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Diagnostic testing for degenerative disc disease.

Hasz MW - Adv Orthop (2012)

Bottom Line: The diagnostic of degenerative disc disease should be reached with the help of various diagnostic studies.This article briefly review the information gained by the following tests: radiographs, computed tomography, magnetic resonance, and discography.The article explains how each modality provides a piece of the diagnostic puzzle and how discography confirms the origin of the patient's pain.

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Affiliation: Virginia Spine Institute, 1831 Wiehle Avenue, 2d Floor, Reston, VA 20190, USA.

ABSTRACT
The diagnostic of degenerative disc disease should be reached with the help of various diagnostic studies. This article briefly review the information gained by the following tests: radiographs, computed tomography, magnetic resonance, and discography. The article explains how each modality provides a piece of the diagnostic puzzle and how discography confirms the origin of the patient's pain.

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Lumbar X-rays. Standing lateral, flexion, and extension views. Disc degeneration suggested by vacuum disc (on extension) and osteophyte formation.
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fig4: Lumbar X-rays. Standing lateral, flexion, and extension views. Disc degeneration suggested by vacuum disc (on extension) and osteophyte formation.

Mentions: Further suggestion of degenerative disc disease along the degenerative cascade would lead toward the formation of osteophytes along the edges of the endplates, narrowing of the disc space height, increased sclerosis along the endplates at the disc segment level, and possible osteophytes or sclerosis of the facet joints. In conjunction with the loss of disc space height, the foramina can be observed to narrow on the lateral and oblique studies [3] Toward the end of the degenerative cascade, a vacuum disc element can frequently be observed [4] (Figure 4).


Diagnostic testing for degenerative disc disease.

Hasz MW - Adv Orthop (2012)

Lumbar X-rays. Standing lateral, flexion, and extension views. Disc degeneration suggested by vacuum disc (on extension) and osteophyte formation.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig4: Lumbar X-rays. Standing lateral, flexion, and extension views. Disc degeneration suggested by vacuum disc (on extension) and osteophyte formation.
Mentions: Further suggestion of degenerative disc disease along the degenerative cascade would lead toward the formation of osteophytes along the edges of the endplates, narrowing of the disc space height, increased sclerosis along the endplates at the disc segment level, and possible osteophytes or sclerosis of the facet joints. In conjunction with the loss of disc space height, the foramina can be observed to narrow on the lateral and oblique studies [3] Toward the end of the degenerative cascade, a vacuum disc element can frequently be observed [4] (Figure 4).

Bottom Line: The diagnostic of degenerative disc disease should be reached with the help of various diagnostic studies.This article briefly review the information gained by the following tests: radiographs, computed tomography, magnetic resonance, and discography.The article explains how each modality provides a piece of the diagnostic puzzle and how discography confirms the origin of the patient's pain.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Virginia Spine Institute, 1831 Wiehle Avenue, 2d Floor, Reston, VA 20190, USA.

ABSTRACT
The diagnostic of degenerative disc disease should be reached with the help of various diagnostic studies. This article briefly review the information gained by the following tests: radiographs, computed tomography, magnetic resonance, and discography. The article explains how each modality provides a piece of the diagnostic puzzle and how discography confirms the origin of the patient's pain.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus