Severe Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Degeneration Is Associated with Modic Changes and Fatty Infiltration in the Paraspinal Muscles at all Lumbar Levels, Except for L1-L2: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of 50 Symptomatic Women and 50 Age-Matched Symptomatic Men

Ozcan-Eksi E. E. , EKŞİ M. Ş. , Akcal M. A.

WORLD NEUROSURGERY, vol.122, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 122
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.10.229
  • Title of Journal : WORLD NEUROSURGERY


BACKGROUND: Low back pain is a common public health problem associated with lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration. It is still unclear, however, whether intervertebral disc degeneration is an isolated process or accompanied by other degenerative events. We analyzed whether disc degeneration was associated with vertebral end-plate changes and fatty infiltration in the paraspinal muscles. We also aimed to identify whether the severity of disc degeneration influenced this association.