Tandem age-related lumbar and cervical intervertebral disc changes in asymptomatic subjects

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Purpose To investigate the frequency of tandem lumbar and cervical intervertebral disc degeneration in asymptomatic subjects. Methods We evaluated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) results from 94 volunteers (48 men and 46 women; mean age 48 years) for age-related intervertebral disc degeneration in the lumbar and cervical spine. Results MRI indicated degenerative changes in the lumbar spine in 79 subjects (84 %), with decreased disc signal intensity in 74.5 %, posterior disc protrusion in 78.7 %, anterior compression of the dura in 81.9 %, disc space narrowing in 21.3 %, and spinal canal stenosis in 12.8 %. These findings were more common in older subjects at caudal levels. MRI showed degenerative changes in both the lumbar and cervical spine in 78.7 % of the volunteers. Conclusions Degenerative findings in both the lumbar and cervical spine, suggesting tandem disc degeneration, was common in asymptomatic subjects. These results provide normative data for evaluating patients with degenerative lumbar and cervical disc diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)708-713
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Spine Journal
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Apr

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Keywords

  • Asymptomatic subjects
  • Cervical spine
  • Disc degeneration
  • Lumbar spine
  • MRI

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  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Tandem age-related lumbar and cervical intervertebral disc changes in asymptomatic subjects. / Matsumoto, Morio; Okada, Eijiro; Toyama, Yoshiaki; Fujiwara, Hirokazu; Momoshima, Suketaka; Takahata, Takeshi.

In: European Spine Journal, Vol. 22, No. 4, 04.2013, p. 708-713.

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