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Vol. 43, No. 2, 2007
Issue release date: February 2007
Section title: Review
Pediatr Neurosurg 2007;43:77–81
(DOI:10.1159/000098377)

Lumbar Disc Herniation in Adolescence

Ozgen S. · Konya D. · Toktas O.Z. · Dagcinar A. · Ozek M.M.
Department of Neurosurgery, Marmara University Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey

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Article / Publication Details

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Abstract of Review

Received: 1/17/2006
Accepted: 7/19/2006
Published online: 3/1/2007

Number of Print Pages: 5
Number of Figures: 2
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 1016-2291 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0305 (Online)

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Abstract

Lumbar disc herniation very rarely occurs in adolescence. The aim of this study was to assess the radiological, clinical and surgical features and case outcomes for adolescents with lumbar disc herniation, and to compare with adult cases. The cases of 17 adolescents (7 girls and 10 boys, age range 13–17 years) who were surgically treated for lumbar disc herniation in our clinic between 1998 and 2003 were retrospectively reviewed. The mean follow-up time for these cases was 60 months. The collected histories revealed that 14 (82%) of the 17 cases involved trauma or intense sports activity. Low back pain was the most common complaint (15 cases, 88%). None of the 17 patients had major symptoms during follow-up, and most were engaged in intense sports or heavy work-related activities during this period. The main features of lumbar disc herniation in adolescents are different from those seen in adults. Careful assessment is vital to avoid misdiagnosis and prevent undesirable results from inappropriate surgery. When surgery is indicated and patients are carefully selected, the results of lumbar discectomy in adolescence can be satisfactory.


  

Author Contacts

Deniz Konya, MD
Acibadem Cad. Ibrahimaga Kon.
A6 Blok D:23
TR–34660 Kadikoy/Istanbul (Turkey)
Tel. +90 533 735 1293, E-Mail drdkonya@hotmail.com

  

Article Information

Received: January 17, 2006
Accepted after revision: July 19, 2006
Number of Print Pages : 5
Number of Figures : 2, Number of Tables : 2, Number of References : 30

  

Publication Details

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Vol. 43, No. 2, Year 2007 (Cover Date: February 2007)

Journal Editor: Frim, D.M. (Chicago, Ill.)
ISSN: 1016–2291 (print), 1423–0305 (Online)

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Review

Received: 1/17/2006
Accepted: 7/19/2006
Published online: 3/1/2007

Number of Print Pages: 5
Number of Figures: 2
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 1016-2291 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0305 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PNE


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