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Observations on the natural history of massive lumbar disc herniation

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital NHS Trust, Oswestry, England, United Kingdom
The Bone & Joint Journal (Impact Factor: 2.8). 07/2007; 89(6):782-4. DOI: 10.1302/0301-620X.89B6.18712
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ABSTRACT We have treated 15 patients with massive lumbar disc herniations non-operatively. Repeat MR scanning after a mean 24 months (5 to 56) showed a dramatic resolution of the herniation in 14 patients. No patient developed a cauda equina syndrome. We suggest that this condition may be more benign than previously thought.

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