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Lumbar disc herniations can cause low back and leg pain, resulting in significant disability and pain. Lumbar disc herniations consist of 5 general subtypes: bulging discs, focal protrusions, broad-based protrusions, extrusions, and sequestration. Sequestrations, also referred to as free fragments, are pieces of nucleus pulposus and/or annulus fibrosus material that have separated from the disc. Sequestrations have a prevalence of 1.7-3% and are defined as free fragments of the nucleus pulposus and annulus fibrosus that separate from the intervertebral disc. Previous research has demonstrated that sequestered disc herniations have greater spontaneous regression of the disc material in comparison to smaller disc herniations, despite being generally considered as more severe in nature.
The purpose of this prospective cohort study is to evaluate the clinical outcomes and radiological changes on MRI in patients who had surgery compared to conservative treatment for sequestered lumbar disc herniations.
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This paper was published in Medical Principles and Practice (2021) and this Review is posted in Recent Reviews, Lumbar Spine - Disc & Neurological and the 2021 Archive.
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