine, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2001-09-01

    To determine the significance of nerve root contrast enhancement in patients with residual or recurrent symptomatic postoperative lumbar spine. Eighty-eight patients with 116 postoperative lumbar disc lesions causing radiating back pain underwent enhanced MR imaging. Intradural nerve root enhancement was quantified by pixel measurement, and affected nerve roots were compared before and after contrast administration. Extradural nerve root enhancement was assessed visually, and nerve root enhancement and clinical symptoms were correlated. Associated lesions such as recurrent disc herniation, scar tissue, nerve root thickening and nerve root displacement were also evaluated. Of 26 cases (22.4%) involving intradural nerve root enhancement, 22 (84.6%) showed significant clinical symptoms (p=0.002). and of 59 (50.9%) demonstrating extradural enhancement, clinical symptoms showed significant correlation in 47 (79.7%) (p=0.001). Nerve root enhancement, including eleven cases where this was both intra-and extradural, showed highly significant association with clinical symptoms in 74 of the 116 cases (63.8%) (p=0.000). Among 33 cases (28.4%) of recurrent disc herniation, nerve root enhancement was observed in 28 (84.8%) and in 24 of these 28 (85.7%), significant correlation with clinical symptoms was observed (p=0.000). Where epidural fibrosis was present, correlation between nerve root enhancement and clinical symptoms was not significant (p>0.05). Nerve root thickening and displaced nerve root were, however, significantly associated with symptoms (87.2% and 88.6%, respectively). In patients with postoperative lumbar spine, the association between nerve root enhancement revealed by MRI and clinical symptoms was highly significant.

  5. Evaluation of Facet Joint Arthrosis in Stenotic and Normal Lumbar Spines with MRI

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    Ebru Ozan

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To reveal the prevalence of lumbar facet joint arthrosis in normal and stenotic lumbar spines with magnetic resonance imaging. Material and Method: Study group consisted of 30 patients with complaints and findings of lower back pain, neurologic claudicatio and lumbar spinal stenosis detected at L3-4, L4-5 and/or L5-S1 with magnetic resonance imaging (cross section area of the dural sac

  6. Decline in lumbar extensor muscle strength the older adults: correlation with age, gender and spine morphology

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    Singh, Devinder Kaur Ajit; Bailey, Martin; Lee, Raymond

    2013-01-01

    Background Muscle morphology, age and gender may be determinants of muscle strength in older adults. However, very few research studies have directly examined such correlation in the ageing spine. The aim of the study was to examine the correlation between lumbar extensor muscle strength, its muscle fibre angles, thoracolumbar curvature, age and gender in the older and younger adults. Methods Muscle fibre angles of lumbar extensor muscles, thoracolumbar curvature and lumbar extensor muscle st...

  7. Sacroiliac joint motion in patients with degenerative lumbar spine disorders.

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    Nagamoto, Yukitaka; Iwasaki, Motoki; Sakaura, Hironobu; Sugiura, Tsuyoshi; Fujimori, Takahito; Matsuo, Yohei; Kashii, Masafumi; Murase, Tsuyoshi; Yoshikawa, Hideki; Sugamoto, Kazuomi

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    OBJECT Usually additional anchors into the ilium are necessary in long fusion to the sacrum for degenerative lumbar spine disorders (DLSDs), especially for adult spine deformity. Although the use of anchors is becoming quite common, surgeons must always keep in mind that the sacroiliac (SI) joint is mobile and they should be aware of the kinematic properties of the SI joint in patients with DLSDs, including adult spinal deformity. No previous study has clarified in vivo kinematic changes in the SI joint with respect to patient age, sex, or parturition status or the presence of DLSDs. The authors conducted a study to clarify the mobility and kinematic characteristics of the SI joint in patients with DLSDs in comparison with healthy volunteers by using in vivo 3D motion analysis with voxel-based registration, a highly accurate, noninvasive method. METHODS Thirteen healthy volunteers (the control group) and 20 patients with DLSDs (the DLSD group) underwent low-dose 3D CT of the lumbar spine and pelvis in 3 positions (neutral, maximal trunk flexion, and maximal trunk extension). SI joint motion was calculated by computer processing of the CT images (voxel-based registration). 3D motion of the SI joint was expressed as both 6 df by Euler angles and translations on the coordinate system and a helical axis of rotation. The correlation between joint motion and the cross-sectional area of the trunk muscles was also investigated. RESULTS SI joint motion during trunk flexion-extension was minute in healthy volunteers. The mean rotation angles during trunk flexion were 0.07° around the x axis, -0.02° around the y axis, and 0.16° around the z axis. The mean rotation angles during trunk extension were 0.38° around the x axis, -0.08° around the y axis, and 0.08° around the z axis. During trunk flexion-extension, the largest amount of motion occurred around the x axis. In patients with DLSDs, the mean rotation angles during trunk flexion were 0.57° around the x axis, 0.01

  8. The Research on the Spine-Massage Therapy Combining Electroacupuncture in Treating of Lumbar Disc Herniation%整脊疗法结合电针治疗腰椎间盘突出症的临床研究

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    杨来福; 和青松; 王文彪; 郭学军; 马以勇; 黄飞

    2013-01-01

    Objective:To observe the clinical efficacy on the spine-massage therapy combining electroacupuncture in treating of LDH.Methods:330 patients with LDH were randomly divided into treatment group(165 cases)and control group(165 cases).Treatment group was treated with the spine-massage therapy combining electroacupuncture, while control group was treated only by electroacupuncture. Using the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) to evaluate the pain degree, observe the onset time to compare the clinical efficacy between two groups. Result:The cured and markedly effective rate of treatment group was 64.90%, the control group was 87.27%;the total effective rate of treatment group was 87.27% and control group was 72.72%.It was significant difference be-tween two groups (P<0.05).The pain score between the two groups was significant difference in the comparison (P<0.05). The comparison of onset time between treatment group and control group was significant difference (P<0.05). It can explain that the treatment group can effectively shorten the course of treatment. Conclusion:The spine-massage therapy combining electroacupuncture in treating of LDH has a good clinical efficacy, so it is worth clinical promotion.%  目的:观察整脊疗法结合电针治疗腰椎间盘突出症的临床疗效.方法:将330例腰椎间盘突出症患者随机分为两组,各165例.治疗组采用整脊疗法结合电针治疗,对照组仅用电针疗法.采用视觉模拟评分法(VAS)评价疼痛程度,观察起效时间,对比两组临床疗效.结果:治疗组愈显率为64.90%,总有效率87.27%;对照组愈显率为47.27%,总有效率72.72%,两组疗效有显著性差异(P<0.05);两组治疗后疼痛评分比较有显著性差异(P<0.05);治疗组的起效时间与对照组比较有显著性差异(P<0.05),说明治疗组能有效缩短疗程.结论:整脊疗法结合电针治疗腰椎间盘突出症的临床疗效较好,值得临床推广.

  9. Lumbar disc herniation treated with qi pathway intervention and spinal adjustment:a randomized controlled trial

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    杨军雄

    2013-01-01

    Objective To compare the efficacy difference in the treatment of lumbar disc herniation(LDH)between the comprehensive therapy of Qi pathway intervention and the spinal adjustment and the conventional therapy of acupuncture and Tuina and explore the analgesic mechanism

  10. Lumbar disc herniation in three patients with cystic fibrosis: a case series

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    Gruebl Armin

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction To date, lumbar disc herniation has not been reported in the context of cystic fibrosis even though back pain and musculoskeletal problems are very common in patients with cystic fibrosis. Case presentation We report on three patients with cystic fibrosis who experienced lumbar disc herniation in the course of their disease at ages 19 to 21 years (a 22-year-old Caucasian man, a 23-year-old Caucasian man, and a 21-year-old Caucasian woman. Our third patient eventually died because of her deteriorated pulmonary situation, which was influenced by the lumbar disc herniation as it was not possible for her to perform pulmonary drainage techniques properly because of the pain. Conclusions Lumbar disc herniation can lead to a vicious cycle for patients with cystic fibrosis as it may promote pulmonary infections. This report highlights the need to investigate patients correctly.

  11. Postural control in patients with lumbar disc herniation in the early postoperative period.

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    Sipko, Tomasz; Chantsoulis, Marzena; Kuczyński, Michał

    2010-03-01

    Chronic spinal disc disease leads to disorders in postural movement coordination. An incorrect asymmetrical movement pattern for the lower limbs loading impairs proprioception and deteriorates postural stability, particularly when the vision is occluded. The standard surgical treatment improves biomechanical conditions in the lumbar spine, reduces pain, yet does it reduce the stability deficit in the upright position? An answer to the latter question would help work out targeted therapy to improve postural stability. We hypothesized that the standard surgical treatment would improve postural stability reflected by decreased sway variability accounting for better use of proprioceptive inputs postoperatively. Thirty-nine patients with lumbar disc herniation participated in the study. Their postural sway was recorded in anterior/posterior and medial/lateral planes with their eyes open or closed (EC) before and after surgery. The variability, range, mean velocity of the recorded time series and the area of the ellipse enclosed by the statokinesiogram were used as measures of postural stability. Preoperatively, EC condition resulted in an increased variability and mean velocity of postural sway, while postoperatively it caused an increase in sway mean velocity and sway area only with no effect on sway variability and range. The comparison of the balance before and after the surgery in the EC condition showed significant decrease in all parameters. In the early postoperative period, the patients recover the ability to control their postural sway in EC within normal limits, however, at the expense of significantly increased frequency of corrective torques. It is probably a transient short-term strategy needed to compensate for the recovery phase when the normal weighting factors for all afferents are being reestablished. We propose that this transient postoperative period may be the best timing of therapeutic intervention targeted at facilitating and reinforcing the

  12. The Effect of Expectations on Treatment Outcome for Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Herniation

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    Lurie, Jon D.; Henderson, Eric R.; McDonough, Christine M.; Berven, Sigurd H.; Scherer, Emily A.; Tosteson, Tor D.; Tosteson, Anna N. A.; Hu, Serena S.; Weinstein, James N.

    2015-01-01

    Study Design Secondary analysis of randomized and non-randomized prospective cohorts. Objective To examine the effect of patient treatment expectations on treatment outcomes for patients with intervertebral disc herniation. Summary of Background Data Patient expectations about treatment effectiveness may have important relationships with clinical outcomes. Methods Sub-group and re-analysis of the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial, a randomized trial and comprehensive cohort study enrolling patients between March 2000 and November 2004 from 13 multidisciplinary spine clinics in 11 US states. Overall 501 randomized and 744 observational patients (1244 total) who were surgical candidates with radiculopathy and imaging confirmed lumbar intervertebral disc herniation were enrolled. The primary study compared surgical discectomy to usual non-operative care; this sub-group analysis reassessed outcomes based on treatment expectations at baseline. Expectations about symptomatic and functional improvement for both surgery and non-operative care were assessed on 5-point scales (1="No Chance (0%)" to 5="Certain (100%)"). Outcomes were assessed using longitudinal regression models analyzed by treatment received. Results Among 1244 IDH SPORT participants, 1168 provided data on both outcomes and baseline expectations and were included in the current analysis: 467 from the randomized and 701 from the observational cohort. Low expectations of outcomes with surgery predicted poorer outcome regardless of treatment. High expectations of outcomes with non-operative care predicted better non-operative outcomes but did not affect surgical results. These differences were of similar magnitude to the difference in outcomes between surgery and non-operative care. Conclusions High expectations of treatment benefit had clinically significant positive associations with outcomes. PMID:26641853

  13. Appropriateness of lumbar spine magnetic resonance imaging in Spain

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    Kovacs, Francisco M. [Spanish Back Pain Research Network (REIDE), Fundación Kovacs, Paseo de Mallorca 36, 07012 Palma de Mallorca (Spain); Research Department, Fundación Kovacs, Paseo de Mallorca 36, 07012 Palma de Mallorca (Spain); Arana, Estanislao, E-mail: aranae@uv.es [Spanish Back Pain Research Network (REIDE), Fundación Kovacs, Paseo de Mallorca 36, 07012 Palma de Mallorca (Spain); Servicio de Radiología, Fundación Instituto Valenciano de Oncología, Valencia (Spain); Fundación Instituto de Investigación en Servicios de Salud, Valencia (Spain); Royuela, Ana [Spanish Back Pain Research Network (REIDE), Fundación Kovacs, Paseo de Mallorca 36, 07012 Palma de Mallorca (Spain); CIBER Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP) (Spain); Unidad de Bioestadística Clínica, Hospital Ramón y Cajal, IRYCIS, Ctra. Colmenar Km. 9.1, 28034 Madrid (Spain); Cabrera, Alberto [Spanish Back Pain Research Network (REIDE), Fundación Kovacs, Paseo de Mallorca 36, 07012 Palma de Mallorca (Spain); Hospital de Galdakao, Barrio Labeaga, 48960 Galdakao, Vizcaya (Spain); Casillas, Carlos [Spanish Back Pain Research Network (REIDE), Fundación Kovacs, Paseo de Mallorca 36, 07012 Palma de Mallorca (Spain); Instituto de Traumatología Unión de Mutuas, Av. del Lledó, C/Juan de Herrera, 27 12004 Castellón (Spain); and others

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    Objectives: To determine the minimum percentage of lumbar spine magnetic resonance imaging (LSMRI) which are inappropriately prescribed in routine practice. Methods: LSMRI performed prospectively on 602 patients in 12 Radiology Services across 6 regions in Spain, were classified as “appropriate”, “uncertain” or “inappropriate” based on the indication criteria established by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, the American College of Physicians and Radiology, and current evidence-based clinical guidelines. Studies on patients reporting at least one “red flag” were classified as “appropriate”. A logistic regression model was developed to identify factors associated with a higher likelihood of inappropriate LSMRI, including gender, reporting of referred pain, health care setting (private/public), and specialty of prescribing physician. Before performing the LSMRI, the radiologists also assessed the appropriateness of the prescription. Results: Eighty-eight percent of LSMRI were appropriate, 1.3% uncertain and 10.6% inappropriate. The agreement of radiologists’ assessment with this classification was substantial (k = 0.62). The odds that LSMRI prescriptions were inappropriate were higher for patients without referred pain [OR (CI 95%): 13.75 (6.72; 28.16)], seen in private practice [2.25 (1.20; 4.22)], by orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons or primary care physicians [2.50 (1.15; 5.56)]. Conclusion: Efficiency of LSMRI could be improved in routine practice, without worsening clinical outcomes.

  14. Cistos sinoviais lombares Synovial cysts of the lumbar spine

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    Ana Cláudia Ferreira Rosa

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available Os cistos sinoviais localizados na coluna lombar são raros, em geral associados a alterações degenerativas das articulações facetárias, mais freqüentemente vistos na transição L4-L5. Raramente causam sintomas, que, quando ocorrem, são sobretudo lombociatalgia. O diagnóstico é feito de maneira satisfatória pela tomografia computadorizada e pela ressonância magnética e é importante para que se institua o correto tratamento dos cistos. Existem diversas formas de tratamento, desde repouso e imobilização até a injeção de corticóide no cisto sinovial guiada por tomografia computadorizada, e mesmo cirurgia nos casos refratários aos outros tipos de tratamento.Intraspinal synovial cysts of the lumbar spine are rare and commonly associated with osteoarthritis of the facet joints, particularly at level L4-L5. Symptoms are uncommon and may include low-back pain or sciatica. These cysts are accurately diagnosed by using computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Diagnosis is essential for the correct management of the cysts. Several treatment options are available including rest and immobilization, computed tomography guided corticosteroids injection, and surgery in patients that are nonresponsive to other treatment methods.

  15. Radiation dose estimation of patients undergoing lumbar spine radiography

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    Prince Kwabena Gyekye

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Radiation dose to organs of 100 adult patients undergoing lumbar spine (LS radiography at a University Hospital have been assessed. Free in air kerma measurement using an ionization chamber was used for the patient dosimetry. Organ and effective dose to the patients were estimated using PCXMC (version 1.5 software. The organs that recorded significant dose due to LS radiography were lungs, stomach, liver, adrenals, kidney, pancreas, spleen, galbladder, and the heart. It was observed that the stomach recorded the highest dose (48.2 ± 1.2 μGy for LS anteroposterior (AP. The spleen also recorded the highest dose (41.2 ± 0.5 μGy for LS lateral (LAT. The mean entrance surface air kerma (ESAK of LS LAT (122.2 μGy was approximately twice that of LS AP (76.3 μGy, but the effective dose for both examinations were approximately the same (LS LAT = 8.6 μSv and LS AP = 10.4 μSv. The overall stochastic health effect of radiation to patients due to LS radiography in the University Hospital is independent of the projection of the examination (AP or LAT.

  16. Intervertebral disc degeneration and bone density in degenerative lumbar scoliosis: a comparative study between patients with degenerative lumbar scoliosis and patients with lumbar stenosis

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    DING Wen-yuan; YANG Da-long; CAO Lai-zhen; SUN Ya-peng; ZHANG Wei; XU Jia-xin; ZHANG Ying-ze; SHEN Yong

    2011-01-01

    Background Degenerative lumbar scoliosis is common in older patients.Decreased bone density and the degeneration of intervertebral discs are considered to be correlated with degenerative lumbar scoliosis.A means of quantifying the relative signal intensity for degenerative disc disease has not been previously discussed.The purpose of this study was to compare bone mineral density and intervertebral disc degeneration between degenerative lumbar scoliosis and lumbar spinal stenosis patients in a nine-year retrospective study.Methods From January 2001 to August 2010,96 patients with degenerative lumbar scoliosis were retrospectively enrolled and 96 patients with lumbar spinal stenosis were selected as controls.Cobb angle,height of the apical disc and the contiguous disc superiorly and inferiorly on convex and concave sides,the height of the convex and concave side of the apical and the contiguous vertebral body superiorly and inferiorly were measured in the scoliosis group.The height of L2/L3,L3/L4,L4/L5 discs and the height of L2/L4 vertebral body was measured in the control group.The grade of intervertebral disc degeneration was evaluated using T2WI sagittal images in both groups.The bone density of lumbar vertebrae was measured with dual-energy X-ray.Results In scoliosis group,the intervertebral disc height on the convex side was greater than the height on the concave side (P <0.001 ).The vertebral body height on the convex side was greater than the height on the concave side (P=0.016).There was a significant difference between the scoliosis group and the control group (P=0.003),and between T-value and the rate of osteoporosis between the two groups (both P <0.001).Results were verified using multiple linear regression analysis.Conclusions Degenerative lumbar scoliosis is accompanied by height asymmetry between the intervertebral disc and vertebral body regarding the convex and concave surfaces.There is a positive correlation between the angle of scoliosis and

  17. Pathophysiology of regression of synovial cysts of the lumbar spine: the 'anti-inflammatory hypothesis'.

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    Mattei, Tobias A; Goulart, Carlos R; McCall, Todd D

    2012-12-01

    The term 'synovial cysts' of the lumbar spine refers to cysts that arise from the zygapophyseal joint capsule of the lumbar spine. Although several cases of regression of lumbar spine synovial cysts after oral anti-inflammatory therapy as well as local steroid injection have already been reported in the literature, no study up to now has addressed the role of 'inflammation suppression' in the regression of such lesions. In fact most of the previous studies have regarded 'spontaneous rupture' as well as 'instability resolution' as the most probable explanations for such phenomenon. In this article the authors review the current experimental data about the role of cytokines and inflammation in the development of synovial cysts of the lumbar spine. Additionally with basis on both our clinical experience of regression of a synovial cyst after conservative treatment with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (Cox-2 inhibitor) as well as on the experimental data supporting the multi-factorial effects of such drugs on the lumbar facet joints, the authors hypothesize that inhibition of inflammation might play a significant role in the pathophysiology of lumbar spine synovial cysts' regression. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Evaluation of cadaveric lumbar spine temperature distributions during nucleoplasty

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    Nau, William H.; Diederich, Chris J.

    2003-06-01

    This study investigated the contribution of applied thermal energy during the nucleoplasty procedure by obtaining temperature maps throughout human cadaveric disc specimens (n=5) during a simulated treatment protocol. The procedure was performed using the ArthroCare SpineWand RF-Coblation device inserted through a 17 g needle into the cadaveric disc. The device uses a dual mode heating technique which employs a high voltage RF plasma field to vaporize tissue, followed by RF current heating for thermal coagulation. The device is manipulated to create a series of 6 channels at a 60 degree angular spacing within a period of 3 minutes. A computer-controlled, motorized translational system was used to mimic the insertion (coblation) and retraction (rf-coagulation) performed during clinical implementation. Rotation was performed manually between each coblation/rf-coagulation cycle. Transient temperature data were obtained using five multi-junction thermocouple probes (5 to 6- 0.05 mm diameter junctions spaced at either 2 or 5 mm) spaced throughout the desired heating volume. Temperature distributions and accumulated thermal doses calculated from the temperature-time history were used to define probable regions of thermal coagulation. Intra-discal temperatures of 60-65C were measured within 2 to 3 mm radial distance from the introducer with therapeutic thermal doses of >250 EM43C achieved at radial distances of up to 5 mm from the introducer. Although appreciable regions of thermal coagulation within the nucleus are localized around the applicator, improper placement of the applicator during treatment may also generate undesirable hot spots in the bone endplate.

  19. Nonlinear finite-element analysis and biomechanical evaluation of the lumbar spine

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    Wong, Christian; Gehrchen, P Martin; Darvann, Tron;

    2003-01-01

    A finite-element analysis (FEA) model of an intact lumbar disc-body unit was generated. The vertebral body of the FEA model consisted of a solid tetrahedral core of trabecular bone surrounded by a cortical shell. The disc consisted of an incompressible nucleus surrounded by nonlinear annulus fibers...

  20. Effect of cryotherapy on the lumbar spine in elderly men with back pain.

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    Giemza, Czesław; Matczak-Giemza, Magdalena; Ostrowska, Bożena; Bieć, Ewa; Doliński, Mirosław

    2014-09-01

    Whole-body cryotherapy (WBC) is a procedure which is more and more often successfully applied in medicine. Used in physiotherapy programs improves the efficiency of physiotherapeutic exercises applied in different aliments. The aim of the research was to determine the influence of WBC treatment on the improvement of spine activity in elderly men. The evaluation was based on subjects suffering from chronic lower back pain. The research was conducted on 96 male in the age of 65-75 years suffering from chronic pain in the lumbar spine, lasting >3 months. All the subjects performed physical exercises at a gym. Half of the examined patients performed only physical exercises while the second half of the group participated in WBC before performing the same exercises. The research evaluated the mobility of lumbar spine at all movement planes and examined the values of active potentials of erector spinae in the lumbar part of the spine. The group of men who participated in WBC showed significantly lower values of active potentials of erector spinae muscles in the lumbar part of the spine and a significant increase in the range of the lumbar spine mobility, in comparison to the group which did not use WBC.

  1. Dynamic compared to rigid fixation in lumbar spine: a systematic review

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    Ricardo Vieira Botelho

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The objective of this review is to reveal the quality of published data and the effect size of DPFs compared to rigid fixation in lumbar spine. Summary of background data: since 2002, several dynamic pedicle fixation (DPF systems have been developed with the aim to stabilize the spine without the undesirable effects of rigid lumbar spine fixation. Nearly ten years later, there are several studies on these dynamic systems. Methods: A systematic review was done in MEDLINE/PubMED, Embase, Cochrane Central Register of Randomized Trials and Google Scholar to assess the quality of published literature and the available studied outcomes in randomized controlled trials of DPF. Results: Only three papers described randomized trials studying DPF. One of them focused on protection of adjacent level disease provided by DPF. Conclusion: It was not possible to reveal any evidence for benefits using DPF compared to rigid fixation in surgery for lumbar spine.

  2. Assessment of movement distribution in the lumbar spine using the instantaneous axis of rotation

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    Park, Ki Won [Trine University, Angola (Indonesia)

    2014-12-15

    The position of the torso and the magnitude of exertion are thought to influence the distribution pattern of intervertebral movements within the lumbar spine. Abnormal intervertebral movements have been correlated with the risk of spine injuries. Since the capability to measure movement distribution within the lumbar spine noninvasively is limited, a convenient method to diagnose joint motion function was proposed. The goal of this research was to test the efficacy of the instantaneous axis of rotation for assessment of the distribution of movement within the lumbar spine. The proposed method was evaluated in the bio mechanical model. The results showed that the location of instantaneous axis of rotation lowered with increased trunk exertion force, and slightly moved higher with increased trunk angle. Recognizing that abnormal location of the instantaneous axis of rotation correlated with spinal pain, these results suggest potential the location of the instantaneous axis of rotation relates to the risk of low back pain on distributed spinal kinematics.

  3. The Effects of Stretching with Lumbar Traction on VAS and Oswestry Scales of Patients with Lumbar 4–5 Herniated Intervertebral Disc

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    Yang, Hae-sun; Yoo, Won-gyu

    2014-01-01

    [Purpose] This study investigated the effect of stretching with lumbar traction on VAS and Oswestry scale scores of lumbar 4–5 herniated intervertebral disc (HIVD) patients. [Subjects] We recruited 20 lumbar 4–5 HIVD patients. [Methods] We performed stretching with lumbar traction for lumbar 4–5 HIVD patients during 4 weeks. The VAS and Oswestry scales were measured before and 4 weeks after the intervention. [Results] The results showed a significant decrease in VAS scale scores for stretchin...

  4. Lower lumbar spine axial rotation is reduced in end-range sagittal postures when compared to a neutral spine posture.

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    Burnett, Angus; O'Sullivan, Peter; Ankarberg, Lars; Gooding, Megan; Nelis, Rogier; Offermann, Frank; Persson, Jannike

    2008-08-01

    Sports such as rowing, gymnastics, cycling and fast bowling in cricket that combine rotation with spine flexion and extension are known to carry greater risk of low back pain (LBP). Few studies have investigated the capacity of the lumbar spine to rotate in various sagittal positions, and further, these studies have generated disparate conclusions. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the range of lower lumbar axial rotation (L3-S2) is decreased in end-range flexion and extension postures when compared to the neutral spine posture. Eighteen adolescent female rowers (mean age=14.9 years) with no history of LBP were recruited for this study. Lower lumbar axial rotation was measured by an electromagnetic tracking system (3-Space Fastrak) in end-range flexion, extension and neutral postures, in sitting and standing positions. There was a reduction in the range of lower lumbar axial rotation in both end-range extension and flexion (ppostures when compared to neutral. Further, the range of lower lumbar axial rotation measurements in flexion when sitting was reduced when compared to standing (p=0.013). These findings are likely due to the anatomical limitations of the passive structures in end-range sagittal postures.

  5. Lumbar disc herniation: Is there an association between histological and magnetic resonance imaging findings?

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    Shiju A Majeed

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: The study shows that the Pfirmann grading system, MCs and HDS can reliably be used as scoring systems for assessing lumbar disc degeneration. The radiological assessment can be used as a noninvasive tool to assess the probable change in content rather than the microstructure of a disc undergoing degeneration.

  6. [Thyroid cancer metastasis to the lumbar spine successfully treated by embolization and radioiodine. A case report].

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    Sumimura, J; Nakagawa, K; Kawamura, J; Tayama, M; Takahashi, E; Moritomo, T; Miyata, M

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    A 82-year-old woman suffered from a metastatic lesion of follicular carcinoma of the thyroid to the fourth lumbar spine, which compressed the spinal nerves and caused lumbar pain and paresthesis of the lower limb. External irradiation, 5200 RAD, was carried out. Total thyroidectomy was done for the preparation of radioiodine(131I) therapy. Two weeks later, embolization of lumbar arteries was performed to prevent the progression of the spinal cord damage during a period waiting for 131I administration. The size of the lumbar lesion decreased, and lumbal pain and spinal cord symptoms disappeared. After administration of 131I, the metastatic lesion became further smaller.

  7. Automatic diagnosis of lumbar disc herniation with shape and appearance features from MRI

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    Alomari, Raja'S.; Corso, Jason J.; Chaudhary, Vipin; Dhillon, Gurmeet

    2010-03-01

    Intervertebral disc herniation is a major reason for lower back pain (LBP), which is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States. Automation of herniated disc diagnosis reduces the large burden on radiologists who have to diagnose hundreds of cases each day using clinical MRI. We present a method for automatic diagnosis of lumbar disc herniation using appearance and shape features. We jointly use the intensity signal for modeling the appearance of herniated disc and the active shape model for modeling the shape of herniated disc. We utilize a Gibbs distribution for classification of discs using appearance and shape features. We use 33 clinical MRI cases of the lumbar area for training and testing both appearance and shape models. We achieve over 91% accuracy in detection of herniation in a cross-validation experiment with specificity of 91% and sensitivity of 94%.

  8. Protective Effect of Ligustrazine on Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Degeneration of Rats Induced by Prolonged Upright Posture

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    Qian-Qian Liang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Most chronic low back pain is the result of degeneration of the lumbar intervertebral disc. Ligustrazine, an alkaloid from Chuanxiong, reportedly is able to relieve pain, suppress inflammation, and treat osteoarthritis and it has the protective effect on cartilage and chondrocytes. Therefore, we asked whether ligustrazine could reduce intervertebral disc degeneration. To determine the effect of ligustrazine on disc degeneration, we applied a rat model. The intervertebral disc degeneration of the rats was induced by prolonged upright posture. We found that pretreatment with ligustrazine for 1 month recovered the structural distortion of the degenerative disc; inhibited the expression of type X collagen, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP-13, and MMP3; upregulated type II collagen; and decreased IL-1β, cyclooxygenase (COX-2, and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS expression. In conclusion, ligustrazine is a promising agent for treating lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration disease.

  9. Rehabilitation Nursing Experience of 105 Cases of Lumbar Disc Herniation%105例腰椎问盘突出症的康复护理体会

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    2015-01-01

    目的寻找腰椎问盘突出症的康复护理方法。方法将105例腰椎间盘突出症患者,在常规康复治疗(针灸、动力灸、物理因子治疗等)的基础上,采用综合康复护理,观察效果。结果综合康复护理在腰椎问盘突出症的康复中取得了较好的效果。结论综合康复护理是腰椎问盘突出症康复的有效方法。%Objective To search for the lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion rehabilitation nursing method.Methods 105 cases of patients with lumbar disc herniation, in routine rehabilitation treatment (acupuncture, moxibustion, dynamic physical factor treatment etc.) basis, by comprehensive rehabilitation nursing, observe the ef ect.Results The comprehensive rehabilitation nursing disc herniation rehabilitation achieved good results in the lumbar spine.Conclusion The comprehensive rehabilitation nursing is lumbar intervertebral disc herniation of the ef ective method of rehabilitation.

  10. On the creation of a segmentation library for digitized cervical and lumbar spine radiographs.

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    Gururajan, Arunkumar; Kamalakannan, Sridharan; Sari-Sarraf, Hamed; Shahriar, Muneem; Long, Rodney; Antani, Sameer

    2011-06-01

    In this paper, we address the issue of computer-assisted indexing in one specific case, i.e., for the 17,000 digitized images of the spine acquired during the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The crucial step in this process is to accurately segment the cervical and lumbar spine in the radiographic images. To that end, we have implemented a unique segmentation system that consists of a suite of spine-customized automatic and semi-automatic statistical shape segmentation algorithms. Using the aforementioned system, we have developed experiments to optimally generate a library of spine segmentations, which currently include 2000 cervical and 2000 lumbar spines. This work is expected to contribute toward the creation of a biomedical Content-Based Image Retrieval system that will allow retrieval of vertebral shapes by using query by image example or query by shape example.

  11. Exploring the utility of axial lumbar MRI for automatic diagnosis of intervertebral disc abnormalities

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    Ghosh, Subarna; Chaudhary, Vipin; Dhillon, Gurmeet

    2013-03-01

    In this paper, we explore the importance of axial lumbar MRI slices for automatic detection of abnormalities. In the past, only the sagittal views were taken into account for lumbar CAD systems, ignoring the fact that a radiologist scans through the axial slices as well, to confirm the diagnosis and quantify various abnormalities like herniation and stenosis. Hence, we present an automatic diagnosis system from axial slices using CNN(Convolutional Neural Network) for dynamic feature extraction and classification of normal and abnormal lumbar discs. We show 80:81% accuracy (with a specificity of 85:29% and sensitivity of 75:56%) on 86 cases (391 discs) using only an axial slice for each disc, which implies the usefulness of axial views for automatic lumbar abnormality diagnosis in conjunction with sagittal views.

  12. TREATMENT OF 29 CASES OF LUMBAR INTERVETEBRAL DISC PROTRUSION WITH GINGER-SEPARATED MOXIBUSTION

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    ZHAO Lixin; LI Wanting

    2002-01-01

    Objective: To observe the effect of ginger-separated moxibustion for treatment of lumbar intervertebrai disc prolapse. Methods: 29 Iumbar intervertebral disc protrusion patients including 21 males and 8 females were treated with ginger-separated moxibustion of Ashi-point and Jiaji (EX-B 2 , the affected region), 5 - 6 cones every time, once every other day, continuously for 5 times. Then the therapeutic effect was analyzed. Results: After treatment, of the 29 cases, 23(79.3% ) were cured, and the rest 6(20.7% ) experienced improvement. Conclusion: Ginger-separated moxibustion is fairly effective and safe in treatment of lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion.

  13. Reliability of movement control tests in the lumbar spine

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    de Bruin Eling D

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Movement control dysfunction [MCD] reduces active control of movements. Patients with MCD might form an important subgroup among patients with non specific low back pain. The diagnosis is based on the observation of active movements. Although widely used clinically, only a few studies have been performed to determine the test reliability. The aim of this study was to determine the inter- and intra-observer reliability of movement control dysfunction tests of the lumbar spine. Methods We videoed patients performing a standardized test battery consisting of 10 active movement tests for motor control in 27 patients with non specific low back pain and 13 patients with other diagnoses but without back pain. Four physiotherapists independently rated test performances as correct or incorrect per observation, blinded to all other patient information and to each other. The study was conducted in a private physiotherapy outpatient practice in Reinach, Switzerland. Kappa coefficients, percentage agreements and confidence intervals for inter- and intra-rater results were calculated. Results The kappa values for inter-tester reliability ranged between 0.24 – 0.71. Six tests out of ten showed a substantial reliability [k > 0.6]. Intra-tester reliability was between 0.51 – 0.96, all tests but one showed substantial reliability [k > 0.6]. Conclusion Physiotherapists were able to reliably rate most of the tests in this series of motor control tasks as being performed correctly or not, by viewing films of patients with and without back pain performing the task.

  14. Evidence against the use of lumbar spine radiography for low back pain

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    Bosch, M.A.A.J. van den E-mail: m.a.vandenbosch@azu.nl; Hollingworth, W.; Kinmonth, A.L.; Dixon, A.K

    2004-01-01

    AIM: To review abnormalities reported on plain radiographic examination of the lumbar spine in patients referred with low back pain by general practitioners. Additionally, we evaluated and stratified the prevalence of these abnormalities by age. Finally, the diagnostic impact of lumbar spine radiography for the diagnosis of degenerative change, fracture, infection and possible tumour, was modelled. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of 2007 radiographic reports of patients referred with low back pain for lumbar spine radiography to a large radiology department was performed. The reports were classified into different diagnostic groups and subsequently stratified according to age. The potential diagnostic impact of lumbar spine radiography was modelled by using the prevalence of conditions studied as pre-test probabilities of disease. RESULTS: The prevalence of reported lumbar spine degeneration increased with age to 71% in patients aged 65-74 years. The overall prevalence of fracture, possible infection, possible tumour was low in our study population: 4, 0.8 and 0.7%, respectively. Fracture and possible infection showed no association with age. Possible tumour was only reported in patients older than 55 years of age. CONCLUSION: Although the prevalence of degenerative changes was high in older patients, the therapeutic consequences of diagnosing this abnormality are minor. The prevalence of possible serious conditions was very low in all age categories, which implies radiation exposure in many patients with no significant lesions.

  15. Genotypic and antimicrobial characterisation of Propionibacterium acnes isolates from surgically excised lumbar disc herniations

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    Rollason, Jess; McDowell, Andrew; Albert, Hanne B

    2013-01-01

    The anaerobic skin commensal Propionibacterium acnes is an underestimated cause of human infections and clinical conditions. Previous studies have suggested a role for the bacterium in lumbar disc herniation and infection. To further investigate this, five biopsy samples were surgically excised...... from each of 64 patients with lumbar disc herniation. P. acnes and other bacteria were detected by anaerobic culture, followed by biochemical and PCR-based identification. In total, 24/64 (38%) patients had evidence of P. acnes in their excised herniated disc tissue. Using recA and mAb typing methods...... isolate collection (63%) suggests that the role of P. acnes in lumbar disc herniation should not be readily dismissed....

  16. Development of a method for quantitative measures of lumbar intervertebral disc structures

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    Tunset, Andreas; Kjær, Per; Chreiteh, Shadi Samir

    2013-01-01

    applicable description of quantitative methods for measuring lumbar disc herniations and related structures on sagittal MRIs. The objectives of this study were: 1) to develop methods for quantitative measures of intervertebral discs, lumbar disc herniations and dural sac/spinal canal using MRIs, 2......) to evaluate the agreement of these methods, and 3) to identify factors in the measurement procedures that may compromise agreement. Methods: In this intra- and inter-rater agreement study, lumbar quantitative measurements were performed on magnetic resonance images from 32 participants from a study cohort...... representative of the Danish general population. A new method for quantitative measures of intervertebral discs and related structures was developed and systematically described. MRI-images were measured twice by one rater for intra-rater agreement and once by a second rater for inter-rater agreement. Length...

  17. Development of a method for quantitative measures of lumbar intervertebral disc structures

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    Tunset, Andreas; Kjær, Per; Chreiteh, Shadi Samir;

    2013-01-01

    applicable description of quantitative methods for measuring lumbar disc herniations and related structures on sagittal MRIs. The objectives of this study were: 1) to develop methods for quantitative measures of intervertebral discs, lumbar disc herniations and dural sac/spinal canal using MRIs, 2......) to evaluate the agreement of these methods, and 3) to identify factors in the measurement procedures that may compromise agreement. Methods: In this intra- and inter-rater agreement study, lumbar quantitative measurements were performed on magnetic resonance images from 32 participants from a study cohort...... representative of the Danish general population. A new method for quantitative measures of intervertebral discs and related structures was developed and systematically described. MRI-images were measured twice by one rater for intra-rater agreement and once by a second rater for inter-rater agreement. Length...

  18. Regional variations in the compressive properties of lumbar vertebral trabeculae. Effects of disc degeneration

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    Keller, T.S.; Hansson, T.H.; Abram, A.C.; Spengler, D.M.; Panjabi, M.M. (Orthopaedic Biomechanics Lab, Nashville, TN (USA))

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    The compressive mechanical properties of human lumbar vertebral trabeculae were examined on the basis of anatomic origin, bone density, and intervertebral disc properties. Trabecular bone compressive strength and stiffness increased with increasing bone density, the latter proportional to strength and stiffness to the one-half power. Regional variations within each segment were found, the most prevalent differences occurring in regions of bone overlying the disc nucleus in comparison with bone overlying the disc anulus. For normal discs, the ratio of strength of bone overlying the disc nucleus to bone overlying the disc anulus was 1.25, decreasing to 1.0 for moderately degenerated discs. These results suggest that an interdependency of trabecular bone properties and intervertebral disc properties may exist.

  19. Outcomes and Complications of Diabetes Mellitus on Patients Undergoing Degenerative Lumbar Spine Surgery

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    Guzman, Javier Z.; Iatridis, James C.; Skovrlj, Branko; Cutler, Holt; Hecht, Andrew C.; Qureshi, Sheeraz A.; Cho, Samuel K.

    2014-01-01

    Study Design Retrospective database analysis. Objective To assess the effect glycemic control has on perioperative morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing elective degenerative lumbar spine surgery. Summary of background data Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a prevalent disease of glucose dysregulation that has been demonstrated to increase morbidity and mortality following spine surgery. However, there is limited understanding of whether glycemic control influences surgical outcomes in DM patients undergoing lumbar spine procedures for degenerative conditions. Methods The Nationwide Inpatient Sample was analyzed from 2002 to 2011. Hospitalizations were isolated based on International Classification of Diseases Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification procedural codes for lumbar spine surgery and diagnoses codes for degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine. Patients were then classified into three cohorts: controlled diabetics, uncontrolled diabetics and non-diabetics. Patient demographic data, acute complications and hospitalization outcomes were determined for each cohort. Results A total of 403,629 (15.7%) controlled diabetics and 19,421(0.75%) uncontrolled diabetics underwent degenerative lumbar spine surgery from 2002-2011. Relative to non-diabetics, uncontrolled diabetics had significantly increased odds of cardiac complications, deep venous thrombosis and post-operative shock; additionally, uncontrolled diabetics also had an increased mean length of stay (approximately 2.5 days), greater costs (1.3-fold) and a greater risk of inpatient mortality (odds ratio=2.6, 95% confidence interval=1.5-4.8, p degenerative lumbar spine surgery leads to increased risk of acute complications and poor outcomes. Patients with uncontrolled DM, or poor glucose control, may benefit from improving glycemic control prior to surgery. PMID:24983935

  20. Human Amniotic Tissue-derived Allograft, NuCel, in Posteriolateral Lumbar Fusions for Degenerative Disc Disease

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    2017-09-14

    Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease; Spinal Stenosis; Spondylolisthesis; Spondylosis; Intervertebral Disk Displacement; Intervertebral Disk Degeneration; Spinal Diseases; Bone Diseases; Musculoskeletal Diseases; Spondylolysis

  1. Early postoperative dislocation of the anterior Maverick lumbar disc prosthesis: report of 2 cases.

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    Gragnaniello, Cristian; Seex, Kevin A; Eisermann, Lukas G; Claydon, Matthew H; Malham, Gregory M

    2013-08-01

    The authors report on 2 cases of anterior dislocation of the Maverick lumbar disc prosthesis, both occurring in the early postoperative period. These cases developed after experience with more than 50 uneventful cases and were therefore thought to be unrelated to the surgeon's learning curve. No similar complications have been previously reported. The anterior Maverick device has a ball-and-socket design made of cobalt-chromium-molybdenum metal plates covered with hydroxyapatite. The superior and inferior endplates have keels to resist translation forces. The patient in Case 1 was a 52-year-old man with severe L4-5 discogenic pain; and in Case 2, a 42-year-old woman with disabling L4-5 and L5-S1 discogenic back pain. Both patients were without medical comorbidities and were nonsmokers with no risk factors for osteoporosis. Both had undergone uneventful retroperitoneal approaches performed by a vascular access surgeon. Computed tomography studies on postoperative Day 2 confirmed excellent prosthesis placement. Initial recoveries were uneventful. Two weeks postoperatively, after stretching (extension or hyperextension) in bed at home, each patient suffered the sudden onset of severe abdominal pain with anterior dislocation of the Maverick prosthesis. The patients were returned to the operating room and underwent surgery performed by the same spinal and vascular surgeons. Removal of the Maverick prosthesis and anterior interbody fusion with a separate cage and plate were performed. Both patients had recovered well with good clinical and radiological recovery at the 6- and 12-month follow-ups. Possible causes of the anterior dislocation of the Maverick prosthesis include the following: 1) surgeon error: In both cases the keel cuts were neat, and early postoperative CT confirmed good placement of the prosthesis; 2) equipment problem: The keel cuts may have been too large because the cutters were worn, which led to an inadequate press fit of the implants; 3) prosthesis

  2. Adolescent prolapsed lumbar intervertebral disc: Management strategies and outcome

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    Pragyan Sarma

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Lumbar intervertebral disc herniation (LIVDH is rare in children and adolescents when compared to adults. In literature, children generally constitute around 0.5–3% of surgically treated LIVDH. Though much rarer, they are less likely to respond to conservative treatment than adults. In this study, we analyze our experience in the management of adolescent LIVDH (ALIVDH (age group 12–18 years including the demographic, clinico-radiological features; surgical management strategies and outcome. Materials and Methods: This retrospective analysis constituted all patients between 12 and 18 years, who underwent surgery for LIVDH at our institute over a period of 15 years from January 1999 to June 2014. The records of these patients were retrieved, and demographic features, clinical picture, radiological features, operative findings, and postoperative events were evaluated. Follow-up data were obtained either through direct clinical evaluation or mailed self-report questionnaire and telephone conversations. The long-term outcome was analyzed by using standardized and condition specific outcome scales in addition to routine clinical follow-up evaluation. The long-term outcome was analyzed by using the short form-36 (SF-36.Results: There were a total of 32 patients (26 males, eight females with an average age of 15.64 years. Trauma was a significant etiological factor 57.14% (n = 16/28. Vertebral anomalies were present in 35.7% (n = 10/28 cases. Majority had a neurological deficit at presentation (n = 20/28. The most commonly involved level was the L4–L5 level (n = 18/128 in this series. Multiple level disc degeneration was present in eight patients (28.6%. Immediate postoperative relief was achieved in all but one patient. At long-term follow-up twenty patients were pain-free (71.4%. At follow-up, the physical functioning scale of SF-36 was significantly lower in patients with gross motor deficit prior to surgery. Conclusions: Early

  3. Numerical evaluation of the correlation between the normal variation in the sagittal alignment of the lumbar spine and the spinal loads.

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    Galbusera, Fabio; Brayda-Bruno, Marco; Costa, Francesco; Wilke, Hans-Joachim

    2014-04-01

    We present a numerical approach to reproduce various patterns of spino-pelvic organization. We wanted to predict the spinal loads in two static conditions (standing and holding a weight in the hands) based on parameters describing the shape of the lumbar spine: type following Roussouly classification, sacral slope, apex, inflection point and lumbar lordosis. Four hundred eighty finite element models including trunk muscles and representing the entire range of normal variability were created. The models predicted that, in the case of a moderate external load of 50 N, a lordotic and well balanced spine (e.g., type 3) could reduce the muscle activation in comparison with a more lordotic (type 4) spine, with negligible differences compared to a more straight spine (type 2). However, such a sagittal configuration was not correlated with a minimization of the loading state in the intervertebral discs, especially regarding anteroposterior shear loads. In the standing posture without any additional load, a less lordotic and more vertical spine (e.g., types 1 and 2) was sufficient to ensure a condition of minimal spinal loads. Despite a number of limitations, inverse statics numerical models of spine biomechanics including trunk muscles appear to be a promising tool to fill the knowledge gap between the clinical observations of the correlations between the spino-pelvic organization and the consequent spinal disorders.

  4. Outcomes After Lumbar Disc Herniation in the National Basketball Association.

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    Minhas, Shobhit V; Kester, Benjamin S; Hsu, Wellington K

    2016-01-01

    Professional basketball players are at risk for lumbar disc herniation (LDH), yet the evidence guiding treatment after operative or nonoperative management of this condition in the National Basketball Association (NBA) is limited. NBA players with LDH will have different performance outcomes based on treatment type. Case-control study. Level 4. Athletes in the NBA with an LDH were identified through team injury reports, transaction records, and public sports archives. A 1:2 case-control study was performed in which LDH players and players without LDH were matched for player variables. Statistical analysis was employed to compare pre- and postindex season performance (games played and player efficiency rating [PER]) and career longevity between test subjects and controls in the operatively treated (OT) and nonoperatively treated (NOT) cohorts. A total of 61 NBA players with LDH were included, of whom 34 underwent discectomy and 27 were managed nonoperatively. Return-to-play (RTP) rates did not differ between NOT and OT players (77.8% vs. 79.4%). When compared with controls, OT players played significantly fewer games and had a lower PER than controls during the first postoperative season, but no difference was seen 2 and 3 years after surgery, with no difference in postoperative career length. In contrast, no difference in games played or PER was seen between NOT players and controls, although NOT players played significantly fewer postindex seasons. NBA players have a high RTP rate regardless of type of treatment for LDH; however, postindex performance differs between surgically and nonoperatively managed patients when compared with players without an LDH. However, further studies with a larger sample size are required for more definitive recommendations. There is a high RTP rate after LDH in the NBA, although postindex performance may differ based on operative versus nonoperative treatment. © 2015 The Author(s).

  5. Association of abdominal obesity with lumbar disc degeneration--a magnetic resonance imaging study.

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To evaluate whether midsagittal (abdominal obesity in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, waist circumference (WC and body fat percentage are associated with lumbar disc degeneration in early adulthood. METHODS: We obtained the lumbar MRI (1.5-T scanner of 325 females and 233 males at a mean age of 21 years. Lumbar disc degeneration was evaluated using Pfirrmann classification. We analysed the associations of MRI measures of obesity (abdominal diameter (AD, sagittal diameter (SAD, ventral subcutaneous thickness (VST, and dorsal subcutaneous thickness (DST, WC and body fat percentage with disc degeneration sum scores using ordinal logistic regression. RESULTS: A total of 155 (48% females and 147 (63% males had disc degeneration. AD and SAD were associated with a disc degeneration sum score of ≥3 compared to disc degeneration sum score of 0-2 (OR 1.67; 95% confidence interval (CI 1.20-2.33 and OR 1.40; 95% CI 1.12-1.75, respectively among males, but we found no association among females. WC was also associated with disc degeneration among males (OR 1.03 per one cm; 95% CI 1.00-1.05, but not among females. CONCLUSION: Measures of abdominal obesity in MRI and waist circumference were associated with disc degeneration among 21-year-old males.

  6. 3-dimensional reconstructions of computer tomograms of the lumbar spine. Dreidimensionale Rekonstruktionsverfahren in der lumbalen Computertomographie

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    Kern, A.; Waggershauser, T.; Zendel, W.; Astinet, A.; Felix, R. (Universitaetsklinikum Rudolf Virchow, Berlin (Germany). Strahlenklinik und Poliklinik); Hansen, K.; Lanksch, W.R. (Universitaetsklinikum Rudolf Virchow, Berlin (Germany). Neurochirurgische Klinik und Poliklinik)

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    In this study, 50 patients were examined by a Siemens 'Somatom Plus'; continuous 2 mm sections between the third lumbar and first sacral vertebra were obtained. All these imaging procedures were suitable for the diagnosis of osteochondrosis and chondrosis. Spondylosis was diagnosed more frequently on 3-D CT. Spondyloarthrosis, with narrowing of the invertebral foramina and root canals is shown particularly well by 3-D CT, since the entire extent of these structures can be seen. 3-D surface reconstruction of the lumbar spine is useful in the diagnosis of lumbar spondyloarthrosis with narrowing of the root canals and of the spinal canal. This method of axial CT is superior to conventional radiography of the lumbar spine in the usual two planes. (orig./GDG).

  7. fMRI in patients with lumbar disc disease: a paradigm to study patients over time

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Harish A Sharma1, Rajarsi Gupta2, William Olivero31Robarts Imaging, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada; 2University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA; 3Neurological Surgery, University of Illinois UC/Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL, USAAbstract: Low back pain is a common human ailment. It is estimated that over 70% of the population will experience low back pain that will require medication and/or medical attention. There are many causes for low back pain, one being herniation of the discs of the lumbar spine. Treatment options are very limited. Why patients develop chronic pain especially when there is no known organic cause or when the offending painful stimulus has been removed remains poorly understood. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI is a technique that allows researchers to image which regions of the brain that are activated during motor, cognitive, and sensory experiences. Using fMRI to study pain has revealed new information about how the brain responds to painful stimuli and what regions of the brain are activated during pain. However, many of the paradigms used do not replicate the subject's pain or use painful stimuli in volunteers without pain. Also, following patients from their acute phase of pain to the chronic phase with serial fMRI has not been performed. In this study we developed a paradigm that would allow studying patients with low back pain and leg pain including lumbar radiculopathy to better mimic a clinical pain syndrome and to have a method of following patients with this type of pain over time.Keywords: functional magnetic resonance imaging, low back pain, pain syndrome, chronic pain

  8. Target radiofrequency combined with collagenase chemonucleolysis in the treatment of lumbar intervertebral disc herniation.

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    Zhang, Daying; Zhang, Yong; Wang, Zhijian; Zhang, Xuexue; Sheng, Mulan

    2015-01-01

    Both target radiofrequency thermocoagulation and collagenase chemonucleolysis are effective micro-invasive therapy means for lumbar intervertebral disc herniation. In order to analyze the clinical effects of target radiofrequency thermocoagulation combined with collagenase chemonucleolysis on lumbar intervertebral disc herniation, the contents of hydroxyproline and glycosaminoglycan were measured and the histological changes of nucleus pulposus was detected in the vitro experiments. Radiofrequency thermocoagulation reduced the hydrolyzation of herniated nucleus pulposus caused by collagenase, as well as the content of hydroxyproline and glycosaminoglycan. Furthermore, 236 patients with lumbar intervertebral disc herniation were treated by target radiofrequency thermocoagulation combined with collagenase chemonucleolysis. The efficiency was evaluated according to Macnab criteria, and the index of lumbar disc herniation (IDH) was compared pre-operation with 3 months post-operation. The post-operative good rate was 66.5% (157/236) at 2 weeks post-operation, and 88.1% (208/236) at 3 months post-operation. In the post-operative follow-up exam, 86.8% of the re-examined cases demonstrated smaller or ablated protrusion, with reduced IDH values from pre-operation, which was statistically significant. No serious complications were detected intra-operatively and post-operatively. In conclusion, target radiofrequency combined with collagenase chemonucleolysis was an effective and safe method for treatment of lumbar intervertebral disc herniation.

  9. Measurement of angular and linear segmental lumbar spine flexion-extension motion by means of image registration

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    Penning, L; Irwan, R; Oudkerk, M

    2005-01-01

    Background The presently available method of measuring segmental lumbar spine mobility by means of superimposition of lumbar spine radiographs in flexion and extension lacks precision due to differences in the cortical outline of the vertebral bodies in flexed and extended position. The introduction

  10. [CORRELATION OF LUMBAR FACET JOINT DEGENERATION AND SPINE-PELVIC SAGITTAL BALANCE].

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    Lo, Xin; Zhang, Bin; Liu, Yuan; Dai, Min

    2015-08-01

    To investigate the relationship between lumbar facet joint degeneration of each segment and spine-pelvic sagittal balance parameters. A retrospective analysis was made the clinical data of 120 patients with lumbar degenerative disease, who accorded with the inclusion criteria between June and November 2014. There were 58 males and 62 females with an average age of 53 years (range, 24-77 years). The disease duration ranged from 3 to 96 months (mean, 6.6 months). Affected segments included L3,4 in 32 cases, L4,5 in 47 cases, and L5, S1 in 52 cases. The CT and X-ray films of the lumbar vertebrae were taken. The facet joint degeneration was graded based on the grading system of Pathria. The spine-pelvic sagittal balance parameters were measured, including lumbar lordosis (LL), upper lumbar lordosis (ULL), lower lumbar lordosis (LLL), pelvic incidence (PI), pelvic tilt (PT), and sacral slope (SS). According to normal range of PI, the patients were divided into 3 groups: group A (PI was less than normal range), group B (PI was within normal range), and group C (PI was more than normal range). The facet joint degeneration was compared; according to the facet joint degeneration degree, the patients were divided into group N (mild degeneration group) and group M (serious degeneration group) to observe the relationship of lumbar facet joint degeneration of each segment and spine-pelvic sagittal balance parameters. At L4,5 and L5, S1, facet joint degeneration showed significant difference among groups A, B, and C (P 0.05). There was no significant difference in the other spine-pelvic sagittal balance parameters between groups N and M at each segment (P > 0.05) except for PT (P spine.

  11. Altered somatosensory profile according to quantitative sensory testing in patients with degenerative lumbar spine disorders scheduled for surgery.

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    Lindbäck, Yvonne; Tropp, Hans; Enthoven, Paul; Gerdle, Björn; Abbott, Allan; Öberg, Birgitta

    2017-06-17

    Somatosensory profiling in affected and non-affected body regions can strengthen our insight regarding the underlying pain mechanisms, which can be valuable in treatment decision making and to improve outcomes, in patients with degenerative lumbar spine disorders pre-surgery. The aim was to describe somatosensory profiles in patients with degenerative lumbar spine disorders, to identify the proportion with altered somatosensory profile, and to analyze demographic characteristics, self-reported function, pain, and health pre- and 3 months post-surgery. In this prospective cohort study in a Spine Clinic, 105 patients scheduled for surgery for spinal stenosis, disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, or spondylolisthesis were consecutively recruited. Exclusion criteria were; indication for acute surgery or previous surgery at the same spinal level or severe grade of pathology. Quantitative sensory testing (QST) and self-reported function, pain, and health was measured pre- and 3 months post-surgery. The somatosensory profile included cold detection threshold, warmth detection threshold, cold pain threshold, heat pain threshold and pressure pain threshold in affected and non-affected body regions. On a group level, the patients' somatosensory profiles were within the 95% confidence interval (CI) from normative reference data means. On an individual level, an altered somatosensory profile was defined as having two or more body regions (including a non-affected region) with QST values outside of normal ranges for reference data. The 23 patients (22%) with altered somatosensory profiles, with mostly loss of function, were older (P = 0.031), more often female (P = 0.005), had higher back and leg pain (P = 0.016, 0.020), lower mental health component summary score (SF-36 MCS) (P = 0.004) and larger pain distribution (P = 0.047), compared to others in the cohort. Post-surgery there was a tendency to worse pain, function and health in the group with

  12. MR imaging of herniated lumbar disc : morphologic change between supine and flexed-prone position

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    Seong, Jin Yong; Lee, Seung Ro; Moon, Won Jin; Park, Dong Woo; Hahm, Chang Kok [Hanyang Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sung Tae [Sungnam Inha Hospital, Sungnam (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-12-01

    The purpose of this study is to determine morphologic change in a herniated lumbar disc, as seen on MR imaging according to position change (supine and flexed-prone positions). A hundred and twenty-two patients with herniated lumbar discs, as seen on supine MR imaging, underwent repeat MR imaging in the flexed-prone position; 100 patients, who showed more than 2 deg of flexion angle difference, were included in this study. Sixty-two were men and thirty-eight were women, and their ages ranged from 13 to 59 (mean, 30) years. Disc degeneration was graded as 1,2 or 3, depending on the area of decreased signal intensity seen on a T2-weighted MR image. Difference in the angle of flexion is defined as the angle difference of lumbar curvature, calculated by the Begg-falconer method in supine and flexed-prone positions. Morphologic changes in herniated discs in difference positions were analysed on the basis of shape change of anterior epidural spaces, thecal sacs and posterior margins of herniated discs, and classified as either A (not changed) or B (changed). Group B was subtyped as type I (decreased herniation without change of shape), type II (decreased herniation with change of shape) or type III (increased disc herniation). We statistically analysed correlations between a patient`s age, morphologic change in a herniated disc in different positions, and degree of degeneration in such a disc, as well as the correlation between morphologic change in a herniated disc in different positions and the degree of the flexion angle. In the flexed-prone position, which is similar to that used during surgery, MRI can reveal various morphologic changes in a herniated lumbar disc, mainly decreased herniation, and is helpful in making decisions related to surgery. (author). 12 refs., 2 tabs., 4 figs.

  13. Abnormalities of the lumbar spine in the coronal plane on plain abdominal radiographs

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    Kilshaw, Michael; Baker, Richard P; Gardner, Richard; Charosky, Sebastian; Harding, Ian

    2010-01-01

    The main objective of this study is to determine the prevalence of coronal abnormalities of the lumbar spine in a large population of patients with respect to their age and sex. Lumbar degenerative disease is associated with degenerative scoliosis. Degenerative scoliosis and lateral listhesis are important features to identify before decompressive surgery as deformity may not be seen on magnetic resonance imaging scans. Scoliosis and lateral listhesis may be important in the development of sy...

  14. Anatomical basis for the interpretation of CT-scan imaging of the lumbar spine. Pitfalls

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    Laredo, J.D.; Bard, M.

    1988-01-01

    A good understanding of the normal anatomy of the lumbar spine is required for the interpretation of CT-scans obtained for ischiatic or crural neuralgia. An attempt has been made to rely on precise terminology to designate each anatomical region pertaining to the lumbar canal. Examples of tomodensitometric investigations of the normal intervertebral space are given, and criteria allowing for the identification of normal anatomical variations are also provided.

  15. Current concepts on spinal arthrodesis in degenerative disorders of the lumbar spine

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    Lykissas, Marios G; Aichmair, Alexander

    2013-01-01

    Back pain is a common chronic disorder that represents a large burden for the health care system. There is a broad spectrum of available treatment options for patients suffering from chronic lower back pain in the setting of degenerative disorders of the lumbar spine, including both conservative and operative approaches. Lumbar arthrodesis techniques can be divided into sub-categories based on the part of the vertebral column that is addressed (anterior vs posterior). Furthermore, one has to ...

  16. Effect of compressive follower preload on the flexion-extension response of the human lumbar spine.

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    Patwardhan, Avinash G; Havey, Robert M; Carandang, Gerard; Simonds, James; Voronov, Leonard I; Ghanayem, Alexander J; Meade, Kevin P; Gavin, Thomas M; Paxinos, Odysseas

    2003-05-01

    Traditional experimental methods are unable to study the kinematics of whole lumbar spine specimens under physiologic compressive preloads because the spine without active musculature buckles under just 120 N of vertical load. However, the lumbar spine can support a compressive load of physiologic magnitude (up to 1200 N) without collapsing if the load is applied along a follower load path. This study tested the hypothesis that the load-displacement response of the lumbar spine in flexion-extension is affected by the magnitude of the follower preload and the follower preload path. Twenty-one fresh human cadaveric lumbar spines were tested in flexion-extension under increasing compressive follower preload applied along two distinctly different optimized preload paths. The first (neutral) preload path was considered optimum if the specimen underwent the least angular change in its lordosis when the full range of preload (0-1200 N) was applied in its neutral posture. The second (flexed) preload path was optimized for an intermediate specimen posture between neutral and full flexion. A twofold increase in flexion stiffness occurred around the neutral posture as the preload was increased from 0 to 1200 N. The preload magnitude (400 N and larger) significantly affected the range of motion (ROM), with a 25% decrease at 1200 N preload applied along the neutral path. When the preload was applied along a path optimized for an intermediate forward-flexed posture, only a 15% decrease in ROM occurred at 1200 N. The results demonstrate that whole lumbar spine specimens can be subjected to compressive follower preloads of in vivo magnitudes while allowing physiologic mobility under flexion-extension moments. The optimized follower preload provides a method to simulate the resultant vector of the muscles that allow the spine to support physiologic compressive loads induced during flexion-extension activities.

  17. Comparative evaluation of a novel measurement tool to assess lumbar spine posture and range of motion.

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    Consmüller, Tobias; Rohlmann, Antonius; Weinland, Daniel; Druschel, Claudia; Duda, Georg N; Taylor, William R

    2012-11-01

    The diagnosis of low back pain pathology is generally based upon invasive image-based assessment of structural pathology, but is limited in methods to evaluate function. The accurate and robust measurement of dynamic function may assist in the diagnosis and monitoring of therapy success. Epionics SPINE is an advanced strain-gauge measurement technology, based on the two sensor strips SpineDMS system, which allows the non-invasive assessment of lumbar and thoraco-lumbar motion for periods of up to 24 h. The aim of this study was to examine the reliability of Epionics SPINE and to collect and compare normative data for the characterisation of spinal motion in healthy subjects. Furthermore, the identification of parameters that influence lumbar range of motion (RoM) was targeted. Spinal shape was measured using Epionics SPINE in 30 asymptomatic volunteers during upright standing, as well as maximum flexion and extension, to check intra-rater reliability. Furthermore, back shape was assessed throughout repeated maximum flexion and extension movements in 429 asymptomatic volunteers in order to collect normative data of the lordosis angle and RoM in different gender and age classes. The lordosis angle during standing in the healthy collective measured with Epionics SPINE was 32.4° ± 9.7°. Relative to this standing position, the average maximum flexion angle was 50.8° ± 10.9° and the average extension angle 25.0° ± 11.5°. Comparisons with X-ray and Spinal Mouse data demonstrated good agreement in static positions. Age played a larger role than gender in influencing lumbar posture and RoM. The Epionics SPINE system allows the practical and reliable dynamic assessment of lumbar spine shape and RoM, and may therefore provide a clinical solution for the evaluation of lower back pain as well as therapy monitoring.

  18. Do design variations in the artificial disc influence cervical spine biomechanics? A finite element investigation

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    Faizan, Ahmad; Goel, Vijay K.; Garfin, Steven R.; Serhan, Hassan; Biyani, Ashok; Elgafy, Hossein; Krishna, Manoj; Friesem, Tai; Bono, Christopher M

    2009-01-01

    Various ball and socket-type designs of cervical artificial discs are in use or under investigation. Many artificial disc designs claim to restore the normal kinematics of the cervical spine. What differentiates one type of design from another design is currently not well understood. In this study, authors examined various clinically relevant parameters using a finite element model of C3–C7 cervical spine to study the effects of variations of ball and socket disc designs. Four variations of b...

  19. The value of ultrasonic evaluation for diagnosis of lumbar disc herniation

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    Oh, Jae Cheon [Sarang Hospitl, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Rhim, Hyun Chul; Jeong, Woo Koeng; Lee, Seung Ro [Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2001-12-15

    The aim of the investigation was to evaluate the diagnostic effectiveness of sonography in the evaluation of the lower lumbar intervertebral disc herniations. Prospective ultrasonographic examinations by transabdominal approach were performed on 65 consecutive patients (32 males and 33 females) with clinically suspected lumbar disc herniation, and the findings were compared with MR findings. The transabdominal representation of lumbar disc herniations was successful in 64 cases at L3-4 level,59 cases at L4-5 level and 55 cases at L5-S1 level. The sonographic examination wa inconclusive in the some patients because of degenerative disc with vacuum phenomenon, osteophytosis and diminution of the intervertebal disc space. Both sensitivity and specificity of sonography were 100% at L3-4 level. At the same time, the sensitivity and specificity of sonography were 60% and 97% at L4-5 level and 36% and 100% at L5-S1 level. Although ultrasound is not currently used as a screening modality because of the low sensitivity, ultrasound shows a high specificity with non-invasiveness but without radiation hazard. Therefore, ultrasound can be used as an aid for diagnosing lumbar disc herniation, especially in young men without spondylosis.

  20. A stress fracture of the lumbar spine in a professional rugby player

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    Castinel, Bernard H; Adam, Philippe; Prat, Christophe

    2007-01-01

    In modern rugby, the spine is subjected to great physical pressure, with an increased number of impacts, on both the cervical and the lumbar spine. This case report illustrates overuse injuries of the lumbar spine in international professional rugby players. A 32‐year‐old sportsman had been practising rugby for 24 years and was playing for a championship level French team when he started suffering from a right lateral pain in the lumbosacral spine. A CT scan showed a unilateral isthmolysis and a coronal irregular fracture of the right pars interarticularis of L5. This led to discussion of (1) the importance of the decision on the date of return to playing rugby and (2) the future of professional rugby players with chronic spinal injuries. PMID:17138643

  1. Biomechanical comparison of lumbar spine with or without spina bifida occulta. A finite element analysis.

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    Sairyo, K; Goel, V K; Vadapalli, S; Vishnubhotla, S L; Biyani, A; Ebraheim, N; Terai, T; Sakai, T

    2006-07-01

    Biomechanical study using finite element model (FEM) of lumbar spine. Very high coincidence of spina bifida occulta (SBO) has been reported more than in 60% of lumbar spondylolysis. The altered biomechanics due to SBO is one considerable factor for this coincidence. Thus, in this study, the biomechanical changes in the lumbar spine due to the presence of SBO were evaluated. United States of America (USA). An experimentally validated three-dimensional nonlinear FEM of the intact ligamentous L3-S1 segment was used and modified to simulate two kinds of SBO at L5. One model had SBO with no change in the length of the spinous process and the other had a small dysplastic spinous process. Von Mises stresses at pars interarticularis were analyzed in the six degrees of lumbar motion with 400 N axial compression, which simulates the standing position. The range of motion at L4/5 and L5/S1 were also calculated. It was observed that the stresses in all the models were similar, and there was no change in the highest stress value when compared to the intact model. The range of motion was also similar in all the models. The lumbar kinematics of SBO was thus shown to be similar to the intact model. SBO does not alter lumbar biomechanics with respect to stress and range of motion. The high coincidence of spondylolysis in spines with SBO may not be due to the mechanical factors.

  2. Lubricin deficiency in the murine lumbar intervertebral disc results in elevated torsional apparent modulus.

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    Teeple, Erin; Aslani, Koosha; Shalvoy, Matthew R; Medrano, Jade E; Zhang, Ling; Machan, Jason T; Fleming, Braden C; Jay, Gregory D

    2015-07-16

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the mechanical consequences of proteoglycan 4 (Prg4) deficiency on intervertebral disc mechanics using a Prg4 knockout mouse model. Prg4, also called lubricin, was first identified as the boundary lubricant in synovial fluid but has subsequently been localized within a number of musculoskeletal tissues in areas subjected to shear and tensile stresses, including the intervertebral disc. The function of lubricin in the intervertebral disc has not been determined. Lumbar level 1-2 vertebral body-disc-vertebral body motion segments were isolated from Prg4 null mice and wild type (WT) litter mate controls. Disc dimensions were measured and motion segments were tested in axial loading and torsion. Torque measurements and disc dimensions were used to calculate the torsional apparent modulus for discs from Prg4 null and WT discs. Discs from Prg4 null mice had a significantly smaller mean transverse disc area (p=0.0057), with a significantly larger proportion of this area occupied by the nucleus pulposus (p<0.0001), compared to WT specimens. Apparent torsional moduli were found to be elevated in Prg4 null lumbar discs compared to WT controls at 10-10° (p=0.0048) and 10-30° (p=0.0127) rotation. This study suggests a functional role for Prg4 in the murine intervertebral disc. The absence of Prg4 was associated with an increased apparent torsional modulus and the structural consequences of Prg4 deficiency in the intervertebral disc, with expansion of the area of the nucleus pulposus relative to the transverse disc area in Prg4 null specimens.

  3. The Effects of Stretching with Lumbar Traction on VAS and Oswestry Scales of Patients with Lumbar 4-5 Herniated Intervertebral Disc.

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    Yang, Hae-Sun; Yoo, Won-Gyu

    2014-07-01

    [Purpose] This study investigated the effect of stretching with lumbar traction on VAS and Oswestry scale scores of lumbar 4-5 herniated intervertebral disc (HIVD) patients. [Subjects] We recruited 20 lumbar 4-5 HIVD patients. [Methods] We performed stretching with lumbar traction for lumbar 4-5 HIVD patients during 4 weeks. The VAS and Oswestry scales were measured before and 4 weeks after the intervention. [Results] The results showed a significant decrease in VAS scale scores for stretching with lumbar traction in lumbar 4-5 HIVD patients, from 18±1.29 to 2.1±1.35. The Oswestry scale scores also decreased significantly, from 20.35±2.01 to 3.5±2.84, after stretching with lumbar traction. [Conclusion] Thus, we suggest stretching with lumbar traction for lumbar 4-5 HIVD patients.

  4. TREATMENT OF 29 CASES OF LUMBAR INTERVETEBRAL DISC PROTRUSION WITH GINGER—SEPARATED MOXIBUSTION

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    赵立新; 李万婷

    2002-01-01

    Objective:To observe the effect of ginger-separated moxibustion for treatment of lumbar intervertepral disc prolapse.Methods:29 lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion patients including 21 males and 8 temales were treated with ginger-separated moxibustion of Ashi-point and Jiaji(EX-B 2,.the affected region),5-6 cones every time,once every other day,continuously for 5 times,Then the therapeutic effect was analyzed.Results:After treatment,of the 29 cases,23(79.3%) were cured,and the rest 6(20.7%)experienced improvement.Conclusion:Ginger-separated moxibustion is farily effective and safe in treatment of lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion.

  5. Intervention of CT Localization plus TCM Therapy on Prolapse of Lumbar Intervertebral Disc

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    LUO Zhi-hong; SHEN Wei-na

    2003-01-01

    Purpose To observe the curative effect of interventional therapy by CT localization combined traditional Chinese medicine on prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc. Method The inpatients of lumbar intervertebral disc prolapse were randomly divided into treatmentgroup and control group. Interventional therapy by CT localization combined TCM was used in the treatment group while in the control group TCM therapy was taken only. The treatment lasted for 10 days in both groups. Results The curative effect was 94.3% in the treatment group while 76.8% in the control one (P < 0.05), which had statistical meaning. Conclusion Interventional therapy by CT localization combined TCM on prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc had better effect and shorter treatment course.

  6. Modic改变在腰椎间盘退变中的意义%The significance of Modic change in lumbar disc degeneration

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    马铮; 丁文元; 杨大龙; 孙亚澎; 张立军

    2013-01-01

    Concerning the Modic change of lumbar spinal endplate, the Modic change types, forming causes, and the relationship between Modic change and degenerative lumbar diseases have been studied from anatomy, pathology, molecular biology and many other aspects at present. The degeneration of lumbar disc is a high risk factor of the Modic change. The degeneration of lumbar disc usually starts from cartilage endplate degeneration. The injury of cartilage endplate could accelerate the degeneration of lumbar disc. This article reviews the significance of Modic change of lumbar spinal endplate in lumbar disc degeneration. The cause of Modic change of the endplate, pathological change, the influence of inflammatory mediators on the endplate and the significance of Modic change in the treatment of degenerative lumbar diseases are summarized to analyze the relationship between the degeneration of lumbar disc and Modic change of endplate and to describe the influence of Modic change in the treatment of degenerative lumbar disc diseases.

  7. Longitudinal study of vertebral type-1 end-plate changes on MR of the lumbar spine

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    Mitra, D. [Department of Neuroradiology, Newcastle General Hospital, Westgate Road, NE4 6BE, Newcastle upon Tyne (United Kingdom); Cassar-Pullicino, V.N.; Mccall, I.W. [Department of Radiology, Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry (United Kingdom)

    2004-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the temporal evolution of type-1 end-plate changes on MRI in patients with degenerative disease of the lumbar spine and to evaluate whether any correlation exists between such evolution and the change in patients' symptoms. Forty-four patients with 48 Modic type-1 end-plate changes (low TI signal and high T2 signal) were studied. All patients had an initial and a follow-up non-contrast lumbar MRI with variable intervals between the studies (12-72 months). Severity of the end-plate changes was assessed by eyeball estimation. Correlation with patients' symptoms was studied with the help of the Visual Analogue Score (VAS), Oswestry Questionnaire Score (OQS) and patients' subjective assessment. Of the 48 disc levels with type-1 changes, 18 (37.5%) converted fully to type 2 (high T1 signal and intermediate to high T2 signal), 7 (14.6%) partially converted to type 2, 19 (39.6%) became worse (i.e. type 1 changes became more extensive) and 4 (8.3%) showed no change. Higher average VAS (5.7) and OQS (42.3) scores were noted in patients where there was worsening type-1 change and lower scores (3.8 and 27, respectively) were seen in those where there was conversion to type-2 change. These trends, however, did not reach statistical significance (P values 0.16 and 0.09 for VAS and OQS, respectively). The statistical relationship was stronger after exclusion of patients with confounding factors (i.e. changes in lumbar MRI other than end-plate changes that could independently explain the evolution of patients' symptoms) with P-values of 0.08 and 0.07 for VAS and OQS, respectively. Type-1 end-plate change represents a dynamic process and in a large majority of cases either converts to type-2 change or becomes more extensive. The evolution of type-1 change relates to change in patient's symptoms, but not to a statistically significant level. (orig.)

  8. Is Leg Length Discrepancy Associated With the Side of Radiating Pain in Patients With a Lumbar Herniated Disc?

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    ten Brinke, Albert P.T.; van der Aa, Hans E.; van der Palen, Jacobus Adrianus Maria; Oosterveld, Frits P.T.

    1999-01-01

    Study Design. The association between leg length discrepancy and the side of the radiating pain in lumbar disc herniation was investigated in a case series. Objectives. To investigate whether pain tends to radiate into the longer or shorter leg in patients with a lumbar herniated disc. Summary of Ba

  9. Comparison of T1-weighted fast spin-echo and T1-weighted fluid-attenuated inversion recovery images of the lumbar spine at 3.0 Tesla

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    Lavdas, Eleftherios; Vlychou, Marianna; Arikidis, Nikos; Kapsalaki, Eftychia; Roka, Violetta; Fezoulidis, Ioannis V. (Dept. of Radiology, Univ. Hospital of Larissa, Medical School of Thessaly, Mezourlo (Greece)), e-mail: mvlychou@med.uth.gr

    2010-04-15

    Background: T1-weighted fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) sequence has been reported to provide improved contrast between lesions and normal anatomical structures compared to T1-weighted fast spin-echo (FSE) imaging at 1.5T regarding imaging of the lumbar spine. Purpose: To compare T1-weighted FSE and fast T1-weighted FLAIR imaging in normal anatomic structures and degenerative and metastatic lesions of the lumbar spine at 3.0T. Material and Methods: Thirty-two consecutive patients (19 females, 13 males; mean age 44 years, range 30-67 years) with lesions of the lumbar spine were prospectively evaluated. Sagittal images of the lumbar spine were obtained using T1-weighted FSE and fast T1-weighted FLAIR sequences. Both qualitative and quantitative analyses measuring the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR), and relative contrast (ReCon) between degenerative and metastatic lesions and normal anatomic structures were conducted, comparing these sequences. Results: On quantitative evaluation, SNRs of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), nerve root, and fat around the root of fast T1-weighted FLAIR imaging were significantly lower than those of T1-weighted FSE images (P<0.001). CNRs of normal spinal cord/CSF and disc herniation/ CSF for fast T1-weighted FLAIR images were significantly higher than those for T1-weighted FSE images (P<0.001). ReCon of normal spinal cord/CSF, disc herniation/CSF, and vertebral lesions/CSF for fast T1-weighted FLAIR images were significantly higher than those for T1-weighted FSE images (P<0.001). On qualitative evaluation, it was found that CSF nulling and contrast at the spinal cord (cauda equina)/CSF interface for T1-weighted FLAIR images were significantly superior compared to those for T1-weighted FSE images (P<0.001), and the disc/spinal cord (cauda equina) interface was better for T1-weighted FLAIR images (P<0.05). Conclusion: The T1-weighted FLAIR sequence may be considered as the preferred lumbar spine imaging

  10. Lumbar apophyseal ring fracture and disc herniation: CT and MRI manifestations

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    Lee, Hyeon Kyeong; Kang, Heung Sik [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Song, Chi Sung [Young-Deung-Po City Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1991-07-15

    To understand CT and MR findings and, furthermore, the pathophysiology of the lumbar apophyseal ring fracture (LARF) associated with lumbar disc herniation in 31 cases of LARF (CT was performed in 23, MRI in 18, and both CT and MRI in 12), we studied the age and sex distribution of the patients, history of trauma, shape of bony fragment, number of lesions, lesion sites, associated lumbar disc herniations, and evidence of Scheuermann's disease. Twenty-three out of 31 patients were male, 6 were adolescents, 21 were young adults, and 4 were middled-aged. Arcuate or nodular bone fragment and/or bone defects were detected at the posterior margin of L1 in 2, L2 in 1, L3 in 1, L4 in 10, L5 in 20 and S1 in 7 patients. Eight patients showed multiple LARF, and 13 showed multiple lumbar disc herniations. Radiologic evidence of Scheuermann's disease was obvious in 9 patients. Only 6 patients had a history of evident trauma. CT and MRI showed a similar detection rate of bone fragments and defects. We concluded that LARF would be encountered in young male patients with multiple lumbar disc herniations and evidence of Scheuermann's disease.

  11. Treatment of 30 Cases of Prolapse of Lumbar Intervertebral Disc by Electroacupuncture plus Tuina

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    JIANG Gui-mei; JIA Chao; WU Xue-fei

    2003-01-01

    Purpose: To observe the clinical therapeutic effect of electro acupuncture plus Tuina on treating prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc. Methods: Electro -acupuncture at Jiaji(Ex-B 2) acupoints plus reduction manipulations were used to treat 30 cases of prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc. Results: After 2 courses of treatment, among the 30 cases, 8 cases were cured and 22cases got improvements, and the effective rate was 100%.Conclusion: Electroacupuncture plus reduction manipula -tions had a satisfactory effect on treating this disease;and it can significantly improve the clinical symptoms of the patients.

  12. Conservative treatment of lumbar disc herniation. Epidural steroid injection and MRI findings

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    Ohmura, Munehisa; Sakanaka, Hideki; Wada, Eiji; Inaoka, Masahiro; Yonenobe, Sakuo [Kansai Rosai Hospital, Amagasaki, Hyogo (Japan)

    1996-01-01

    A study was made on the efficacy of the epidural injection of steroids in 65 patients of lumbar disc herniation. It was recognized that epidural steroids were effective in 49 cases (75 percent) and the effect was closely correlated with the prognosis of lumbar disc herniation. On follow-up MRI studies, a definite decrease in the size of the herniated nucleus pulposus was observed in six patients of the sequestration type: disappearance in five. No definite change was observed except for one patient in the protrusion type. (author).

  13. IMPACT OF SPINAL DECOMPRESSION ON PAIN IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC LUMBAR DISC PROLAPSE

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: DRX9000 spinal decompression is slightly known for treating chronic lumbar disc prolapse. The aim of the study was to examine the effectiveness of DRX9000spinal decompression on pain in chroniclumbar disc prolapse (CLDP. Methods: twenty male subjects with chronic lumbar disc prolapse,aged between 40:60 years were included in the study. They were assessed forpain intensity byslump test,straight leg raising test (SLR,modified Oswestery questionnaire (OQ and visual analogue scale (VAS. The study continued forsix weeks, the 20 patients were equally divided into two groups. Group A (experimental received spinal decompression, stability and McKenzie exercises; and ice, at a rate of 3 days per week, the duration of each session was 60 minutes. While group B (control were treated by exercises and ice only. Results: Majority of patients had positive findings in reducing pain clinically; however, statistically there was no significant difference. Conclusion: It can be concluded that spinal decompression has an effect, but not statistically significant in decreasing pain on patients with lumbar disc prolapse. This may be due to limited number of patients. We can recommend increasing the sample size to generalize the results, MRI scan follow up should be done after one year to determine if the effects are permanent or transient, comparing the effects of decompression between acute & chronic cases of lumbar disc prolapse, also male & female patients.

  14. Sarcomere length organization as a design for cooperative function amongst all lumbar spine muscles.

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    Zwambag, Derek P; Ricketts, T Alexander; Brown, Stephen H M

    2014-09-22

    The functional design of spine muscles in part dictates their role in moving, loading, and stabilizing the lumbar spine. There have been numerous studies that have examined the isolated properties of these individual muscles. Understanding how these muscles interact and work together, necessary for the prediction of muscle function, spine loading, and stability, is lacking. The objective of this study was to measure sarcomere lengths of lumbar muscles in a neutral cadaveric position and predict the sarcomere operating ranges of these muscles throughout full ranges of spine movements. Sarcomere lengths of seven lumbar muscles in each of seven cadaveric donors were measured using laser diffraction. Using published anatomical coordinate data, superior muscle attachment sites were rotated about each intervertebral joint and the total change in muscle length was used to predict sarcomere length operating ranges. The extensor muscles had short sarcomere lengths in a neutral spine posture and there were no statistically significant differences between extensor muscles. The quadratus lumborum was the only muscle with sarcomere lengths that were optimal for force production in a neutral spine position, and the psoas muscles had the longest lengths in this position. During modeled flexion the extensor, quadratus lumborum, and intertransversarii muscles lengthened so that all muscles operated in the approximate same location on the descending limb of the force-length relationship. The intrinsic properties of lumbar muscles are designed to complement each other. The extensor muscles are all designed to produce maximum force in a mid-flexed posture, and all muscles are designed to operate at similar locations of the force-length relationship at full spine flexion.

  15. CT of adult lumbar disc herniations mimicking posterior apophyseal ring fractures

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    Gomori, J.M. (Hadassah Univ. Hospital, Jerusalem (Israel). Dept. of Radiology); Floman, Y.; Liebergall, M. (Hadassah Univ. Hospital, Jerusalem (Israel). Dept. of Orthopedics)

    1991-10-01

    This report concerns 35 adult patients with lumbar or sciatic pain and axial CT findings reportedly associated with posterior apophyseal ring fractures. Review of the CT images suggested two pathophysiologic categories. (1) Posterior Schmorl - A posterior intravertebral disc herniation with posterior displacement of a fractured or remodelled vertebral margin. (2) Calcified subligamentous - Reactive annular and or posterior longitudinal ligament calcification at the periphery of a herniated disc with or without remodelling and anterior displacement of the posterior vertebral margin. (orig.).

  16. Rehabilitation of Football Players with Lumbar Spine Injury. (Part 2 of 2).

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    Saal, Jeffrey A.

    1988-01-01

    The training phase of a rehabilitation program for football players who have sustained lower back injuries proceeds after the pain-control phase, and seeks to minimize risk of reinjury. This phase emphasizes movement training and exercise for strengthening abdominal muscles to stabilize the lumbar spine. A removable exercise guide is included.…

  17. RADIOGRAPHIC MEASUREMENTS OF THE HEIGHTS OF VERTEBRAL BODIES IN THORACIC AND LUMBAR SPINE

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    戴力扬

    1996-01-01

    Radiographic measurements was performed on 124 normal adults for anterior, posterior and middle heights of the vertebral bodies in thoracic and lumbar spine. The normal ratios of vertebral height in one vertebral body and one with the adjacent bodies were presented. The method for measurement and its diagnostic value to osteoporodc vertebral fractures were discussed.

  18. Psoas muscle and lumbar spine stability : a concept uniting existing controversies - Critical review and hypothesis

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    Penning, L

    2000-01-01

    Psoas muscle (PM) function with regard to the lumbar spine (LS) is disputed. Electromyographic studies attribute to the PM a possible role as stabilizer. Anatomical textbooks describe the PM as an LS flexor, but not a stabilizer. According to more recent anatomical studies, the PM does not act on th

  19. Minimally invasive lateral trans-psoas approach for tuberculosis of lumbar spine

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    Nitin Garg

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Anterior, posterolateral and posterior approaches are used for managing lumbar tuberculosis. Minimally invasive methods are being used increasingly for various disorders of the spine. This report presents the utility of lateral trans-psoas approach to the lumbar spine (LS using minimal access techniques, also known as direct lateral lumbar interbody fusion in 2 cases with tuberculosis of LS. Two patients with tuberculosis at L2-3 and L4-5 presented with back pain. Both had destruction and deformity of the vertebral body. The whole procedure comprising debridement and placement of iliac crest graft was performed using tubular retractors and was augmented by posterior fixation using percutaneous transpedicular screws. Both patients recovered well with no significant procedure related morbidity. Post-operative computed tomography scans showed appropriate position of the graft and instrumentation. At follow-up, both patients are ambulant with no progression of the deformity. Minimal access direct lateral transpsoas approach can be used for debridement and reconstruction of ventral column in tuberculous of Lumbar spine. This paper highlights the growing applications of minimal access surgery for spine.

  20. Psoas muscle and lumbar spine stability : a concept uniting existing controversies - Critical review and hypothesis

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    Penning, L

    2000-01-01

    Psoas muscle (PM) function with regard to the lumbar spine (LS) is disputed. Electromyographic studies attribute to the PM a possible role as stabilizer. Anatomical textbooks describe the PM as an LS flexor, but not a stabilizer. According to more recent anatomical studies, the PM does not act on

  1. Spinal muscles can create compressive follower loads in the lumbar spine in a neutral standing posture.

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    Han, Kap-Soo; Rohlmann, Antonius; Yang, Seok-Jo; Kim, Byeong Sam; Lim, Tae-Hong

    2011-05-01

    The ligamentous spinal column buckles under compressive loads of even less than 100N. Experimental results showed that under the follower load constraint, the ligamentous lumbar spine can sustain large compressive loads without buckling, while at the same time maintaining its flexibility reasonably well. The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility of follower loads produced by spinal muscles in the lumbar spine in a quiet standing posture. A three-dimensional static model of the lumbar spine incorporating 232 back muscles was developed and utilized to perform the optimization analysis in order to find the muscle forces, and compressive follower loads (CFLs) along optimum follower load paths (FLPs). The effect of increasing external loads on CFLs was also investigated. An optimum solution was found which is feasible for muscle forces producing minimum CFLs along the FLP located 11 mm posterior to the curve connecting the geometrical centers of the vertebral bodies. Activation of 30 muscles was found to create CFLs with zero joint moments in all intervertebral joints. CFLs increased with increasing external loads including FLP deviations from the optimum location. Our results demonstrate that spinal muscles can create CFLs in the lumbar spine in a neutral standing posture in vivo to sustain stability. Therefore, its application in experimental and numerical studies concerning loading conditions seems to be suitable for the attainment of realistic results. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  2. Structural health monitoring (vibration) as a tool for identifying structural alterations of the lumbar spine

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    Kawchuk, Gregory N; Hartvigsen, Jan; Edgecombe, Tiffany

    2016-01-01

    concordant or discordant. Vibration was then applied to each subject's spine and the resulting response recorded from sensors overlying lumbar spinous processes. The peak frequency, area under the curve and the root mean square were computed from the frequency response function of each sensor. Statistical...

  3. Restoration and preservation of disc height and segmental lordosis with circumferential lumbar fusion: a retrospective analysis of cage versus bone graft.

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    Liebensteiner, Michael C; Jesacher, Guenther; Thaler, Martin; Gstoettner, Michaela; Liebensteiner, Marlies V; Bach, Christian M

    2011-02-01

    Retrospective radiographic analysis. To determine whether restoration and preservation of (a) disc height and (b) segmental lordosis differ between patients treated with circumferential lumbar fusion using a bone graft or a cage for anterior support. Restoration of disc height and lordosis is considered to be of crucial importance in circumferential fusion (CF). To determine whether restoration and preservation of disc height and segmental lordosis are dependent on the type of anterior support used, we compared the use of a cage with that of a bone graft in CF. We retrospectively analyzed disc height and segmental lordosis in patients treated with primary lumbar monosegmental CF. The minimum period of follow-up was 9 months. A cage was used for anterior support in 23 patients and a bone graft in a further 23 patients. Disc height was determined on radiographs using an earlier introduced and validated distortion-compensated roentgen analysis, which was developed to compensate for distortion in central projection, off-center position, variation of stature, axial rotation, and lateral tilt of the spine. Disc height was restored in both groups but differences between preoperative and postoperative disc heights were significantly greater in the cage group (P=0.006). The cage also proved to be superior with regard to disc height preservation after follow-up (P=0.001). In addition, there was significantly less postoperative loss of segmental lordosis in the cage group (P=0.026). The cage proved superior to the bone graft as anterior support in CF with respect to restoration/preservation of lordosis and disc height. However, no conclusions concerning clinical outcome or cost effectiveness can be drawn on the basis of this study.

  4. A radiographic assessment of lumbar spine posture in four different upright standing positions.

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    Gallagher, Kaitlin M; Sehl, Michael; Callaghan, Jack P

    2016-08-01

    Approximately 50% of a sample population will develop prolonged standing induced low back pain. The cause of this pain may be due to their lumbar spine posture. The purpose of this study was to investigate differences in lumbar posture between 17 participants categorized as a pain or non-pain developers during level ground standing. A secondary purpose was to evaluate the influence of two standing aids (an elevated surface to act as a foot rest and declined sloped surface) on lumbopelvic posture. Four sagittal plane radiographs were taken: a normal standing position on level ground, when using an elevated foot rest, using a declined sloped surface, and maximum lumbar spine extension as a reference posture. Lumbosacral lordosis, total lumbar lordosis, and L1/L2 and L5/S1 intervertebral joint angles were measured on each radiograph. There was a significant difference between the lumbosacral lordosis angle and L5/S1 angles in upright versus maximum extension; however, this was independent of pain group. The elevated surface was most effective at causing lumbosacral spine flexion. Potentially successful postures for eliminating low back pain during prolonged standing mainly influence the lower lumbar lordosis. Future work should assess the influence of hip posture on low back pain development during standing. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Are Modic changes related to outcomes in lumbar disc herniation patients treated with imaging-guided lumbar nerve root blocks?

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    Peterson, Cynthia K., E-mail: cynthia.peterson@balgrist.ch [Department of Radiology, Orthopaedic University Hospital Balgrist, University of Zürich (Switzerland); Pfirrmann, Christian W.A. [Department of Radiology, Orthopaedic University Hospital Balgrist, University of Zürich (Switzerland); Hodler, Jürg [Department of Radiology, University Hospital, University of Zürich (Switzerland)

    2014-10-15

    Objective: To compare outcomes after imaging-guided transforaminal lumbar nerve root blocks in MRI confirmed symptomatic disc herniation patients with and without Modic changes (MC). Methods: Consecutive adult patients with MRI confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniations and an imaging-guided lumbar nerve root block injection who returned an outcomes questionnaire are included. Numerical rating scale (NRS) pain data was collected prior to injection and 20–30 min after injection. NRS and overall improvement were assessed using the patient's global impression of change (PGIC) scale at 1 day, 1 week and 1 month post injection. The proportion of patients with and without MC on MRI as well as Modic I and Modic II was calculated. These groups were compared for clinically relevant ‘improvement’ using the Chi-squared test. Baseline and follow-up NRS scores were compared for the groups using the unpaired t-test. Results: 346 patients are included with MC present in 57%. A higher percentage of patients without MC reported ‘improvement’ and a higher percentage of patients with MC reported ‘worsening’ but this did not reach statistical significance. The numerical scores on the PGIC and NRS scales showed that patients with MC had significantly higher pain and worse overall improvement scores at 1 month (p = 0.048 and p = 0.03) and a significantly lower 1 month NRS change score (p = 0.04). Conclusions: Patients with MRI confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniations and MC report significantly lower levels of pain reduction after a lumbar nerve root block compared to patients without MC.

  6. Pathophysiological basis of lumbar disc degeneration: imaging analysis.

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    Ostrum, B J; Romy, M; Swartz, J D

    1993-12-01

    This article provides a brief synopsis of the pathoanatomic basis of disc degeneration. An attempt is made to correlate CT, MR and CT discographic findings. The T2-weighted sagittal images are the most sensitive for evaluating disc degeneration. The contour changes on axial CT and MR scans are sensitive for abnormalities but not always specific. The CT discogram adds information unavailable by other imaging methods pertaining to the internal architecture of the disc. It additionally defines focal nuclear herniations and also is helpful in evaluating the stage of disc degeneration.

  7. The Relation Between Sacral Angle and Vertical Angle of Sacral Curvature and Lumbar Disc Degeneration: A Case-Control Study.

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    Ghasemi, Ahmad; Haddadi, Kaveh; Khoshakhlagh, Mohammad; Ganjeh, Hamid Reza

    2016-02-01

    The purpose of this study is to determine the reliability and validity of a goniometric measurement of the vertical angle of the sacrum and sacral angle (SA), and their relationships to lumbar degeneration.A herniated lumbar disc is one of the most frequent medical issues. Investigators in a number of studies have reported associated risk factors for prevalent disc degeneration. Atypical lumbosacral angles and curvature are thought to contribute to the degradation of the spine by many researchers. This study analyzed 360 patients referred to our clinic from 2013 to 2015 due to low back pain. A cross-sectional case-control study was designed in order to compare the sagittal alignment of the lumbosacral area in 3 groups of patients suffering from LBP. A total 120 patients were in a control group with a normal lumbar magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), 120 patients had lumbar disk herniation (LDH), and 120 patients had spinal stenosis. From the sagittal plan of lumbar MRI, SA and vertical angle of sacral curvature (VASC) were determined and then analyzed.The means of VASC in these groups were: 38.98 (SD: 6.36 ± 0.58), 40.89 (SD: 7.69 ± 0.69), and 40.54 (SD: 7.13 ± 0.92), respectively (P = 0.089). Moreover, studies of SA in 3 groups showed that the means of SA were: 39.30 (SD: 6.69 ± 0.63), 40.52 (SD: 7.47 ± 0.65), and 35.63 (SD: 6.07 ± 0.79), respectively. Relation between SA and spinal stenosis was just statistically significant (P ≤ 0.05).One significant limitation of our study is the lack of standing MRI for increased accuracy of measurement. However, we were reluctant to give patients needless exposure to radiation from conventional X-ray, and instead used MRI scans. We did not find any significant correlation between the VASC and LDH in lumbar MRI. Also, SA is not an independent risk factor for LDH in men and women. We suggested that there are several biomechanical factors involved in LDH.

  8. Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) rods: short-term results in lumbar spine degenerative disease.

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    Colangeli, S; Barbanti Brodàno, G; Gasbarrini, A; Bandiera, S; Mesfin, A; Griffoni, C; Boriani, S

    2015-06-01

    Pedicle screw and rod instrumentation has become the preferred technique for performing stabilization and fusion in the surgical treatment of lumbar spine degenerative disease. Rigid fixation leads to high fusion rates but may also contribute to stress shielding and adjacent segment degeneration. Thus, the use of semirigid rods made of polyetheretherketone (PEEK) has been proposed. Although the PEEK rods biomechanical properties, such as anterior load sharing properties, have been shown, there are few clinical studies evaluating their application in the lumbar spine surgical treatment. This study examined a retrospective cohort of patients who underwent posterior lumbar fusion for degenerative disease using PEEK rods, in order to evaluate the clinical and radiological outcomes and the incidence of complications.

  9. Bilateral gluteal compartment syndrome and severe rhabdomyolysis after lumbar spine surgery.

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    Rudolph, Thomas; Løkebø, Jan Eirik; Andreassen, Lasse

    2011-07-01

    Gluteal compartment syndrome (GCS) is an extremely rare and potentially devasting disorder, most commonly caused by gluteal muscle compression in extend periods of immobilization. We report a 65-year-old obese man with hypertension, diabetes mellitus type 2 and hypercholesterolemia underwent lumbar spine surgery in knee-chest position because of degenerative lumbar stenosis. Perioperative hypotension occurred. After surgery, the patient developed increasing pain in the buttocks of both sides and oliguria with darkened urine. Stiffness, tenderness and painful swelling of patients gluteal muscles of both sides, high creatine phosphokinase level, myoglobulinuria and oliguria led to diagnosis of bilateral GCS, complicated by severe rhabdomyolysis (RM) and acute renal failure. In conclusion, obese patients with vascular risk factors and perioperative hypotension may be at risk for developing bilateral GCS and RM when performing prolonged lumbar spine surgery. Early diagnosis and treatment is important, as otherwise, the further course may be fatal.

  10. Radiographical analysis concernig the etiology of degenerative spondylolisthesis of the lumbar spine

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    Ihara, Koichiro (Yamaguchi Univ., Ube (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1989-12-01

    The purpose of this article is to evaluate radiographically degenerative spondylolisthesis of the lumbar spine, with the main focus on the configuration of posterior elements. A comparative study between 49 cases of degenerative spondylolisthesis and 99 cases of other lumbar disorders was performed, using 13 radiographical parameters. The results clearly indicate the posterior elements of degenerative spondylolisthesis shifted horizontally and sagittally to allow slipping. This was due to the weak bony hook mechanism. Furthermore, almost all facet joints were morphologically classified as sagittal or intermediate type. Another meaningful difference was the alignment of the lumbar spine which showed an increase in both lordosis and lumbosacral angle. On the other hand, the level of Jacoby's line was almost the same in both groups. These characteristic configurations could be the cause of listhesis, although further study should be carried out to elucidate whether they are present at the non-listhetic stage. (author).

  11. The influence of initial resting posture on range of motion of the lumbar spine.

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    Coates, J E; McGregor, A H; Beith, I D; Hughes, S P

    2001-08-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of initial resting posture on range of motion of the lumbar spine in 18 normal subjects. Subjects resting posture and active range of motion was measured using the CA-6000 Spinal Motion Analyser (OSI, USA) in five test positions, namely in flat standing and with a variety of heel raises. Analysis showed that there was no significant correlation between subject's normal resting posture and active range of motion. However, when subjects resting posture was artificially altered with heel raises, significant effects on the active range of motion were demonstrated. Increasing heel height significantly influenced resting posture in the sagittal plane only. As heel height increased, the lumbar lordosis decreased and a significant reduction in the range of lumbar spine flexion (Pspine as an examination tool and suggest that studies using range of motion as an outcome measure should consider initial resting posture. Copyright 2001 Harcourt Publishers Ltd.

  12. Study on the law of the structural degeneration of lumbar spine%腰椎相关结构退变规律的研究分析

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    陈国梅; 金跃兵; 黄源炳; 陈荣焕; 李雪鹏; 樊亮波

    2016-01-01

    Objective To explore the law of the degeneration of lumbar spine related structures.Methods X-ray and CT data of 983 patients with lumbar spine degeneration were analyzed,the degenerative diseases of lumbar vertebral bodies,intervertebral discs,facet joints,ligaments and degenerative instability of lumbar spine were observed,the degeneration rate of lumbar spine related structures in different ages,genders and segments were calculated.Results In 983 cases of lumbar spine degeneration,the degeneration rate of lumbar disc was the highest (65.1%),followed by vertebral body (53.4%),vertebral facet joint (35.5%),ligament (28.4%) and lumbar instability (25.7%).Patients whose age below 40 years old had a lower incidence of lumbar spine degeneration,and the disc degeneration was the main;patients whose age over 40 years old had a higher incidence of lumbar spine degeneration.The degeneration rate of lumbar intervertebral disc and vertebral body in male were higher than those in female,there were no statistically significant differences in the degeneration rate of intervertebral joint and ligament between male and female,the lumbar degenerative instability rate in female was higher than that in male.The degeneration rate of L4-5 segment was the highest (73.1%),followed by L5-S1 segment (62.7%),L3-4 segment (48.9%),and L2-3 segment (30.8%).Conclusions The lumbar spine degeneration increases accompanied by age increases,and its degeneration of different anatomical structure is not consistent,but they are reciprocal causation and mutual influence in the process of degeneration,induce,accelerate and aggravate the process of degeneration each other.Fully understanding the law of lumbar spine related structural degeneration plays a key role in the prevention and treatment of lumbar spine degeneration.%目的 探讨腰椎相关结构的退变规律.方法 对983例腰椎退变患者X光及CT片资料进行分析,观察椎体、椎间盘、椎小关节、韧带

  13. Neck posture during lifting and its effect on trunk muscle activation and lumbar spine posture.

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    Hlavenka, Thomas M; Christner, Vanessa F K; Gregory, Diane E

    2017-07-01

    Neck and head posture have been found to have a significant influence on the posture of the lower spine region during lifting and both an extended/upward gaze and a flexed/downward gaze have been hypothesized to lead to increased pain and/or overuse of the neck musculature. As a result, strength training recommendations have turned to the use of a retracted neck posture as being the safer posture to assume during lifting. This study examined trunk and neck muscle activity and lumbar spine posture in seven participants while performing moderate load lifts using a retracted neck posture (chin drawn in posteriorly; recently gaining popularity among coaches, trainers, and physical therapists to reduce neck pain during lifting, and freestyle neck posture (no instructions given). The retracted neck resulted in less lumbar spine flexion and increased lumbar erector spinae, external oblique, and sternocleidomastoid activity. The retracted posture also resulted in decreased activity in the thoracic erector spinae and dorsal neck musculature. The increased trunk and sternocleidomastoid activity and decreased spine flexion observed in the seven participants of this study when lifting with a retracted neck may have the potential to help lower the risk of spine pain/injury. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Association between promoter -1607 polymorphism of MMP1 and Lumbar Disc Disease in Southern Chinese

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    Leong John CY

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs are involved in the degradation of the extracellular matrix of the intervertebral disc. A SNP for guanine insertion/deletion (G/D, the -1607 promoter polymorphism, of the MMP1 gene was found significantly affecting promoter activity and corresponding transcription level. Hence it is a good candidate for genetic studies in DDD. Methods Southern Chinese volunteers between 18 and 55 years were recruited from the population. DDD in the lumbar spine was defined by MRI using Schneiderman's classification. Genomic DNA was isolated from the leukocytes and genotyping was performed using the Sequenom® platform. Association and Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium checking were assessed by Chi-square test and Mann-Whitney U test. Results Our results showed substantial evidence of association between -1607 promoter polymorphism of MMP1 and DDD in the Southern Chinese subjects. D allelic was significantly associated with DDD (p value = 0.027, odds ratio = 1.41 with 95% CI = 1.04–1.90 while Genotypic association on the presence of D allele was also significantly associated with DDD (p value = 0.046, odds ratio = 1.50 with 95% CI = 1.01–2.24. Further age stratification showed significant genotypic as well as allelic association in the group of over 40 years (genotypic: p value = 0.035, odds ratio = 1.617 with 95% CI = 1.033–2.529; allelic: p value = 0.033, odds ratio = 1.445 with 95% CI = 1.029–2.029. Disc bulge, annular tears and the Schmorl's nodes were not associated with the D allele. Conclusion We demonstrated that individuals with the presence of D allele for the -1607 promoter polymorphism of MMP1 are about 1.5 times more susceptible to develop DDD when compared with those having G allele only. Further association was identified in individuals over 40 years of age. Disc bulge, annular tear as well as Schmorl's nodes were not associated with this polymorphism.

  15. A CLINICAL STUDY OF OPERATIVE TREATMENT FOR LUMBAR INTERVERTEBRAL DISC PROLAPSE

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    Anilkumar S. D

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Amongst painful diseases, sciatica occupies a foremost place by reason of its prevalence, its production by a great variety of conditions, the great disablement it may produce and its tending to relapse all of which have led to its recognition as one of the great scourges of humanity. Intervertebral disc prolapse is the important and common cause of low back pain and sciatica. Here, the subject of laminectomy and discectomy in the treatment of proven intervertebral disc prolapse in the lower lumbar region is reviewed and its results examined. AIM OF STUDY This study was undertaken in order to evaluate the following objectives. PRIMARY Analysis of clinical parameters and per operative findings of lumbar intervertebral disc prolapse. SECONDARY Analysis of clinical parameters and surgical outcome in lumbar intervertebral disc prolapse with respect to improvement in pain and neurological status. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study was undertaken in 22 patients who attended the Orthopaedic Department of Mount Zion Medical College, Adoor, between August 2014 to July 2015. All of them were suffering from a prolapsed lumbar vertebral disc as shown by clinical examination and investigations. Lumbar laminectomy and discectomy constituted the operative procedure for all of them. RESULTS In acute onset cases and cases with short duration, results were good. By six months, 80% of patients recorded of good pain relief, 80% of patients returned to work within six 6 months, 60% of patients showed good neurological recovery by 6 months. Laminectomy and discectomy in proven cases of lumbar intervertebral disc prolapse is a rewarding procedure. LT definitely relieved pain in all cases and improved morbidity and neurological deficits in most of the cases. CONCLUSION 1. Laminectomy and discectomy is an effective method of treatment in herniation of lumbar intervertebral disc. 2. The procedure is ideally done in those with the disc prolapse proved with the

  16. Do design variations in the artificial disc influence cervical spine biomechanics? A finite element investigation.

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    Faizan, Ahmad; Goel, Vijay K; Garfin, Steven R; Bono, Christopher M; Serhan, Hassan; Biyani, Ashok; Elgafy, Hossein; Krishna, Manoj; Friesem, Tai

    2012-06-01

    Various ball and socket-type designs of cervical artificial discs are in use or under investigation. Many artificial disc designs claim to restore the normal kinematics of the cervical spine. What differentiates one type of design from another design is currently not well understood. In this study, authors examined various clinically relevant parameters using a finite element model of C3-C7 cervical spine to study the effects of variations of ball and socket disc designs. Four variations of ball and socket-type artificial disc were placed at the C5-C6 level in an experimentally validated finite element model. Biomechanical effects of the shape (oval vs. spherical ball) and location (inferior vs. superior ball) were studied in detail. Range of motion, facet loading, implant stresses and capsule ligament strains were computed to investigate the influence of disc designs on resulting biomechanics. Motions at the implant level tended to increase following disc replacement. No major kinematic differences were observed among the disc designs tested. However, implant stresses were substantially higher in the spherical designs when compared to the oval designs. For both spherical and oval designs, the facet loads were lower for the designs with an inferior ball component. The capsule ligament strains were lower for the oval design with an inferior ball component. Overall, the oval design with an inferior ball component, produced motion, facet loads, implant stresses and capsule ligament strains closest to the intact spine, which may be key to long-term implant survival.

  17. Evidence for Policy Making: Clinical Appropriateness Study of Lumbar Spine MRI Prescriptions Using RAND Appropriateness Method

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    Hossein Yousefi Manesh

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available MRI is a new and expensive diagnostic technology, which has been used increasingly all over the world. Low back pain is a worldwide prevalent disorder and MRI technique is one of the several ways to diagnose it. This paper aims to identify the appropriateness of lumbar spine MRI prescriptions in Shiraz teaching hospitals using standardized RAND Appropriateness Method (RAM criteria. Methods This study consisted of two phases. The first phase involved a qualitative enquiry and the second phase had a quantitative cross-sectional nature. In the first phase RAM was used for developing lumbar spine MRI indications and scenarios. In the second phase, the finalized scenarios were compared with the history and physical examination of 300 patients with low back pain. The rate of appropriateness of lumbar spine MRI prescription was then calculated. Results Of 300 cases of lumbar spine MRI prescriptions, approximately 167 (56% were considered inappropriate, 72 (24% were uncertain, and 61 (20% were deemed to be appropriate. The economic burden of inappropriate prescriptions was calculated at 88,009,000 Rials. In addition, the types of expertise and physical examination were considered as related factors to appropriateness of prescriptions. Conclusion In conclusion, a large proportion of lumbar spine MRI prescriptions, which result in financial burden on the insurance companies and the patients alike is unnecessary. This study suggests that policy makers consider this evidence while decision-making. Our findings highlight the imperative role of Health Technology Assessment (HTA and Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs. As a result, developing local clinical guidelines may create the commitment needed in physicians in prescribing appropriate prescriptions within the health sector. The study further recommends that appropriate scenarios should be considered as a criterion for payment and reimbursement.

  18. A new diagnostic score to detect osteoporosis in patients undergoing lumbar spine MRI

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    Bandirali, Michele; Messina, Carmelo [Universita degli Studi di Milano, Scuola di Specializzazione in Radiodiagnostica, Milano (Italy); Di Leo, Giovanni; Papini, Giacomo Davide Edoardo [IRCCS Policlinico San Donato, Radiology Unit, San Donato Milanese (Italy); Sconfienza, Luca Maria; Sardanelli, Francesco [IRCCS Policlinico San Donato, Radiology Unit, San Donato Milanese (Italy); Universita degli Studi di Milano, Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche per la Salute, San Donato Milanese (Italy); Ulivieri, Fabio Massimo [IRCCS Fondazione Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Mineralometria Ossea Computerizzata e Ambulatorio Malattie Metabolismo Minerale e Osseo, Servizio di Medicina Nucleare, Milano (Italy)

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    Signal intensity of lumbar-spine at magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) correlates to bone mineral density (BMD). Our aim was to define a quantitative MRI-based score to detect osteoporosis on lumbar-spine MRI. After Ethics Committee approval, we selected female patients who underwent both lumbar-spine MRI and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and a reference group of 131 healthy females (20-29 years) who underwent lumbar-spine MRI. We measured the intra-vertebral signal-to-noise ratio in L1-L4. We introduced an MRI-based score (M-score), on the model of T-score. M-score diagnostic performance in diagnosing osteoporosis was estimated against DXA using receiver operator characteristic (ROC) analysis. We included 226 patients (median age 65 years), 70 (31 %) being osteoporotic at DXA. MRI signal-to-noise ratio correlated to BMD (r = -0.677, P < 0.001). M-score negatively correlated to T-score (r = -0.682, P < 0.001). Setting a 90 %-specificity, an M-score threshold of 5.5 was found, distinguishing osteoporosis from non-osteoporosis (sensitivity 54 %; ROC AUC 0.844). Thirty-one (14 %) patients had a fragility fracture, with osteoporosis detected in 15 (48 %) according to M-score and eight (26 %) according to T-score (P = 0.016). M-score obtained on lumbar spine MRI is a quantitative method correlating with osteoporosis. Its diagnostic value remains to be demonstrated on a large prospective cohort of patients. (orig.)

  19. Lumbar disc degeneration below a long arthrodesis (performed for scoliosis in adults) to L4 or L5.

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    Harding, Ian J; Charosky, Sebastian; Vialle, Raphael; Chopin, Daniel H

    2008-02-01

    A retrospective analysis of adults treated with long instrumented fusion for scoliosis from the thoracic spine proximally to L4 or L5. To evaluate the long-term clinical outcomes as well as radiological changes in distal unfused mobile segments and to evaluate factors that may predispose to distal disc degeneration and/or poor outcome. A total of 151 mobile segments in 85 patients (65 female), mean age 43.2 (range 21-68), were studied. Curve type, number of fused levels and pelvic incidence were recorded. Clinical outcome was measured using the Whitecloud function scale and disc degeneration using the UCLA disc degeneration score. Spinal balance, local segmental angulations and lumbar lordosis were measured pre- and post-operatively as well as at the most recent follow up--mean 9.3 years (range 7-19). A total of 62% of patients had a good or excellent outcome. Eleven had a poor outcome of which ten underwent extension of fusion--five for pain alone, three for pain with stenosis and two for pseudarthroses. Pre-operative disc degeneration was often asymmetric and was slightly greater in older patients. Overall, there was a significant deterioration in disc degeneration (P < 0.0001) that did not correlate with clinical outcome. Disc degeneration correlated with the recent sagittal balance (Anova F = 14.285, P < 0.001) and the most recent lordosis (Anova F = 4.057, P = 0.048). The post-operative sagittal balance and local L5-S1 sagittal angulation correlated to L4 and L5 degeneration, respectively. There was no correlation between degeneration and age, pre-operative degenerative score, pelvic incidence, sacral slope, number of fused levels or distal level of fusion. Disc degeneration does occur below an arthrodesis for scoliosis in adults which does not correlate with clinical outcome. The correlation of loss of sagittal balance with disc degeneration may be as a result of degeneration causing the loss of balance or vice versa, i.e. sagittal imbalance causing

  20. Disc displacement patterns in lumbar anterior spondylolisthesis: Contribution to foraminal stenosis

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    MacMahon, P.J. [Department of Radiology, Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital, Finglas, Dublin 11 (Ireland)], E-mail: petermacmahon@yahoo.com; Taylor, D.H.; Duke, D.; Brennan, D.D.; Eustace, S.J. [Department of Radiology, Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital, Finglas, Dublin 11 (Ireland)

    2009-04-15

    Purpose: To describe the particular disc displacement pattern seen at MRI in patients with spondylolisthesis, and its potential contribution to foraminal stenosis. Methods: 38 patients with symptomatic lumbar anterior spondylolisthesis and 38 sex and aged matched control patients with herniated disc disease, at corresponding disc space levels, were included for study. In each case note was made of the presence, absence and direction of disc displacement and also the presence and location of neural contact with the displaced disc. Results: In 33 of 38 (86.8%) patients in the spondylolisthesis group, the vertical disc displacement was upward. In the control group only 3 patients (7.8%) had upward vertical disc displacement. 19 patients (53%) from the spondylolisthesis group had exit foraminal nerve root contact, compared to 7 patients (18.4%) from the control group. 27 control patients (71%) had contact within the lateral recess, compared to only 6 patients (17%) with spondylolisthesis. Differences for upward displacement were significant (p < 0.05). Conclusion: Disc displacement in patients with spondylolisthesis is predominately in a cephalad and lateral direction. Although this disc displacement pattern can occur in patients without spondylolisthesis, its incidence is much greater in the subset of patients with concomitant spondylolisthesis. In the setting of acquired osseous narrowing of the exit foramen, this described pattern of disc displacement superiorly and laterally in spondylolisthesis increases the susceptibility of spondylolisthesis patients to radicular symptoms and accounts for the exiting nerve root being more commonly affected than the traversing nerve root.

  1. Posterior pelvic pain provocation test is negative in patients with lumbar herniated discs.

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    Gutke, Annelie; Hansson, Eva Roos; Zetherström, Gunilla; Ostgaard, Hans Christian

    2009-07-01

    The classification of pelvic girdle pain can only be reached after lumbar causes have been excluded by a clinical examination. During clinical examination, the posterior pelvic pain provocation test is a well-established method for verifying pelvic girdle pain. However, a criticism of pelvic pain provocation tests is that they may have an effect on lumbar structures, thus yielding false-positive results. The posterior pelvic pain provocation test was performed with four groups of patients: patients with computed tomography-verified disc herniations (1) on the waiting list for surgery (14 women; 9 men); (2) 6 weeks after disc surgery (18 women, 12 men); (3) pregnant women seeking care for pelvic girdle pain (n = 25); and (4) women with persistent pelvic girdle pain after delivery (n = 32). The sensitivity of the posterior pelvic pain provocation test was 0.88 and the specificity was 0.89. The positive predictive value was 0.89 and the negative predictive value was 0.87. Analysis of only women showed similar results. In our study, the posterior pelvic pain provocation test was negative in patients with a well-defined lumbar diagnosis of lumbar disc herniation, both before and after disc surgery. Our results are an important step toward the more accurate classification of lumbopelvic pain.

  2. A predictive model for disability in patients with lumbar disc herniation.

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    Chen, Hsin-Ni; Tsai, Yun-Fang

    2013-03-01

    Lumbar disc herniation may influence patients' daily activities and social interactions; however, no predictive models of disability could be found for patients with lumbar disc herniation. We aimed to explore predictive factors for disability in patients with lumbar disc herniation. The sample included 216 patients recruited from the orthopedic outpatient clinics at a medical center in northern Taiwan. Data were collected on patients' pain, fatigue, depression, disability, and demographics. Hierarchical multiple regression analysis was used in model verification. Path analysis was used to investigate causal relationships between disability and other factors. In path analysis, the most influential factor affecting the disability level was the pain level (standardized regression coefficient, b = 0.746), followed by the fatigue level (b = 0.138) and depression level (b = 0.100). The depression level was directly affected by the fatigue level (b = 0.416) and the pain level (b = 0.367), the fatigue level was directly affected by the pain level (b = 0.538), and the pain level was directly affected by age (b = 0.140) and previous surgery (b = 0.260). We recommend that health-care providers regularly assess and treat pain and depression to reduce/prevent disability among patients with lumbar disc herniation, even among those who are apparently functioning well in the community.

  3. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Interpretation in Patients with Sciatica Who Are Potential Candidates for Lumbar Disc Surgery

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    A. el Barzouhi (Abdelilah); C.L.A.M. Vleggeert-Lankamp (Carmen); G.J. Lycklama à Nijeholt (Geert); B.F.W. van der Kallen (Bas); W.B. van den Hout (Wilbert); A.J.H. Verwoerd (Annemieke); B.W. Koes (Bart); W.C. Peul (Wilco)

    2013-01-01

    textabstractBackground:Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is considered the mainstay imaging investigation in patients suspected of lumbar disc herniations. Both imaging and clinical findings determine the final decision of surgery. The objective of this study was to assess MRI observer variation in

  4. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Interpretation in Patients with Sciatica Who Are Potential Candidates for Lumbar Disc Surgery

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    el Barzouhi, Abdelilah; Vleggeert-Lankamp, Carmen L. A. M.; Nijeholt, Geert J. Lycklama A.; Van der Kallen, Bas F.; Van den Hout, Wilbert B.; Verwoerd, Annemieke J. H.; Koes, Bart W.; Peul, Wilco C.

    2013-01-01

    Background: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is considered the mainstay imaging investigation in patients suspected of lumbar disc herniations. Both imaging and clinical findings determine the final decision of surgery. The objective of this study was to assess MRI observer variation in patients wit

  5. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Interpretation in Patients with Sciatica Who Are Potential Candidates for Lumbar Disc Surgery

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    A. el Barzouhi (Abdelilah); C.L.A.M. Vleggeert-Lankamp (Carmen); G.J. Lycklama à Nijeholt (Geert); B.F.W. van der Kallen (Bas); W.B. van den Hout (Wilbert); A.J.H. Verwoerd (Annemieke); B.W. Koes (Bart); W.C. Peul (Wilco)

    2013-01-01

    textabstractBackground:Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is considered the mainstay imaging investigation in patients suspected of lumbar disc herniations. Both imaging and clinical findings determine the final decision of surgery. The objective of this study was to assess MRI observer variation in p

  6. Factors for Predicting Favorable Outcome of Percutaneous Epidural Adhesiolysis for Lumbar Disc Herniation

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    Sang Ho Moon

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Lower back pain is a common reason for disability and the most common cause is lumbar disc herniation. Percutaneous epidural adhesiolysis has been applied to relieve pain and increase the functional capacity of patients who present this condition. Objectives. In this study, we retrospectively evaluated the factors which predict the outcome of percutaneous epidural adhesiolysis in patients who were diagnosed with lumbar disc herniation. Methods. Electronic medical records of patients diagnosed with lumbar disc herniation who have received percutaneous epidural adhesiolysis treatment were reviewed. The primary outcome was the factors that were associated with substantial response of ≥4 points or ≥50% of pain relief in the numerical rating scale pain score 12 months after the treatment. Results. Multivariate logistic regression analysis demonstrated that the presence of high-intensity zone (HIZ at magnetic resonance imaging was a predictor of substantial response to percutaneous epidural adhesiolysis for 12 months (P=0.007. The presence of a condition involving the vertebral foramen was a predictor for unsuccessful response after 12 months (P=0.02. Discussion and Conclusion. The presence of HIZ was a predictor of favorable long-term outcome after percutaneous epidural adhesiolysis for the treatment of lower back pain with radicular pain caused by lumbar disc herniation.

  7. Associations of parity, breast-feeding, and birth control pills with lumbar spine and femoral neck bone densities.

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    Hreshchyshyn, M M; Hopkins, A; Zylstra, S; Anbar, M

    1988-08-01

    The relationships between parity, breast-feeding, and the use of birth control pills and the bone densities of the lumbar spine and the femoral neck, measured by dual-photon densitometry, were studied in normal women. Femoral neck density was found to decrease by 1.1% per live-birth, whereas lumbar spine density showed no significant association with parity. Breast-feeding was found to increase lumbar spine density by 1.5% per breast-fed child, whereas femoral neck density was not significantly correlated. No significant relationships between the use of birth control pills and the bone densities were found.

  8. Increased Pelvic Incidence is Associated With a More Coronal Facet Orientation in the Lower Lumbar Spine: A Cadaveric Study of 599 Lumbar Spines.

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    Weinberg, Douglas S; Xie, Katherine K; Liu, Raymond W; Gebhart, Jeremy J; Gordon, Zachary L

    2016-10-01

    An anatomic study of facet angle orientation and morphology of the lumbar spine was performed. The aim of this study was to determine how age, gender, race, and pelvic incidence (PI) correlate with facet orientation in the lumbar spine. Lumbar facet orientation has important implications in the development of numerous pathologies of the spine, including arthritis, spondylolisthesis, and adult spinal deformity. Preliminary reports have suggested that sagittal balance of the spine may contribute to facet joint orientation. We therefore designed an anatomic study to investigate the relationship between PI and facet orientation, within the context of age, gender, and race. Five hundred ninety-nine cadaveric lumbar spines were obtained from the Hamann-Todd osteological collection. It was determined that facet angle was most reliably assessed by measuring the angle between the superior articular facet and the spinous process. Facet angles were measured bilaterally at each level from T12-L1 through L5-S1 in every specimen. Multivariate regression analysis was used to determine independent predictors of facet angle at each level. Facet angle increased rostrally to caudally, from 22.6 ± 8.3° at T12-L1 to 49.1 ± 12.4° at L5-S1. Cadaver age was an independent predictor of a more sagittal facet angle at lower spinal levels. Caucasian race was an independent predictor of increasing facet angle. Increased PI had no effect on facet angle at T12-L1, L1-L2, L2-L3, or L3-L4, although was a significant predictor of more coronally oriented facet joints at L4-L5 (standardized beta 0.096, P = 0.009) and L5-S1 (standardized beta 0.079, P = 0.032). The results of this study provide important data regarding differences in facet angle that exists between individuals. Moreover, the results of this study suggest that facet joints do possess the ability to remodel over time, perhaps in response to perturbations of sagittal balance, osteophyte formation, or other yet to be

  9. Upper thoracic-spine disc degeneration in patients with cervical pain

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    Arana, Estanislao; Marti-Bonmati, Luis; Costa, Salvador [Department of Radiology, Clinica Quiron, Avda Blasco Ibanez 14, 46010, Valencia (Spain); Molla, Enrique [Department of Radiology, Clinica Quiron, Avda Blasco Ibanez 14, 46010, Valencia (Spain); Department of Morphological Sciences, University of Valencia, Valencia (Spain)

    2004-01-01

    To study the relationship of upper thoracic spine degenerative disc contour changes on MR imaging in patients with neck pain. The relation between upper thoracic and cervical spine degenerative disc disease is not well established. One hundred and fifty-six patients referred with cervical pain were studied. There were 73 women and 77 men with a mean age of 48.6{+-}14.6 years (range, 19 to 83 years). All MR studies were performed with a large 23-cm FOV covering at least from the body of T4 to the clivus. Discs were coded as normal, protrusion/bulge or extrusion. Degenerative thoracic disc contour changes were observed in 13.4% of patients with cervical pain. T2-3 was the most commonly affected level of the upper thoracic spine, with 15 bulge/protrusions and one extrusion. Upper degenerative thoracic disc contour changes presented in older patients than the cervical levels (Student-Newman-Keuls test, P<0.001). Degenerative disc contour changes at the C7-T1, T1-2, T2-3 and T3-4 levels were significantly correlated (P=0.001), but unrelated to any other disc disease, patient's gender or age. Degenerative cervical disc disease was closely related together (P<0.001), but not with any thoracic disc. A statistically significant relation was found within the upper thoracic discs, reflecting common pathoanatomical changes. The absence of relation to cervical segments is probably due to differences in their pathomechanisms. (orig.)

  10. Novel genetic variants associated with lumbar disc degeneration in northern Europeans: A meta-analysis of 4600 subjects

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    F.M.K. Williams (Frances); A.T. Bansal (Aruna); J.B.J. van Meurs (Joyce); J.T. Bell (Jordana); I. Meulenbelt (Ingrid); P. Suri (Pradeep); F. Rivadeneira Ramirez (Fernando); P.N. Sambrook (Philip); A. Hofman (Albert); S.M. Bierma-Zeinstra (Sita); C. Menni (Cristina); M. Kloppenburg (Margreet); P.E. Slagboom (Eline); D. Hunter (David); A.J. MacGregor (Alex ); A.G. Uitterlinden (André); T.D. Spector (Timothy)

    2013-01-01

    textabstractObjective: Lumbar disc degeneration (LDD) is an important cause of low back pain, which is a common and costly problem. LDD is characterised by disc space narrowing and osteophyte growth at the circumference of the disc. To date, the agnostic search of the genome by genome-wide associati

  11. Radiation dose reduction in CT-guided periradicular injections in lumbar spine: Feasibility of a new institutional protocol for improved patient safety

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    Artner Juraj

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Image guided spinal injections are successfully used in the management of low back pain and sciatica. The main benefit of CT-guided injections is the safe, fast and precise needle placement, but the radiation exposure remains a serious concern. The purpose of the study was to test a new institutional low-dose protocol for CT-guided periradicular injections in lumbar spine to reduce radiation exposure while increasing accuracy and safety for the patients. Methods We performed a retrospective analysis of a prospective database during a 4-month period (Oct-Dec 2011 at a German University hospital using a newly established low-dose-CT-protocol for periradicular injections in patients suffering from lumbar disc herniation and nerve root entrapment. Inclusion criteria were acute or chronic nerve root irritation due to lumbar disc hernia, age over 18, compliance and informed consent. Excluded were patients suffering from severe obesity (BMI > 30, coagulopathy, allergy to injected substances, infection and non-compliant patients. Outcome parameters consisted of the measured dose length product (mGycm2, the amount of scans, age, gender, BMI and the peri-interventional complications. The results were compared to 50 patients, treated in the standard-interventional CT-protocol for spinal injections, performed in June-Oct 2011, who met the above mentioned inclusion criteria. Results A total amount of 100 patients were enrolled in the study. A significant radiation dose reduction (average 85.31% was achieved using the institutional low-dose protocol compared to standard intervention mode in CT-guided periradicular injections in lumbar spine. Using the low-dose protocol did not increase the complications rate in the analyzed cohort. Conclusions Low-dose-CT-protocols for lumbar perineural injections significantly reduce the exposure to radiation of non-obese patients without an increase of complications. This increases long-time patient

  12. Short- and long-term effects of smoking on pain and health-related quality of life after non-instrumented lumbar spine surgery.

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    Stienen, Martin N; Joswig, Holger; Smoll, Nicolas R; Tessitore, Enrico; Schaller, Karl; Hildebrandt, Gerhard; Gautschi, Oliver P

    2016-03-01

    A myriad of negative bodily health effects related to tobacco smoking is known while its detrimental effects on the spine in particular are less defined. The goal of the current study is to compare long-term outcome between smokers and non-smokers after non-instrumented lumbar spine surgery. Prospective observational study on n=172 consecutive patients undergoing non-instrumented spine surgery for lumbar disc herniation (LDH) or lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) with a follow-up (FU) of 4.5 years. Patients were dichotomized according to their smoking status at the time of surgery. Back pain and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) were assessed using the visual analogue scale (VAS) and the Short-Form (SF)-12. Any subsequent lumbar spine surgeries since the index surgery were registered. Logistic regression analysis was used to estimate the effect size of the relationship between smoking and the responder status to surgery in terms of pain and HRQoL-metrics. Complete FU data was available for n=29 (55%) smokers and n=75 (63%) non-smokers. At discharge, 1 month, 1 year and 4.5 years, smokers were as likely as non-smokers to achieve a favourable response to surgery in terms of VAS back pain and the SF-12 mental and physical component scale metric. A subgroup analysis on active smokers throughout the entire study interval did not find an inferior responder rate than in never-smokers. A trend for additional lumbar spine surgery performed in 17.2% of the smoking and 8.2% of the non-smoking patients during FU was observed (OR 2.39, 95% CI 0.67-8.57, p=0.179). Up to 4.5 years following non-instrumented lumbar spine surgery, there was no difference in the pain or HRQoL-responder status of smokers and non-smokers. Smokers may be more likely to undergo re-do surgery in the long term, but more data is needed to confirm this statistical trend. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Reoperations after first lumbar disc herniation surgery; a special interest on residives during a 5-year follow-up

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    Kautiainen Hannu

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The overall rate of operations after recurrent lumbar disc herniation has been shown to be 3–11%. However, little is known about the rate of residives. Thus the aim of this study was to explore the cumulative rates of re-operations and especially residive disc herniations at the same side and level as the primary disc herniation after first lumbar disc herniation surgery and the factors that influence the risk of re-operations over a five year follow-up study. Methods 166 virgin lumbar disc herniation patients (mean age 42 years, 57% males were studied. Data on patients' initial disc operations and type and timing of re-operations during the follow-up were collected from patient files. Back and leg pain on visual analog scale and employment status were collected by questionnaires. Results The cumulative rate of re-operations for lumbar disc herniation was 10.2% (95% Cl 6.0 to 15.1. The rate of residives at initial site was 7.4% (95% Cl 3.7 to 11.3 and rate of lumbar disc herniations at other sites was 3.1% (95% Cl 0.6 to 6.2. The occurrence of residive lumbar disc herniations was evenly distributed across the 5 years. Neither age, gender, preoperative symptoms, physical activity nor employment had effect on the probability of re-operation. Conclusion Seven percent of the lumbar disc patients had a residive lumbar disc operation within five years of their first operation. No specific factors influencing the risk for re-operation were found.

  14. Lumbar total disc replacement. Seven to eleven-year follow-up.

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    Tropiano, Patrick; Huang, Russel C; Girardi, Federico P; Cammisa, Frank P; Marnay, Thierry

    2005-03-01

    Symptomatic lumbar degenerative disc disease is a challenging entity to treat. The results of arthrodesis may be compromised in the short term by pseudarthrosis and in the long term by pain at the iliac-crest donor site and by junctional degeneration. Total disc replacement has the potential to provide long-lasting relief to these patients. The purpose of this study was to present the clinical and radiographic results assessed seven to eleven years following a Prodisc total lumbar disc replacement. Sixty-four patients had single or multiple-level implantation of a total lumbar disc replacement between 1990 and 1993. The mean duration of follow-up was 8.7 years. Clinical results were evaluated by assessing preoperative and postoperative lumbar pain, radiculopathy, disability, and modified Stauffer-Coventry scores. Preoperative and postoperative radiographs were evaluated as well. Subgroup analysis was performed to determine if gender, an age of less than forty-five years, previous surgery, or multilevel surgery had an effect on outcome. At an average of 8.7 years postoperatively, there were significant improvements in the back-pain, radiculopathy, disability, and modified Stauffer-Coventry scores. Thirty-three of the fifty-five patients with sufficient follow-up had an excellent result, eight had a good result, and fourteen had a poor result. Neither gender nor multilevel surgery affected outcome. An age of less than forty-five years and prior lumbar surgery had small but significant negative effects on outcome. Radiographs did not demonstrate loosening, migration, or mechanical failure in any patient. Five patients had approach-related complications. The Prodisc lumbar total disc replacement appears to be effective and safe for the treatment of symptomatic degenerative disc disease. Gender and multilevel surgery did not affect the outcomes, whereas prior lumbar surgery or an age of less than forty-five years was associated with slightly worse outcomes. Longer

  15. THE ROLE OF LIGAMENTUM FLAVUM CALCIFICATION AT LUMBAR SPINE CAUSING CAUDA EQUINA SYNDROME AND LUMBAR RADICULOPATHY: CASE REPORT

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    Gajanan

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: The focal calcification or ossification of ligamentum flavum is a rare cau se of thoracic myelopathy and most often occurs among individuals of Japanese descent. It is rare in other ethnic groups and in individuals below the age of 50 year. It is most often described at the lower thoracic level, being uncommon in the lumbar regio n and rare in the cervical region. Here, we present the case of a 40 - year - old Indian female patient who sought medical attention with a six month history of paraesthesia of the lower limbs and progressive difficulty in walking. The clinical profile, togeth er with computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging of the spine, led to a diagnosis of compressive lumbar myelopathy due to ossification of the ligamentum flavum of lumbar spine. The patient underwent laminectomy and dissection of some of the affec ted ligamentum flavum. After three months of clinical follow - up, the patient had progressed favorably , having no sensory complaints and again becoming ambulatory

  16. Adjacent level disease following lumbar spine surgery: A review

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    Nancy E Epstein

    2015-01-01

    Conclusions: The incidence of postoperative ASD (up to 30% is greater following either open or MIS instrumented lumbar fusions (e.g., TLIF/PLIF, while decompressions with noninstrumented fusions led to a much smaller 5.6% risk of ASD. Other findings included: MIS instrumented fusions contributed to higher perioperative complication rates, and dynamic stabilization did not protect against ASD.

  17. Effectiveness of percutaneous laser disc decompression versus conventional open discectomy in the treatment of lumbar disc herniation; Design of a prospective randomized controlled trial

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    P.A. Brouwer (Patrick); W.C. Peul (Wilco); R. Brand (René); M.P. Arts (Mark); B.W. Koes (Bart); A.A. van den Berg (Annette); M.A. van Buchem (Mark)

    2009-01-01

    textabstractBackground. The usual surgical treatment of refractory sciatica caused by lumbar disc herniation, is open discectomy. Minimally invasive procedures, including percutaneous therapies under local anesthesia, are increasingly gaining attention. One of these treatments is Percutaneous Laser

  18. Size of lumbar disc hernias measured using computed tomography and related to sciatic symptoms

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    Fagerlund, M.K.J.; Thelander, U.; Friberg, S. (Umeaa Univ. Hospital (Sweden). Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology Umeaa Univ. Hospital (Sweden). Dept. of Orthopedics)

    1990-11-01

    The change in the relative size of lumbar disc hernias and its relation to sciatic symptoms was investigated in 30 consecutive patients after conservative treatment of CT verified lumbar disc herniations. CT and clinical examination were performed before the start of therapy (CT1), as well as 3 months (CT2) and 24 months (CT3) after institution of treatment. In each patient the size of the lumbar disc herniation in relation to the size of the spinal canal was measured on identical CT slices and expressed as an index. The disc herniation index decreased markedly from CT1 to CT2 (p<0.001). Between CT2 and CT3 the reduction of the hernias was less pronounced and not significant for hernias located centrally but still significant for intermediate (p=0.03) and lateral (p=0.04) hernias. The degree of sciatic symptoms also decreased markedly between CT1 and CT2 (p=0.001) while no further improvement occurred from CT2 to CT3. There was a significant positive correlation between the improvement from sciatic pain and the reduction in the size of the individual hernia (CT1-CT2 p=0.02, CT2-CT3 p<0.001). Thus, the disc herniation index provided a method to study the anatomic effect of conservative treatment as well as a method to evaluate sciatic symptoms in relation to anatomic changes. (orig.).

  19. Availability of Gd-DTPA enhanced MRI for lumbar disc herniation; Mechanism enhancing scar tissue around herniated disc and its meaning

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    Morita, Chisato; Yoshizawa, Hidezo; Nakai, Sadaaki; Kobayashi, Shigeru; Morita, Tomofumi; Kojima, Motohiro (Fujita Health Univ., Toyoake, Aichi (Japan))

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    Extradural scar tissue arising between the herniated disk in the lumbar spine and its surrounding tissue was examined in 44 patients with lumbar disc herniation, using Gd-DTPA enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Findings of enhanced MRI were divided into three types: that is, type 1 in which the surrounding of the herniated disk was not enhanced; type 2 in which it was partially enhanced; type 3 in which it was entirely enhanced. Of these 44 patients, 15 (34.1%) had type I, 22 (50.0%) had type 2 and 7 (15.9%) had type 3. Extradural scar tissue was seen as high signal intensity on T1-weighted images in 66%, revealing the extent of nerve root compression. Furthermore, 18 of the 44 patients underwent surgery and surgical findings were compared with types of MRI findings. According to MRI findings, these 18 patients consisted of 2 with type 1, 11 with type 2, and 5 with type 3. The two type 1 patients had subligamentous type; 9 type 2 patients had subligamentous type and the other 2 had transligamentous type; and the 5 type 3 patients had all sequestration type. Extradural scar tissue was microscopically shown to be composed of collagenic fibers containing many vessels and to be leakily neovascular structure associated with gap junction and fenestra. Enhanced MRI was capable of delineating the proliferation of extradural scar tissue surrounding the herniated disk easily, thus allowing the determination of pathological changes arising between the herniated disc and nerve root. (N.K.).

  20. Sagittal rotational stiffness and damping increase in a porcine lumbar spine with increased or prolonged loading.

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    Zondervan, Robert L; Popovich, John M; Radcliffe, Clark J; Pathak, Pramod K; Reeves, N Peter

    2016-02-29

    While the impact of load magnitude on spine dynamic parameters (stiffness and damping) has been reported, it is unclear how load history (exposure to prolonged loading) affects spine dynamic parameters in sagittal rotation. Furthermore, it is unknown if both spine stiffness and damping are equally affected to prolonged loading. Using a pendulum testing apparatus, the effect of load magnitude and load history on spine sagittal rotational stiffness and damping was assessed. Nine porcine lumbar functional spine units (FSUs) were tested in an increasing compressive load phase (ICP: 44.85, 68.55, 91.75, 114.6kg) and then a decreasing compressive load phase (DCP: 91.75, 68.55, and 44.85kg). Each trial consisted of flexing the FSU 5° and allowing it to oscillate unconstrained. During the ICP, both stiffness and damping linearly increased with load. However, in the DCP, stiffness and damping values were significantly higher than the identical load collected during the ICP, suggesting load history affects sagittal rotational dynamic parameters. In addition, spine damping was more affected by load history than spine stiffness. These results highlight the importance of controlling load magnitude and history when assessing spine dynamic parameters.

  1. Spine Posture and Discomfort During Prolonged Simulated Driving With Self-Selected Lumbar Support Prominence.

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    De Carvalho, Diana E; Callaghan, Jack P

    2015-09-01

    We examined magnitude preference, subjective discomfort, and spine posture during prolonged simulated driving with a self-selected amount of lumbar support. The general use of lumbar supports has been associated with decreased reports of low-back pain during driving exposures; however, minimal data exist regarding occupant magnitude preference. Participants chose between five discrete levels of lumbar support (0-4 cm). Time-varying postural and discomfort responses were then monitored throughout 2 hr of simulated driving. There were no significant effects of gender or time on posture. Women preferred larger amounts of support than men (3.25 cm ± 0.71 and 2.56 cm ± 0.88, respectively, p = .048). All participants exhibited significant increases (p = .003) in pelvic discomfort throughout the 2-hr trial regardless of the level of support chosen. Discomfort related to various aspects of the lumbar support increased significantly over time. Retrospectively, no participants desired a setting beyond 4 cm, and the majority of respondents indicate had they been able to change their initial selection, they would choose a setting between 2 and 3 cm. The results suggest that occupants would prefer increasing the excursion capability of automobile lumbar supports beyond 2 cm. Excursion capability and adjustability of automobile lumbar supports are important features to better meet end-user preference and to reducing lumbar flexion in sitting. © 2015, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

  2. Bone quality in the lumbar spine in high-performance athletes.

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    Sabo, D; Bernd, L; Pfeil, J; Reiter, A

    1996-01-01

    Little is known about the influence of high-performance training on the bone quality of the lumbar spine, in particular, the effects on bone mineral density (BMD) in athletes with high weight-bearing demands on the spine. Measurements were therefore performed in internationally top-ranked high-performance athletes of different disciplines (weight lifters, boxers, and endurance-cyclists). The measurements were carried out by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, and the results compared with the measurements of 21 age-matched male controls. The BMD of the high-performance weight lifters was greater than that of the controls by 24% (0.252 g/cm2) on the AP view by 23% (0.200 g/cm2) on the lateral view (P boxers and the controls was +17% (0.174 g/cm2) on the AP view and +19% (0.174 g/cm2) on the lateral view. The BMD of the lumbar spine in all endurance cyclists was lower than that in the controls (AP view -10%, 0.105 g/cm2; lateral view -8%, 0.067 g/cm2; P > 0.05). The results show that training program stressing axial loads of the skeleton may lead to a significant increase of BMD in the lumbar spine of young individuals. Other authors' findings that the BMD of endurance athletes may decrease are confirmed. Nevertheless the 10% BMD loss of cyclists was surprisingly high.

  3. Decision-making in burst fractures of the thoracolumbar and lumbar spine

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    Heary Robert

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The most common site of injury to the spine is the thoracolumbar junction which is the mechanical transition junction between the rigid thoracic and the more flexible lumbar spine. The lumbar spine is another site which is more prone to injury. Absence of stabilizing articulations with the ribs, lordotic posture and more sagitally oriented facet joints are the most obvious explanations. Burst fractures of the spine account for 14% of all spinal injuries. Though common, thoracolumbar and lumbar burst fractures present a number of important treatment challenges. There has been substantial controversy related to the indications for nonoperative or operative management of these fractures. Disagreement also exists regarding the choice of the surgical approach. A large number of thoracolumbar and lumbar fractures can be treated conservatively while some fractures require surgery. Selecting an appropriate surgical option requires an in-depth understanding of the different methods of decompression, stabilization and/or fusion. Anterior surgery has the advantage of the greatest degree of canal decompression and offers the benefit of limiting the number of motion segments fused. These advantages come at the added cost of increased time for the surgery and the related morbidity of the surgical approach. Posterior surgery enjoys the advantage of being more familiar to the operating surgeons and can be an effective approach. However, the limitations of this approach include inadequate decompression, recurrence of the deformity and implant failure. Though many of the principles are the same, the treatment of low lumbar burst fractures requires some additional consideration due to the difficulty of approaching this region anteriorly. Avoiding complications of these surgeries are another important aspect and can be achieved by following an algorithmic approach to patient assessment, proper radiological examination and precision in decision-making regarding

  4. OZONE NUCLEOLYSIS IN LUMBAR INTERVERTEBRAL DISC HERNIATION: NON - RANDOMIZED PROSPECTIVE ANALYSIS

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    Vivekananda S

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available STUDY DESI GN: Non - randomized, prospective analysis of 68 patients of lumbar disc herniation treated with ozone nucleolysis. OBJECTIVE: To assess the patients with lumbar disc herniation treated with intradiscal ozone, pre and post ozone nucleolysis, for pain using Visual Analog Scale (VAS functional & disability score using Japanese Orthopedic Association (JOA Clinical Symptom Score. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUN D DATA: Ozone therapy for disc herniation is becoming popu lar because of its minimal invasive, lesser recurrences and remarkably fewer side effects. Successful outcomes of ozone therapy have been reported from various European & Indian centers. METHODS: A series of 68 patients were treated with ozone therapy for lumbar disc herniation from January 2009 to January 2012. The procedure is done under C - arm guidance under local anesthesia by “Single sitting double injection technique”. All patients were assessed using VAS for radiation pain & back pain, Clinical Symptom Score of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA for a Patient with Lumbar Disc Herniation, pre op and post op, on day one, after a week, two weeks, first month, third months, sixth month one year second year. Were classified them as Good, Moder ate & Poor outcome. RESULTS: Out of 68 patients 89.7% (61/68 patients had good outcome, 7.35% (5/68 patients had moderate outcome, 2.95% (2/68 had poor outcome. Intra - op in 1 patient where ozone spread in Para spinal muscles but had no postoperative pro blem.4 patients had mild nausea, 2 had mild headache & No infection. CONCLUSIONS: Ozone nucleolysis is a new, minimally invasive procedure done under local anesthesia & has shown effective results in the treatment of contained intervertebral disc herniatio n with no side effects.

  5. Prevalence and Severity of Preoperative Disabilities in Iranian Patients with Lumbar Disc Herniation

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    Farzad Omidi-Kashani

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available   Background: Literature recommends that refractory cases with lumbar disc herniation and appropriate indications are better to be treated surgically, but do all the patients throughout the world consent to the surgery with a same disability and pain threshold? We aim to elucidate the prevalence and severity of disabilities and pain in Iranian patients with lumbar disc herniation who have consented to the surgery.   Methods: In this case series study, we clinically evaluated 194 (81 female and 113 male admitted patients with primary, simple, and stable L4-L5 or L5-S1 lumbar disc herniation who were undergoing surgical discectomy. The mean age of the patients was 38.3±11.2 (range: 18-76 years old. Disabilities were evaluated by the items of the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI questionnaire and severity of pain by the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS. Chi-square test was used to compare the qualitative variables. Results: Severe disability (39.2% and crippled (29.9% were the two most common types of disabilities. Mean ODI score was 56.7±21.1 (range: 16-92. Total mean VAS in all patients was 6.1±1.9 (range: 0-10. Sex and level of disc herniation had no statistical effect on preoperative ODI and VAS. The scale of six was the most frequent scale of preoperative VAS in our patients. Conclusion: Iranian patients with lumbar disc herniation who consented to surgery have relatively severe pain or disability. These severities in pain or disabilities have no correlation with sex or level of disc herniation and are not equal with developed countries.

  6. Nonmetastatic Ewing's Sarcoma of the Lumbar Spine in an Adult Patient

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    Iacoangeli, Maurizio; Dobran, Mauro; Di Rienzo, Alessandro; di Somma, Lucia Giovanna Maria; Alvaro, Lorenzo; Moriconi, Elisa; Nocchi, Niccolò; Gladi, Maurizio; Scerrati, Massimo

    2012-01-01

    Although the spine is frequently involved in metastatic Ewing's sarcoma, primary involvement of the spine, beside sacrum, is much less frequent, especially in adult patients. Because of the low incidence of these tumors, there are currently no clinical guidelines outlining their management and a multitude of therapeutic strategies have been employed with varying success. The definitive management of Ewing's sarcoma of the spine, as in other locations, could include the combination of three main modalities: aggressive surgery, radiotherapy, and combined chemotherapy. Whenever possible, en bloc spondylectomy or extralesional resection is preferable, providing a better oncological result with a longer survival and a better preservation of the spine biomechanics. This is the lesson we learned about the case, we present here, of nonmetastatic lumbar localization by Ewing's sarcoma in as adult patient. PMID:23133768

  7. Nonmetastatic Ewing’s Sarcoma of the Lumbar Spine in an Adult Patient

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    Maurizio Iacoangeli

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Although the spine is frequently involved in metastatic Ewing's sarcoma, primary involvement of the spine, beside sacrum, is much less frequent, especially in adult patients. Because of the low incidence of these tumors, there are currently no clinical guidelines outlining their management and a multitude of therapeutic strategies have been employed with varying success. The definitive management of Ewing's sarcoma of the spine, as in other locations, could include the combination of three main modalities: aggressive surgery, radiotherapy, and combined chemotherapy. Whenever possible, en bloc spondylectomy or extralesional resection is preferable, providing a better oncological result with a longer survival and a better preservation of the spine biomechanics. This is the lesson we learned about the case, we present here, of nonmetastatic lumbar localization by Ewing’s sarcoma in as adult patient.

  8. [Controlled distraction as a therapeutic option in moderate degeneration of the intervertebral disc -- an in vivo study in the rabbit-spine model].

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    Unglaub, F; Guehring, T; Omlor, G; Lorenz, H; Carstens, C; Kroeber, M W

    2006-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of temporary distraction on a degenerated intervertebral disc to characterize regenerative changes associated with disc distraction. New Zealand white rabbits (n = 32) were used for this experimental animal study. The rabbits were randomly assigned to one of five groups. 6 animals were loaded for 28 days using a custom-made external loading device to stimulate disc degeneration (G2). In 6 animals the discs were first loaded for 28 days and after 28 days loading time the discs in six animals were treated as dynamic distraction with an external distraction device (G1). In six animals the discs were distracted for 28 days without previous loading (G5) and in six animals the discs were loaded for 28 days and afterwards the loading device was removed for 28 days for recovery without distraction (G3). Six animals were sham operated (G4) without application of axial load. After 28 to 56 days loading and distraction time, the animals were sacrificed and the lumbar spine was harvested for histological and radiographic analysis. Histology was performed according to a degeneration score and disc height was calculated radiographically. For the cell viability examination, the number of apoptotic cells was determined. After 28 days of loading (G2), the discs showed a significant decrease in disc space of the treated segment. Histologically, a disorganization of the architecture of the annulus occurred. The number of dead cells increased significantly in the annulus and cartilage endplate. These changes were reversible after 28 days of distraction (G1). The disc thickness increased significantly to physiological levels as compared to the specimens from the 28 days loading group without distraction. Histologically, the discs showed signs of tissue regeneration after 28 days of distraction (G1). The number of apoptotic cells decreased significantly in comparison to the loaded discs without distraction (G2). The results of this

  9. Noncontiguous multifocal brucellar spondylitis involving the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine: A case report

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    Rong Wang

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Brucellosis is a zoonosis infectious disease, brucellar spondylitis primarily infects the lumbar, the cervical is uncommon. Multiple-level involvement is extremely rare. This report describes a 46-year-old man with noncontiguous multifocal brucellar spondylitis involving the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. Brucellar spondylitis is difficult to diagnose. Routine laboratory findings for the disease have little diagnostic value. Manifestations and radiological features are usually nonspecific. Radiological features of brucellar spondylitis are similar to tuberculous spondylitis and pyogenic spondylitis. MRI findings have diagnostic value. Suspicious patients with unexplained fever, musculoskeletal complaints at risk of infection should be considered.

  10. Osteotomies through a fusion mass in the lumbar spine.

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    Vital, Jean-Marc; Boissière, Louis; Bourghli, Anouar; Castelain, Jean-Etienne; Challier, Vincent; Obeid, Ibrahim

    2015-01-01

    Flat-back syndrome is one of the main causes of surgical failure after lumbar fusion and can lead to a revision surgery to correct it. Three-column pedicle subtraction osteotomy is an efficient technique to restore lumbar lordosis (LL) for fixed sagittal malalignment. The fusion mass stemming from the past surgeries makes the procedure demanding as most anatomical landmarks are missing. This review article will focus on the correction of this lack of LL through the fusion mass. We will successively review the preoperative management, the surgical specificities, and various types of clinical cases that can be encountered in flat-back syndromes. PSO in the fixed fusion mass is technically demanding. Preoperative CT-scan and preoperative navigation allow us to push the limits when anatomical landmarks disappear. Bleeding and neurologic are the two major complications feared by the surgeon. The best way to avoid these revision surgeries is to restore a proper lumbar lordosis at the time of initial surgery by considering lumbo-pelvic indexes.

  11. The Usefulness of Lumbar Spine MRI for Cauda Equina Syndrome

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    Moon, Tae Yong; Baik, Seong Kug [Dept. of Radiology, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Yangsan(Korea, Republic of); Lee, In Sook [Dept. of Radiology and Medical Research Institite, Pusan National University Hosptal, Pusan (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-05-15

    To understand the usefulness of the lumbar MRI studies to establish therapeutic plans for cauda equina syndrome (CES) including the management of rectal and bladder dysfunction symptoms. We retrospectively reviewed the lumbar MRI studies of 10 patients with CES. Their diagnoses included four adhesive arachnoiditis of cauda equina (CE), three conus medullaris atrophies, three spinal canal stenoses, one tuberculous leptomeningitis, one metastatic tumor on the sacral canal, and one dural arteriovenous fistula with venous congestion of the conus medullaris. In 6 of the 10 total cases the symptoms of rectal and bladder dysfunction were resolved by decompression laminectomies (n=2), irradiation (n=1), glue embolization (n=1), anticholine and steroid infusion (n=1), and anti-tuberculous medication (n=1) within at least 5 days. The 4 other cases were settled by lumboperitoneal shunting and neural stem cell implants. The study results indicate that lumbar MRI is the modality of choice in search for the causative lesion and to subsequently set up the best therapeutic plans for patients with CES.

  12. Sagittal balance of the pelvis-spine complex and lumbar degenerative diseases. A comparative study about 85 cases.

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    Barrey, Cédric; Jund, Jérôme; Noseda, Olivier; Roussouly, Pierre

    2007-09-01

    Retrospective analysis of the spino-pelvic alignment in a population of 85 patients with a lumbar degenerative disease. Several previous publications reported the analysis of spino-pelvic alignment in the normal and low back pain population. Data suggested that patients with lumbar diseases have variations of sagittal alignment such as less distal lordosis, more proximal lumbar lordosis and a more vertical sacrum. Nevertheless most of these variations have been reported without reference to the pelvis shape which is well-known to strongly influence spino-pelvic alignment. The objective of this study was to analyse spino-pelvic parameters, including pelvis shape, in a population of 85 patients with a lumbar degenerative disease and compare these patients with a control group of normal volunteers. We analysed three different lumbar degenerative diseases: disc herniation (DH), n = 25; degenerative disc disease (DDD), n = 32; degenerative spondylolisthesis (DSPL), n = 28. Spino-pelvic alignment was analysed pre-operatively on full spine radiographs. Spino-pelvic parameters were measured as following: pelvic incidence, sacral slope, pelvic tilt, lumbar lordosis, thoracic kyphosis, spino-sacral angle and positioning of C7 plumb line. For each group of patients the sagittal profile was compared with a control population of 154 asymptomatic adults that was the subject of a previous study. In order to understand variations of spino-pelvic parameters in the patients' population a stratification (matching) according to the pelvic incidence was done between the control group and each group of patients. Concerning first the pelvis shape, patients with DH and those with DDD demonstrated to have a mean pelvic incidence equal to 49.8 degrees and 51.6 degrees, respectively, versus 52 degrees for the control group (no significant difference). Only young patients, less than 45 years old, with a disc disease (DH or DDD) demonstrated to have a pelvic incidence significantly lower (48

  13. The Use of Percutaneous Lumbar Fixation Screws for Bilateral Pedicle Fractures with an Associated Dislocation of a Lumbar Disc Prosthesis

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    William D. Harrison

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Study Design. Case report. Objective. To identify a safe technique for salvage surgery following complications of total disc replacement. Summary of Background Data. Lumbar total disc replacement (TDR is considered by some as the gold standard for discogenic back pain. Revision techniques for TDR and their complications are in their infancy. This case describes a successful method of fixation for this complex presentation. Methods and Results. A 48-year-old male with lumbar degenerative disc disease and no comorbidities. Approximately two weeks postoperatively for a TDR, the patient represented with acute severe back pain and the TDR polyethylene inlay was identified as dislocated anteriorly. Subsequent revision surgery failed immediately as the polyethylene inlay redislocated intraoperatively. Further radiology identified bilateral pedicle fractures, previously unseen on the plain films. The salvage fusion of L5/S1 reutilized the anterior approach with an interbody fusion cage and bone graft. The patient was then turned intraoperatively and redraped. The percutaneous pedicle screws were used to fix L5 to the sacral body via the paracoccygeal corridor. Conclusion. The robust locking screw in the percutaneous screw allowed a complete fixation of the pedicle fractures. At 3-year followup, the patient has an excellent result and has returned to playing golf.

  14. Feasibility and Efficacy of Percutaneous Lateral Lumbar Discectomy in the Treatment of Patients with Lumbar Disc Herniation: A Preliminary Experience

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    Wenjin Jiang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. This study was aimed at evaluating the effectiveness and safety of percutaneous lateral lumbar discectomy (PLLD in treating patients with lumber disc herniation. Methods. A total of 183 patients with lumbar disc herniation were recruited to receive PLLD surgery from April 2006 to October 2011. All the adverse effects were recorded during the follow-up at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after PLLD. The clinical outcomes were determined by visual analog scale and Japanese Orthopaedic Association score. Results. The surgery was performed successfully in all patients (102 males and 81 females aged from 21 to 66 years with a mean 16.6-month follow-up (range from 26 to 65 months. No postoperative complications, including intestinal and vascular complications, nerve injuries, and postoperative infections, were associated with PLLD. At one month after surgery, visual analog scale (3.12±1.44 versus 6.76±2.31, P<0.05 was significantly lower than the baseline and was sustained until 24 months after surgery (3.25±1.78 versus 6.76±2.31, P<0.05. Besides that, Japanese Orthopaedic Association score (25.25±3.21 versus 11.78±2.38, P<0.05 was increased when compared to the baseline. Conclusions. PLLD was a promising, mini-invasive, and effective treatment for lumber disc herniation.

  15. Magnetic resonance imaging of lumbar intervertebral discs in elderly patients with minor trauma

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    Afzal, Suhail [Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, Spine Clinic, Srinagar, Kashmir (India)], E-mail: drsuhaila@yahoo.com; Akbar, Saleem [Nehru Hospital, Rose Belle (Mauritius)

    2009-05-15

    Purpose: Vertebral body fractures due to minor trauma, which commonly occur in the elderly, are a frequently encountered clinical problem. We utilized MRI in patients with acute back pain following minor injury to ensure the earliest possible diagnosis. Lumbar discs adjacent to fractured vertebral bodies were evaluated, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to elucidate how often these discs were injured and how the injured discs were depicted by MRI. Materials and methods: We retrospectively reviewed MR images of 74 discs from 37 elderly patients (>65-year-old) with a single level vertebral fracture (fracture group). Patients with multiple-level fractures, burst fractures and/or major trauma, such as that resulting from a traffic accident, were excluded from this study. We also reviewed MR images of 190 discs from 27 elderly patients diagnosed with lumbar stenosis, who had no previous history of vertebral body fractures (stenosis group). Results: In the fracture group, 23% (17/74) of T1-weighted images exhibited a high-intensity area in the disc, whereas only 3% (5/190) exhibited a high-intensity area in the stenosis group. In some cases, in the T2-weighted images we also found a high-intensity zone in discs that showed low- or iso-intensity. This phenomenon was more frequently observed in the fracture group (47%: 35/74) than in the stenosis group. Conclusion: The present study indicates that, in elderly patients, intervertebral discs adjacent to vertebral fractures resulting from minor trauma are often injured. Because hemorrhage is the most likely cause of a high-intensity T1-weighted image, the results indicate that hemorrhage can be induced in a disc adjacent to a vertebral body fractured by even minor trauma.

  16. Changes in the unfused lumbar spine in patients with idiopathic scoliosis. A 5- to 9-year assessment after cotrel-dubousset instrumentation.

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    Takahashi, S; Delécrin, J; Passuti, N

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    Postoperative changes in the lumbar spine were studied retrospectively in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis who had been treated with Cotrel-Dubousset instrumentation. To examine middle-term changes in the unfused lumbar segments below an instrumented scoliosis fusion. Scoliosis fusion by the Harrington method is known to be associated with a flat back in the fused area and subsequent degenerative changes in the segments below the fusion. No data have yet been published concerning a segmental instrumentation system. Thirty patients with idiopathic scoliosis, between the ages of 14 and 22 years at the time of surgery, were observed for 5-9 years after surgery. Activity, pain, complications, and 21 radiographic parameters were assessed. The prevalence of low back pain increased from 3% before surgery to 20% at the final follow-up visit, although in none of the patients was the pain so severe that specific treatment was required. Radiographically, uninstrumented lumbar segments generally were realigned successfully in the frontal plane. Analyses in the sagittal plane revealed tendencies to a gradual increase in lumbar lordosis, anterior-upward tilting of the lowest instrumented vertebra, and posterior shift of the sagittal spinal balance. During the follow-up period, seven patients (23%) developed degenerative changes, including mild junctional kyphosis, retrolisthesis, narrowing of disc spaces, or osteophytes. Whereas the overall clinical and radiographic results of surgery were satisfactory, the unfused lumbar segments required careful surveillance, especially in the sagittal plane.

  17. Optimal patient positioning for ligamentotaxis during balloon kyphoplasty of the thoracolumbar and lumbar spine.

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    Cawley, D T

    2011-06-01

    Percutaneous balloon kyphoplasty aims to restore vertebral height, correct angular deformity and stabilize the spine in the setting of vertebral compression fractures. The patient is positioned prone with supports under the iliac crests and upper thorax to allow gravity to extend the spine. In the treatment of lumbar fractures, we evaluated patient positioning with the contribution of hip extension to increase anterior ligamentotaxis, thus facilitating restoration of vertebral height. Our positioning technique created a mean anterior height increase from 72% to 78% of the average height of the cranial and caudal vertebrae (p=0.037). Balloon inflation did not significantly further increase anterior or posterior vertebral height, or Cobb angle.

  18. Chylothorax following anterior thoraco-lumbar spine exposure. A case report and review of literature.

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    Mora de Sambricio, A; Garrido Stratenwerth, E

    2015-01-01

    Pleural effusion is a possible complication of the thoraco-abdominal approach to the spine. It is more commonly a reactive effusion, but it also may be caused by hemothorax, empyema or, less commonly, a chylothorax. The case of a chylothorax is reported as a late onset complication of a double anterior and posterior instrumented fusion of the lumbar spine. Its management and clinical outcome, and a review of the literature is presented. Copyright © 2014 SECOT. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  19. Agreement in the Interpretation of Magnetic Resonance Images of the Lumbar Spine

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    Kovacs, F.M. (Dept. Cientfico, Fundacin Kovacs, Palma de Majorca (Spain)); Royuela, A. (Spanish Back Pain Research Network, Fundacin Kovacs, Palma de Majorca (Spain)); Jensen, T.S. (Back Research Center, Backcenter Funen, Ringe (Denmark)) (and others)

    2009-06-15

    Background: Correlation between clinical features and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings is essential in low-back-pain patients. Most previous studies have analyzed concordance in the interpretation of lumbar MRI among a few radiologists who worked together. This may have overestimated concordance. Purpose: To evaluate intra- and interobserver agreement in the interpretation of lumbar MRI performed in an open 0.2T system. Material and Methods: Seven radiologists from two different geographic settings in Spain interpreted the lumbar MRIs of 50 subjects representative of the general Danish population aged 40 years. The radiologists interpreted the images in routine clinical practice, having no knowledge of the clinical and demographic characteristics of the subjects and blinded to their colleagues' assessments. Six of the radiologists evaluated the same MRIs 14 days later, having no knowledge of the previous results. Data on the existence of disc degeneration, high-intensity zones, disc contour, Schmorl nodes, Modic changes, osteophytes, spondylolisthesis, and spinal stenosis were collected in the Nordic Modic Consensus Group Classification form. Intra- and interobserver agreement was analyzed for variables with a prevalence =10% and =90% by means of the kappa statistic. Results: Intra- and interobserver agreement was excellent for variables related to Modic changes, and fair to good for disc contour, high-intensity zones, and Schmorl nodes. The evaluations for disc degeneration and osteophytes were found to have fair to good intraobserver agreement and poor interobserver agreement. The agreement for the evaluations of spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis was not analyzed because they were observed in <10% of reports. Conclusion: Images from 0.2T MRIs appear to lead to good agreement in the reporting of disc contour, high-intensity zones, Schmorl nodes, and, in particular, Modic changes, suggesting that they can possibly be reliably used for clinical

  20. Treatment of herniated lumbar disc by percutaneous laser disc decompression combined with synchronous suction technique through syringe

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    Dhir B. Gurung; Gaojian Tao; Hongyi Lin; Yanning Qian; Jian Lin

    2007-01-01

    Objective: To compare the outcomes of percutaneous laser disc decompression (PLDD) and PLDD with synchronous suction through syringe in the patients with herniated lumbar disc (HLD). Methods: Forty-two patients with HLD on MRI and those who did not respond to conservative treatment for 6 weeks were randomly divided into group A and group B. In group A, the patients were treated with PLDD and those in group B with PLDD and synchronous suction through syringe. GaAIAS diode laser at 810 nm was used for the ablation in both groups. The treatment effect was evaluated by modified MacNab's criteria on the 7th, 30th and 90th day. Results: Evaluated by modified MacNab's criteria, the percentages of the excellent and good cases in total patients treated for group B and A were 80.95% and 57.14% on the 7th follow-up day, 85.71% and 66.67% on the 30th follow-up day, and 95.24% and 71.43% on the 90th follow-up day, respectively. Conclusion: Synchronous suction technique through syringe during PLDD improves the overall outcome in the treatment of herniated lumbar disc.

  1. Does Duration of Preoperative Sciatica Impact Surgical Outcomes in Patients with Lumbar Disc Herniation?

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    Farzad Omidi-Kashani

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. In lumbar disc herniation, most authors recommend nonoperative treatment for the first few weeks of presentation, but what about the upper limit of this golden period? The aim of this study is to assess the effect of preoperative sciatica duration on surgical outcome of lumbar disc herniation. Methods. We retrospectively evaluated 240 patients (124 males and 116 females with a mean age of 36.4±5.9 years (range 16 to 63 surgically treated due to primary stable L4-L5 disc herniation. The patients were placed into two groups: with more and less than 12-month duration of preoperative sciatalgia. Disability and pain were measured by Oswestry Disability Index (ODI and Visual Analogue Scale (VAS. Wilcoxon test and Mann-Whitney U test were used for statistical analysis. Results. Total mean duration of preoperative sciatalgia and follow-up period were 13.3 months (range 2 to 65 and 33.7±5.1 months (range 24 to 72, respectively. Comparison between the groups showed that duration of preoperative sciatalgia either less or more than 12 months did not affect the surgical outcomes significantly. Conclusions. More or less than 12-month duration of preoperative sciatalgia may not affect the surgical outcomes of simple lumbar disc herniation in the patients undergoing discectomy.

  2. Genotypic and Antimicrobial Characterisation of Propionibacterium acnes Isolates from Surgically Excised Lumbar Disc Herniations

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    Jess Rollason

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The anaerobic skin commensal Propionibacterium acnes is an underestimated cause of human infections and clinical conditions. Previous studies have suggested a role for the bacterium in lumbar disc herniation and infection. To further investigate this, five biopsy samples were surgically excised from each of 64 patients with lumbar disc herniation. P. acnes and other bacteria were detected by anaerobic culture, followed by biochemical and PCR-based identification. In total, 24/64 (38% patients had evidence of P. acnes in their excised herniated disc tissue. Using recA and mAb typing methods, 52% of the isolates were type II (50% of culture-positive patients, while type IA strains accounted for 28% of isolates (42% patients. Type III (11% isolates; 21% patients and type IB strains (9% isolates; 17% patients were detected less frequently. The MIC values for all isolates were lowest for amoxicillin, ciprofloxacin, erythromycin, rifampicin, tetracycline, and vancomycin (≤1mg/L. The MIC for fusidic acid was 1-2 mg/L. The MIC for trimethoprim and gentamicin was 2 to ≥4 mg/L. The demonstration that type II and III strains, which are not frequently recovered from skin, predominated within our isolate collection (63% suggests that the role of P. acnes in lumbar disc herniation should not be readily dismissed.

  3. [Acupuncture combined with traction therapy for lumbar disc herniation: a systematic review].

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    Li, Xiu-zhen; Chen, Hai-yong; Zheng, Xiao; Liu, Nong-yu

    2014-09-01

    To evaluate the efficacy and safety of acupuncture combined with traction therapy for lumbar disc herniation, providing the basis for future research strategies. Randomized control trials. (RCT) of acupuncture combined with traction therapy for lumber disc herniation at home and abroad from 2000 to 2013 were searched, analysis and evaluation of literature and strength of evidence were based on the principles and methods of Evidence-based Medicine. The total effective rate and curative rate were considered as primary outcome measures; pain improvement, quality of life, relapse rate and adverse effects were considered as secondary outcome measures. Seventeen RCTs were identified, Meta-analysis showed that (1) total effective rate and curative rate: acupuncture combined with traction therapy was better than single therapy (acupuncture or traction); (2) pain improvement: acupuncture combined with traction therapy was better than traction therapy; (3) relapse rate: current evidence could not support the conclusion that acupuncture combined with traction therapy was better than traction therapy. Acupuncture combined with traction therapy for lumbar disc herniation was effective. However, the included studies were with high risk of bias, important outcome measures such as quality of life, relapse rate and adverse effects were not found in most of the studies. Current evidence has not yet been able to fully reflect acupuncture combined with traction therapy for lumbar disc herniation is better than single therapy, so more RCTs of higher quality are needed to further confirm its efficacy and safety.

  4. Percutaneous bipolar radiofrequency thermocoagulation for the treatment of lumbar disc herniation.

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    Zeng, Zhenhua; Yan, Min; Dai, Yi; Qiu, Weidong; Deng, Shuo; Gu, Xinzhu

    2016-08-01

    Lumbar disc herniation is usually managed with conservative treatment or surgery. However, conservative therapy seldom yields good results, and surgery is associated with multiple complications. This study aimed to assess bipolar radiofrequency thermocoagulation for the treatment of lumbar disc herniation. A total of 168 patients with lumbar disc herniation suitable for radiofrequency thermocoagulation were enrolled and randomized to monopolar radiofrequency thermocoagulation (control group, n=84) or bipolar radiofrequency thermocoagulation (experimental group, n=84) treatment groups. Ablation sites were targeted under CT scan guidance, and consecutive radiofrequency therapy was used. One and two probes were used for monopolar and bipolar thermocoagulation, respectively. Thermocoagulation was achieved at 50°C, 60°C, and 70°C for 60s each, 80°C for 90s, and 92°C for 100s. Symptoms and complications were evaluated using the modified Macnab criteria and Visual Analog Scale at 7, 30, and 180days postoperatively. At 180days, a significantly higher efficacy rate was obtained in the experimental group compared with control patients (91.6% versus 79.7%, Plumbar disc herniation treatment, and should be further explored for broad clinical application.

  5. CLINICAL OBSERVATION ON LUMBAR INTERVERTEBRAL DISC HERNIATION TREATED BY TRACTION COMBINED WITH ACUPUNCTURE

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    何涛; 何岚

    2004-01-01

    Objective: To observe the therapeutic effect of traction combined with acupuncture on lumbar intervertebral disc herniation (LIDH).Methods:Eighty-three patients diagnosed as LIDH were randomly divided into treatment group (n=42)and control group (n=41).In the treatment group, besides lumbar traction, electroacupuncture at Jiaji (EX-B 2, L3~5), Shenshu (BL 23), Qihai (CV 6), Mingmen (GV 4), Huantiao (GB 30), Chengshan (BL 57) and Yanglingquan (GB 34) was added.In the control group, only lumbar traction was applied.Results: In treatment group, the cure plus markedly effective rate was 80.95% with a total effective rate of 92.86%, while in control group, it was 39.02% with a total effective rate of 80.48%.The therapeutic effect in the treatment group was obviously better than that in the control group (P<0.001).Conclusion: Lumbar traction plus EA can effectively alleviate or even eliminate clinical symptoms and signs of lumbar intervertebral disc herniation.

  6. Alcaptonuria with lumbar disc prolapse: case study and review of the literature.

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    Kalevski, S K; Haritonov, D G; Peev, Nikolay Angelov

    2007-01-01

    Patients with alcaptonuria frequently complain of pain in the large joints and the spinal column, this condition is being assumed to be normal. It is very rare for patients with ochronosis to undergo lumbar surgery since the disk protrusion is not characteristic for them and overlaps with the general complaints due to the spondiloarthritic and stenotic changes. To prove the possibility of a lumbar disc herniation in a patient with alcaptonuria as a real entity that causes lumbar and radiculalgic complaints. A case of a 33-year old patient with alcaptonuria and lumbar disc herniation is presented. The case is presented together with its clinical course, the diagnostic techniques, the surgical findings, histological results and the treatment outcome. After the surgical treatment the patient's complaints were alleviated and almost no complaints were registered, during the next follow-up. The most common symptoms seen in alcaptonuria are complaints of pain in large joints and back pain. They are usually associated with the main disease. The case we present demonstrates that even there is a small likelihood for a prolapsed lumbar disk, it should be sought in such patients as the surgical treatment is able to yields a positive results.

  7. Dynamic Stabilization for Challenging Lumbar Degenerative Diseases of the Spine: A Review of the Literature

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    Tuncay Kaner

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Fusion and rigid instrumentation have been currently the mainstay for the surgical treatment of degenerative diseases of the spine over the last 4 decades. In all over the world the common experience was formed about fusion surgery. Satisfactory results of lumbar spinal fusion appeared completely incompatible and unfavorable within years. Rigid spinal implants along with fusion cause increased stresses of the adjacent segments and have some important disadvantages such as donor site morbidity including pain, wound problems, infections because of longer operating time, pseudarthrosis, and fatigue failure of implants. Alternative spinal implants were developed with time on unsatisfactory outcomes of rigid internal fixation along with fusion. Motion preservation devices which include both anterior and posterior dynamic stabilization are designed and used especially in the last two decades. This paper evaluates the dynamic stabilization of the lumbar spine and talks about chronologically some novel dynamic stabilization devices and thier efficacies.

  8. Posterior osteosynthesis of a spontaneous bilateral pedicle fracture of the lumbar spine.

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    Han, Sang-Hyun; Hyun, Seung-Jae; Jahng, Tae-Ahn; Kim, Ki-Jeong

    2016-03-01

    Spontaneous bilateral pedicle fractures of the lumbar spine are rare, and an optimal surgical treatment has not been suggested. The authors report the case of a 50-year-old woman who presented with low-back pain and right leg radiating pain of 1 year's duration. Radiological studies revealed a spontaneous bilateral pedicle fracture of L-5. All efforts at conservative treatment failed, and the patient underwent surgery for osteosynthesis of the fractured pedicle using bilateral pedicle screws connected with a bent rod. Her low-back and right leg pain were relieved postoperatively. A CT scan performed 3 months postoperatively revealed the disappearance of the pedicle fracture gap and presence of newly formed bony trabeculation. In rare cases of spontaneous bilateral pedicle fracture of the lumbar spine, osteosynthesis of the fractured pedicle using bilateral pedicle screws and a bent rod is a motion-preserving technique that may be an effective option when conservative management has failed.

  9. The vertebral signal change on MRI and histological examination of the operated cases for lumbar disc herniations

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    Kasama, Fumio; Kusakabe, Takashi; Sato, Katsumi; Komatsu, Tetsuro; Watanuki, Munenori; Hara, Seigo [Tohoku Rosai Hospital, Sendai (Japan)

    2002-03-01

    We examined the pre-operative MRI of 97 cases of lumbar disc herniation retrospectively. Ninety-two cases (95%) had vertebral signal changes, end plate erosions and/or vertebral posterior corner changes. Thirty-seven (47%) cases of 78 histological examinations had a cartilaginous end plate. Patients whose MRI showed high signal intensity on both T1 and T2 weighted images near the end plates, had a high incidence of having the end plates in the prolapsed disc herniations. We must recognize the lumbar disc herniation as the injured state of the disc and endplates. (author)

  10. Upper Lumbar Disc Herniation Presenting as Acute Abdomen

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    Borghei- Razavi Hamid

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available A woman presenting with severe right lower quadrant (RLQ abdominal pain is presented here. She was evaluated for all usual cause of such pain. Laboratory tests and abdominal and pelvic sonography was normal. MRI revealed L1-L2 disc herniation.

  11. Agreement in the Interpretation of Magnetic Resonance Images of the Lumbar Spine

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    Kovacs, F M; Royuela, A; Jensen, Tue Secher

    2009-01-01

    Background: Correlation between clinical features and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings is essential in low-back-pain patients. Most previous studies have analyzed concordance in the interpretation of lumbar MRI among a few radiologists who worked together. This may have overestimated...... of the previous results. Data on the existence of disc degeneration, high-intensity zones, disc contour, Schmorl nodes, Modic changes, osteophytes, spondylolisthesis, and spinal stenosis were collected in the Nordic Modic Consensus Group Classification form. Intra- and interobserver agreement was analyzed...

  12. Dumb-bell-type teratoma in the lumbar spine.

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    Okuyama, K; Abe, E; Hoshi, N; Misawa, A; Tamura, Y; Chiba, M

    2000-02-01

    We report a case of a lumbar teratoma in a 50-year-old woman. The teratoma showed a dumb-bell-type expansion at the level of the left L3/4 foramen with massive erosion of the L3 vertebral body. MRI revealed inhomogeneous signal changes in the tumor, which were histologically compatible with a mixture of bone, muscle, fat, and cyst containing sebaceous material. Complete resection of the tumor and spinal arthrodesis with pedicle screw fixation was necessary to obtain stability of the affected spinal segment.

  13. Oblique lumbar spine radiographs: importance in young patients

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    Libson, E.; Bloom, R.A.; Dinari, G.; Robin, G.C.

    1984-04-01

    Spondylolysis is a direct precursor of spondylolisthesis and can lead to crippling back pain. Of 1,743 patients surveyed, including 936 who were asymptomatic and 807 with back pain, 165 (including 91 who were asymptomatic and 74 with back pain) had spondylolysis, which was seen only on oblique lumbar views in 20% of cases. Because of the high false-negative rate of AP and lateral views, oblique views are essential in children and young adults. As spondylolysis is rare above L3, radiographs can be limited to L3-S1. Significantly less spondylolysis was seen in persons older than 30 with back pain usually caused by disk degeneration.

  14. Dumb-bell-type teratoma in the lumbar spine

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    Okuyama, Koichiro; Misawa, Akiko; Tamura, Yasuki; Chiba, Mitsuho [Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, Akita Rosai Hospital, Odate City (Japan); Abe, Eiji [Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, Akita University School of Medicine (Japan); Hoshi, Naoto [2. Dept. of Pathology, Akita University School of Medicine (Japan)

    2000-02-01

    We report a case of a lumbar teratoma in a 50-year-old woman. The teratoma showed a dumb-bell-type expansion at the level of the left L3/4 foramen with massive erosion of the L3 vertebral body. MRI revealed inhomogeneous signal changes in the tumor, which were histologically compatible with a mixture of bone, muscle, fat, and cyst containing sebaceous material. Complete resection of the tumor and spinal arthrodesis with pedicle screw fixation was necessary to obtain stability of the affected spinal segment. (orig.)

  15. Do positive MRI findings in the lumbar spine predict future seeking care for low back pain in young teenagers?

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    Kjær, Per; Leboeuf-Yde, Charlotte; Korsholm, Lars

    in girls. However, multiple testing increases the probability of chance findings. Conclusion: Some positive MRI findings seem to predict future seeking care for LBP. However, when interpreting lumbar spine MRI from young teenagers in a clinical setting, gender variations and the lumbar level...

  16. Brucellar discitis as a cause of lumbar disc herniation: a case report.

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    Yilmaz, Cem; Akar, Aykan; Civelek, Erdinç; Köksay, Berkay; Kabatas, Serdar; Cansever, Tufan; Caner, Hakan

    2010-01-01

    Brucellosis is an infectious disease spread by consumption of non-pasteurized milk products or through contact with infected animals. Spinal involvement is one of the most important complications and the lumbar area is the most frequently affected site. Among the neurological consequences, nerve root compression can be a result of epidural abscess, granuloma or discitis secondary to vertebral body involvement. In this case report we present a 50-year-old male patient with brucellar discitis without spondylitis which caused lumbar disc herniation. We want to emphasize that discitis should also be considered in differential diagnosis of nerve root compression in suspected cases.

  17. Lumbar spine joint synovial cysts of intraspinal development. CT scan imaging

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    Vallee, C.; Chevrot, A.; Benhamouda, M. and others

    CT scan imaging findings are described in 22 patients with lumbar spine joint synovial cysts, of intraspinal development, provoking sciatica or lumbosciatica from nerve compression in spinal canal. Diagnosis was suggested by a mass at the posterior joint level, of variable density, sometimes with peripheral calcification, presenting a vacuum appearance on occasions, and with enhanced image with contrast. Differential diagnosis is from excluded hernia and postoperative fibrosis. Posterior intra-articular arthrography can confirm diagnosis and allow treatment with prolonged action corticoid infiltrations.

  18. Evaluation of the post-operative lumbar spine with MR imaging. The role of contrast enhancement and thickening in nerve roots

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    Grane, P.; Lindqvist, M. [Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm (Sweden). Dept. of Neuroradiology

    1997-11-01

    Purpose: Two new signs of lumbar nerve-root affection have been reported in recent years on the basis of MR examinations, namely: thickening in nerve roots; and contrast enhancement in nerve roots. The aim of this study was to assess contrast enhancement in nerve roots in a standardised way, and to evaluate the clinical significance of contrast enhancement and of nerve-root thickening in the symptomatic post-operative lumbar spine. Material and Methods: A total of 121 patients (who had previously been operated on for lumbar disc herniation) underwent 152 MR examinations, mainly on a 1.5 T system. Focal nerve-root enhancement was identified by visual assessment. Intradural enhancement was also quantified by pixel measurements that compared the affected nerve roots before and after contrast administration. Non-affected nerve roots were used as reference. Results: Enhanced nerve roots in the dural sac increased at least 40-50% in signal intensity after contrast administration compared to pre-contrast images and also compared to non-affected nerve roots. Intradural nerve-root enhancement was seen in 10% of the patients and focal enhancement in the root sleeve was seen in a further 26%. Nerve-root thickening was seen in 30%. Good correlation with clinical symptoms was found in 59% of the patients with intradural enhancement, in 84% with focal enhancement, and in 86% with nerve-root thickening. The combination of thickening and enhancement in the nerve root correlated with symptoms in 86% of the patients. Conclusion: Nerve-root enhancement (whether focal or intradural) and thickening in the nerve root are significant MR findings in the post-operative lumbar spine. In conbination with disc herniation or nerve-root displacement, these two signs may strengthen the indication for repeat surgery. However, root enhancement within 6 months of previous surgery may be a normal post-operative finding. (orig.).

  19. The effect of flexion distraction therapy of the lumbar spine on the electromyographic activity of the erector spinae muscle

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    M.Tech. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the electromyographic effect of flexion distraction therapy of the lumbar spine on the Erector Spinae muscles in participants with lumbar facet dysfunction. STUDY DESIGN: Thirty participants with lumbar facet dysfunction underwent 6 flexion distraction therapy treatments on alternate days over a 2-week period (excluding weekends) to test the electromyographic effect on the Erector Spinae muscle. SETTING: University of Johannesburg C...

  20. COMPUTATIONAL ANALYSIS BASED ON ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORKS FOR AIDING IN DIAGNOSING OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE LUMBAR SPINE.

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    Veronezi, Carlos Cassiano Denipotti; de Azevedo Simões, Priscyla Waleska Targino; Dos Santos, Robson Luiz; da Rocha, Edroaldo Lummertz; Meláo, Suelen; de Mattos, Merisandra Côrtes; Cechinel, Cristian

    2011-01-01

    To ascertain the advantages of applying artificial neural networks to recognize patterns on lumbar spine radiographies in order to aid in the process of diagnosing primary osteoarthritis. This was a cross-sectional descriptive analytical study with a quantitative approach and an emphasis on diagnosis. The training set was composed of images collected between January and July 2009 from patients who had undergone lateral-view digital radiographies of the lumbar spine, which were provided by a radiology clinic located in the municipality of Criciúma (SC). Out of the total of 260 images gathered, those with distortions, those presenting pathological conditions that altered the architecture of the lumbar spine and those with patterns that were difficult to characterize were discarded, resulting in 206 images. The image data base (n = 206) was then subdivided, resulting in 68 radiographies for the training stage, 68 images for tests and 70 for validation. A hybrid neural network based on Kohonen self-organizing maps and on Multilayer Perceptron networks was used. After 90 cycles, the validation was carried out on the best results, achieving accuracy of 62.85%, sensitivity of 65.71% and specificity of 60%. Even though the effectiveness shown was moderate, this study is still innovative. The values show that the technique used has a promising future, pointing towards further studies on image and cycle processing methodology with a larger quantity of radiographies.

  1. Biomechanical analysis of two-step traction therapy in the lumbar spine.

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    Park, Won Man; Kim, Kyungsoo; Kim, Yoon Hyuk

    2014-12-01

    Traction therapy is one of the most common conservative treatments for low back pain. However, the effects of traction therapy on lumbar spine biomechanics are not well known. We investigated biomechanical effects of two-step traction therapy, which consists of global axial traction and local decompression, on the lumbar spine using a validated three-dimensional finite element model of the lumbar spine. One-third of body weight was applied on the center of the L1 vertebra toward the superior direction for the first axial traction. Anterior translation of the L4 vertebra was considered as the second local decompression. The lordosis angle between the superior planes of the L1 vertebra and sacrum was 44.6° at baseline, 35.2° with global axial traction, and 46.4° with local decompression. The fibers of annulus fibrosus in the posterior region, and intertransverse and posterior longitudinal ligaments experienced stress primarily during global axial traction, these stresses decreased during local decompression. A combination of global axial traction and local decompression would be helpful for reducing tensile stress on the fibers of the annulus fibrosus and ligaments, and intradiscal pressure in traction therapy. This study could be used to develop a safer and more effective type of traction therapy.

  2. Is lumbar drainage of postoperative cerebrospinal fluid fistula after spine surgery effective?

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    Barbanti Bròdano, G; Serchi, E; Babbi, L; Terzi, S; Corghi, A; Gasbarrini, A; Bandiera, S; Griffoni, C; Colangeli, S; Ghermandi, R; Boriani, S

    2014-03-01

    This study is a retrospective consecutive case series analysis of 198 patients who underwent spine surgery between 2009 and 2010. The aim of this paper was to assess the efficacy and safeness of bed rest and lumbar drainage in treating postoperative CSF fistula. Postoperative cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) fistula is a well-known complication in spine surgery which lead to a significant change in length of hospitalization and possible postoperative complications. Management of CSF leaks has changed little over the past 20 years with no golden standard advocated from literature. Postoperative CSF fistulas were described in 16 of 198 patients (8%) who underwent spine surgery between 2009 and 2010. The choice of the therapeutic strategy was based on the clinical condition of the patients, taking into account the possibility to maintain the prone position continuously and the risk of morbidity due to prolonged bed rest. Six patients were treated conservatively (position prone for three weeks), ten patients were treated by positioning an external CSF lumbar drainage for ten days. The mean follow-up period was ten months. All patients healed their wound properly and no adverse events were recorded. Patients treated conservatively were cured in a mean period of 30 days, while patients treated with CSF drainage were cured in a mean period of 10 days. Lumbar drainage seems to be effective and safe both in preventing CSF fistula in cases of large dural tears and debilitated/irradiated patients and in treating CSF leaks.

  3. Additional merit of coronal STIR imaging for MR imaging of lumbar spine

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    Ranjana Gupta

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Back pain is a common clinical problem and is the frequent complaint for referral of lumbar spine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI. Coronal short tau inversion recovery sequence (STIR can provide diagnostically significant information in small percentage of patients. Materials and Methods: MRI examinations of a total of 350 patients were retrospectively included in the study. MR sequences were evaluated in two settings. One radiologist evaluated sagittal and axial images only, while another radiologist evaluated all sequences, including coronal STIR sequence. After recording the diagnoses, we compared the MRI findings in two subsets of patients to evaluate additional merit of coronal STIR imaging. Results: With addition of coronal STIR imaging, significant findings were observed in 24 subjects (6.8%. Twenty-one of these subjects were considered to be normal on other sequences and in three subjects diagnosis was changed with the addition of coronal STIR. Additional diagnoses on STIR included sacroiliitis, sacroiliac joint degenerative disease, sacral stress/insufficiency fracture/Looser′s zones, muscular sprain and atypical appendicitis. Conclusion: Coronal STIR imaging can provide additional diagnoses in a small percentage of patients presenting for lumbar spine MRI for back pain. Therefore, it should be included in the routine protocol for MR imaging of lumbar spine.

  4. Clinical Observation on the Treatment of Relapsed Lumbar Disc Herniation after Disc Surgery by Acupuncture plus Medication

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    吴耀持; 汪崇淼; 张峻峰; 李石胜; 洪珏

    2010-01-01

    Objective:This study was to observe the therapeutic effect of electro-acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal fumigation and application in the treatment of relapsed lumbar disc herniation after lumbar disc surgery.Methods:Eighty-four subjects were randomized into a treatment group and a control group.The treatment group(44subjects)received electroacupuncture plus herbal fumigation and application therapy.The control group(40 subjects)only received electroacupuncture therapy.The therapeutic results were observed and compared afterwards.Results:The total effective rate was 90.9% in the treatment group and 82.5% in the control group.and the difierence was statistically significant(P<0.05).Conclusion:The combined therapy of electroacupuncture with Chinese herbal fumigation and application has better therapeutic effect than mono-electroacupuncture in the treatment of post-surgery relapsed lumbar disc herniation.%目的:观察电针配合中药外熏外敷治疗腰椎间盘突出症术后复发的临床疗效.方法:将84例病人随机分成治疗组和对照组,治疗组44例运用电针结合中药熏敷治疗,对照组40例单用电针进行治疗,观察并比较两组临床疗效.结果:治疗组总有效率为90.9%,对照组总有效率为82.5%,两组有显著性差异(P<0.05).结论:电针结合中药熏敷用于腰椎间盘突出症术后复发患者的治疗,其临床疗效要优于单纯电针治疗.

  5. 经皮椎间孔入路全内镜技术治疗腰椎间盘突出症%Transforaminal percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy for lumbar disc herniation

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    宋科冉; 李振宙; 侯树勋; 赵宏亮; 商卫林

    2014-01-01

    Transforaminal percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy ( TF-PELD ) is a minimally invasive procedure, which has developed very fast recently. The appearance of Yeung Endoscopy Spine System ( YESS ) marked the maturation of TF-PELD. The YESS consists of a video system and a rigid endoscope including optical fiber lighting, wide-angle lens, some irrigation channels and a working channel. Inclusive lumbar disc herniation can be treated, but it is inadaptable for herniated lumber disc prolapsed in the canal. The cross-sectional area of the intervertebral foramen will be expanded by using Transforaminal Endoscopic Spine System ( TESSYS ), so as to put the working tube into the canal. The puncture point is moved outside and the working tube will be put into the canal in the“far-lateral technique”invented by Ruetten et al. The deifciency of YESS is offset by the 2 techniques stated above, and the operation indications of TF-PELD are extended. In recent 20 years, the side injuries have been constantly reduced and as good clinical results as in traditional decompression procedures have been achieved. TF-PELD will hold a bright prospect.

  6. Changes in bending stiffness and lumbar spine range of movement following lumbar mobilization and manipulation.

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    Stamos-Papastamos, Nikolaos; Petty, Nicola J; Williams, Jonathan M

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of lumbar rotational manipulation and lumbar central posteroanterior mobilization on lumbar bending stiffness and flexion and extension range of motion (ROM). A same-subject, repeated-measures, crossover design was used using 32 asymptomatic subjects (16 female and 16 male; mean [SD] age, 25.5 [4.5] years; weight, 65.7 [11.8] kg; and height, 1.70 [0.08] m). Each subject received mobilization or manipulation on 2 different occasions. Bending stiffness was calculated using a 3-point bending model using an electromagnetic tracking device and a force platform; lumbar flexion and extension ROM was measured using an electromagnetic tracking device. All variables were measured pre- and postintervention. Their effect was compared using paired t tests. Manipulation and mobilization did not significantly alter either bending stiffness or lumbar flexion and extension ROM (mobilization: P = .175, P = .613, and P = .535; manipulation: P = .973, P = .323, and P = .439). Bending stiffness changes were not correlated to changes in ROM (Pearson r for stiffness-flexion = -0.102, P = .586; Pearson r for stiffness-extension = 0.014, P = .941). Manipulation and mobilization had no significant effect on bending stiffness or flexion and extension ROM for this group of subjects. Some individual variations in effect were observed. Copyright © 2011 National University of Health Sciences. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Isolated filar cyst on lumbar spine sonography in infants: a case-control study

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    Irani, Neville [Allegheny General Hospital, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Goud, Asha R. [University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO (United States); Lowe, Lisa H. [University of Missouri-Kansas City, Department of Radiology, Children' s Mercy Hospital and Clinics, Kansas City, MO (United States)

    2006-12-15

    Simple cysts found within the filum terminale of infants on lumbar spine sonography are relatively common, but no study has established their clinical significance. To obtain information on the sonographic features of isolated filar cysts and determine their clinical significance in comparison with age- and sex-matched controls. We performed a retrospective review of 644 consecutive spine sonograms in patients younger than 8 months. Gestational age- and sex-matched controls with normal lumbar sonograms were taken from the same period. We obtained short-term clinical follow-up of motor milestones for each group. The incidence of filar cyst was 78 of the 644 (11.8%) and was inversely related to age. Developmental follow-up of the study patients compared with control population showed no statistically significant difference in the ages at which the infants were able to turn over, crawl and walk. Follow-up MR imaging of 13 study patients (19%) failed to demonstrate filar cysts previously identified on sonography. No significant difference was found in the short-term outcome of infants with isolated filar cysts on lumbar sonography compared with that of a control population. Filar cysts should be considered a normal variant when found in isolation on lumbar sonography. (orig.)

  8. Primitive neuroectodermal tumor of lumbar spine: case report

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    HE Shi-sheng; ZHAO Jie; HAN Kai-wei; HOU Tie-sheng; Nazakat Hussain; ZHANG Shun-ming

    2007-01-01

    @@ Primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNETs), derived from the primitive neural crest, are highly malignant and mainly exist in the central nervous system (CNS),chest wall, lower extremities, trunk, kidney, and orbit but rarely in the spine. Though multidisciplinary treatments have been well established as the standard therapy for intracranial PNETs, little is known about the optimal treatment strategy and therapeutic results for intraspinal PNETs. The following report illustrates the operative and non-operative management of an extradural PNET at the level of L5 in a young girl.

  9. Diagnostic accuracy of magnetic resonance imaging versus computed tomography in stress fractures of the lumbar spine

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    Ganiyusufoglu, A.K., E-mail: kursady33@yahoo.co [Department of Radiology, Florence Nightingale Hospital, Istanbul (Turkey); Onat, L. [Department of Radiology, Florence Nightingale Hospital, Istanbul (Turkey); Karatoprak, O.; Enercan, M.; Hamzaoglu, A. [Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Florence Nightingale Hospital, Istanbul (Turkey)

    2010-11-15

    Aim: To compare the diagnostic accuracy of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with computed tomography (CT) in stress fractures of the lumbar spine. Materials and methods: Radiological and clinical data from 57 adolescents and young adults with a diagnosis of stress injury of the lumbar spine were retrospectively reviewed. All cases had undergone both 1.5 T MRI and 16-section CT examinations. All MRI and CT images were retrospectively reviewed and evaluated in separate sessions. The fracture morphology (complete/incomplete, localization) and vertebral levels were noted at both the CT and MRI examinations. Bone marrow/peri-osseous soft-tissue oedema was also determined at MRI. Results: In total, 73 complete and 32 incomplete stress fractures were detected with CT. Sixty-seven complete, 24 incomplete fractures and eight stress reactions were detected using MRI in the same study group. Marrow oedema was also seen in eight of the complete and 20 of the incomplete fractures. The specificity, sensitivity, and accuracy of MRI in detecting fracture lines were 99.6, 86.7, and 97.2%, respectively. MRI was more accurate at the lower lumbar levels in comparison to upper lumbar levels. Conclusion: MRI has a similar diagnostic accuracy to CT in determining complete fractures with or without accompanying marrow oedema and incomplete fractures with accompanying marrow oedema, especially at the lower lumbar levels, which constitutes 94% of all fractures. At upper lumbar levels and in the incomplete fractures of the pars interarticularis with marked surrounding sclerosis, MRI has apparent limitations compared to CT imaging.

  10. Development of the multi-segment lumbar spine for humanoid robots

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    Penčić Marko M.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents development of multi-segment lumbar structure based on the human spine. The research is performed within the project based on development of socially acceptable robot named "SARA". Two approaches for spine realization of humanoids exist: multi-joint viscoelastic structures (5-10 joints that have variable flexibility and structures that consist of one joint - torso/waist joint, which has low elasticity and high stiffness. We propose multi-joint flexible structure with stiff, low backlash and self-locking mechanisms that require small actuators. Based on kinematic-dynamic requirements dynamical model of robot is formed. Dynamical simulation is performed for several postures of the robot and driving torques of lumbar structure are determined. During development of the lumbar structure 16 variant solutions are considered. Developed lumbar structure consists of three equal segments, it has 6 DOFs (2 DOFs per segment and allows movements of lateral flexion ±30° and torsion ±45°, as well as the combination of these two movements. In development phase the movements of flexion/extension are excluded, for the bending of the body forward to an angle of 45° is achieved by rotation in the hip joints. Proposed solution of the lumbar structure is characterized by self-locking of mechanisms (if for any reason actuators stop working, lumbar structure retains current posture, low backlash (high positioning accuracy and repeatability of movements, compactness, high carrying capacity and small dimensions. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III44008 and by Provincial secretariat for science and technological development under contract 114-451-2116/2011

  11. Hip-spine syndrome: A cadaveric analysis between osteoarthritis of the lumbar spine and hip joints.

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    Weinberg, D S; Gebhart, J J; Liu, R W

    2017-09-01

    Authors have recently proposed the concept of "hip-spine syndrome", however there exists limited evidence available to differentiate whether these concomitant arthritides are due to anatomic/structural causes, or systemic/metabolic effects. Exploring this relationship has important implications during the evaluation and treatment of both spine and hip disorders-a common clinical presentation of many patients. The purpose of this experiment was to investigate the individual contribution of hip arthritis towards the development of spine arthritis, with knee arthritis also being analyzed as a negative (systemic) control. Hip and spine arthritis are caused by both metabolic and anatomic causes. A large, well-organized osteological database was queried, and osteoarthritis of the spine, hip, and knee joints was quantified using a validated scoring criteria. Six hundred and twenty-five specimens were chosen for analysis. Multivariate linear regression models were created to quantify the independent contributions of age, gender, race, height, and arthritis of the spine and hip joints. Age was the strongest predictor of arthritis at each site (standardized betas>0.281, P<0.001 for all). Hip arthritis was a stronger predictor of spine arthritis than was knee arthritis (standardized betas 0.215 and 0.155, respectively, P<0.001 for both). Spine arthritis was also a stronger predictor of hip arthritis than was knee arthritis (standardized betas 0.232 and 0.173, P<0.001 for both). Anatomic/structural influences about the lumbosacral-pelvic junction contribute towards the development of arthritis that is separate from any systemic/metabolic effects. Surgeons performing total hip arthroplasty should remain aware of these relationships, although future research is necessary regarding optimal surgical treatment of these patients. N/A (cadaveric study). Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  12. Tophaceous gout of the lumbar spine in a renal transplant patient: a case report and literature review

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    Thornton, Frank J. E-mail: frankclo@indigo.ie; Torreggiani, William C.; Brennan, Paul

    2000-12-01

    Tophaceous gout of the spine is rare. We report the case of a 27-year-old male, renal transplant recipient, who presented with an acute onset of lower back pain. Radiological, biochemical and histo-pathological findings confirmed a diagnosis of tophaceous gout of the lumbar spine. We present the case history with the radiological findings and discuss the literature.

  13. A medical record of lumbar disc herniation%腰间盘突出医案一则

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    陈艳艳; 杨秋茹; 侯献兵

    2016-01-01

    本文介绍腰间盘突出医案一则,可知针灸治疗腰间盘突出确有实效,为相关治疗提供参考。%In this article, a medical record of treating lumbar disc herniation was introduced;a deifnite effcacy of acupuncture on lumbar disc herniation was showed;and this study provided more reference for relevant treatment.

  14. Towards the causes of secondary post-traumatic deformations of thoracic and lumbar spine

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    Shulga А.Е.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of the study is to analyze and systematize main causes of secondary spine deformations forming in patients who had operations due to thoracic and lumbar spine damages. Material and Methods. The analysis of poor surgical results of 155 patients previously operated due to various thoracic and lumbar spine damages has been conducted. All patients had complications associated with secondary spinal column deformations at various time after the intervention. Standard investigation included the analysis of patients' complaints, their previous history, somatic, neurological and orthopedic status. Results. The intensity of spinal column deformation was defined due to the character and level of primary trauma structurally characterized predominantly by unstable damages. However as it has been found in this research the main cause of this complicated pathology lied in the number of tactical and technical pitfalls of primary surgical treatment. Conclusion. Surgical operations due to secondary post-traumatic deformations in most cases are laborious and are accompanied by significant surgical trauma therefore systematization and analysis of the main causes of poor results of primary spine surgery may contribute to the preventive treatment of this type of pathology.

  15. Analysis of structure of lumbar spine dorsopathy morbidity in able-bodied age patients

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    Manin M.V.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The analysis of structure of lumbar spine dorsopathy morbidity among able-bodied population of the Dnepropetrovsk area for substantiation of differentiated approach to the choice of exercise therapy methods was a research objective. The structure of dorsopathy morbidity in 371 patients in 2009-2013 period is analysed in the work. The paper presents analysis of the most frequent morphological changes in the structures of the spine, their localization and clinical course. Link of clinical manifestations of dorsopathy with structural changes of the backbone, the disease experience is revealed, efficiency of rehabilitation by means of physiotherapy exercises depending on qualitative and quantitative signs of disease is defined. Results of the research specify that more than 40% of patients were on repeated treatment, clinical manifestation in 62% of patients was observed at the most able-bodied age (from 30 to 50 years, according to the disease experience number of aggravations per a year increased, in 57,5% of cases administration of medical physical culture was limited due to development of an accompanying pathology, in 40% of cases against positive dynamics of painful syndrome insufficient changes in volume of movements of the spine segments throughout treatment were marked. It testifies to necessity of working out algorithm of differentiated approach to the choice of means medical physical culture in treatment of lumbar spine dorsopathy.

  16. The impact of workers' compensation on outcomes of surgical and nonoperative therapy for patients with a lumbar disc herniation: SPORT.

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    Atlas, Steven J; Tosteson, Tor D; Blood, Emily A; Skinner, Jonathan S; Pransky, Glenn S; Weinstein, James N

    2010-01-01

    Prospective randomized and observational cohorts. To compare outcomes of patients with and without workers' compensation who had surgical and nonoperative treatment for a lumbar intervertebral disc herniation (IDH). Few studies have examined the association between worker's compensation and outcomes of surgical and nonoperative treatment. Patients with at least 6 weeks of sciatica and a lumbar IDH were enrolled in either a randomized trial or observational cohort at 13 US spine centers. Patients were categorized as workers' compensation or nonworkers' compensation based on baseline disability compensation and work status. Treatment was usual nonoperative care or surgical discectomy. Outcomes included pain, functional impairment, satisfaction and work/disability status at 6 weeks, 3, 6, 12, and 24 months. Combining randomized and observational cohorts, 113 patients with workers' compensation and 811 patients without were followed for 2 years. There were significant improvements in pain, function, and satisfaction with both surgical and nonoperative treatment in both groups. In the nonworkers' compensation group, there was a clinically and statistically significant advantage for surgery at 3 months that remained significant at 2 years. However, in the workers' compensation group, the benefit of surgery diminished with time; at 2 years no significant advantage was seen for surgery in any outcome (treatment difference for SF-36 bodily pain [-5.9; 95% CI: -16.7-4.9] and physical function [5.0; 95% CI: -4.9-15]). Surgical treatment was not associated with better work or disability outcomes in either group. Patients with a lumbar IDH improved substantially with both surgical and nonoperative treatment. However, there was no added benefit associated with surgical treatment for patients with workers' compensation at 2 years while those in the nonworkers' compensation group had significantly greater improvement with surgical treatment.

  17. RESULTS OF TREATMENT OF ACUTE LUMBAR DISC HERNIATION WITH TRANSFORAMINAL NERVE ROOT BLOCK

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    EMILIANO NEVES VIALLE

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objective: To determine the efficacy of anesthetic transforaminal nerve root block in patients with sciatica secondary to lumbar