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Abnormal Lumbar Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Asymptomatic Individuals

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Author(s): Filiz Acar Sivas | Deniz Cılız | Uğur Erel | Esra Erkol İnal | Kürşat Özoran | Bülent Sakman

Journal: Türkiye Fiziksel Tıp ve Rehabilitasyon Dergisi
ISSN 1302-0234

Volume: 55;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 73;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: MRI | asymptomatic individuals | low back pain

ABSTRACT
Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the abnormal findings on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of lumbar spine in asymptomatic subjects. Materials and Methods: The study included 48 asymptomatic individuals and 27 patients who had already been suffering from low back pain. All participants underwent routine blood analyses and bilateral lumbosacral roentgenograms were taken. In all participants, lumbar MRI scans were performed through L1-S1 intervertebral disc spaces.Results: The mean age of asymptomatic individuals was 25.5±3.5 years, while of the patient group it was 26±2.9 years. In asymptomatic individuals, after lumbar MRI, disc degeneration in at least one intervertebral disc level, annular tear, endplate abnormality, disc bulging, and disc protrusion were detected in 33.3%, 16.6%, 4.16%, 6.25%, and 27% of cases, respectively. When compared with the patient group, only the difference in the disc bulging ratio (25.92%) was significantly higher (p
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