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Revista Brasileira de Ortopedia
Print version ISSN 0102-3616
ZYLBERSZTEJN, Sérgio et al. Degenerative stenosis of the lumbar spine. Rev. bras. ortop. [online]. 2012, vol.47, n.3, pp.286-291. ISSN 0102-3616. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-36162012000300002.
This paper presents an update on degenerative stenosis of the lumbar spine, which is a common pathological condition among patients over the age of 65 years. The anamnesis and physical examination need to be precise, since radiography often only provides indirect signs. Magnetic resonance imaging is necessary if the symptoms persist. The treatment for lumbar stenosis is a matter of controversy. However, there seems to be some benefit from surgical treatment rather than conservative treatment, such that surgery brings improvements in symptoms and functions for a period of up to two years.
Keywords : Spine [pathogy]; Spine [radiography]; Spinal Stenosis.