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ISSLS Prize winner: Long-term follow-up suggests spinal fusion is associated with increased adjacent segment disc degeneration but without influence on clinical outcome: results of a combined follow-up from 4 randomized controlled trials.

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STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis of long-term follow-up (LTFU) data from 4 randomized controlled trials of operative versus nonoperative treatment for chronic low back pain. OBJECTIVE: To examine the influence of spinal fusion on adjacent segment disc space height as an indicator of disc degeneration at LTFU. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: There is ongoing debate as to whether adjacent segment disc degeneration results from the increased mechanical stress of fusion. METHODS: Plain standing...

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Publisher:
Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
Journal:
Spine
Volume:
39
Issue:
17
Pages:
1373-1383
Publication date:
2014-08-01
DOI:
EISSN:
1528-1159
ISSN:
0362-2436
Source identifiers:
465822
Language:
English
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Deposit date:
2014-06-16

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