Adjacent segment degeneration and adjacent segment disease: the consequences of spinal fusion?

@article{Hilibrand2004AdjacentSD,
  title={Adjacent segment degeneration and adjacent segment disease: the consequences of spinal fusion?},
  author={Alan S. Hilibrand and Matthew Robbins},
  journal={The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society},
  year={2004},
  volume={4 6 Suppl},
  pages={190S-194S}
}
Given the number of spinal fusions performed annually, concerns have mounted over the potential for adjacent segment degeneration (radiographic changes of degeneration at levels adjacent to a spinal fusion) and adjacent segment disease (development of new symptoms correlating with adjacent segment degeneration). This article reviews documented evidence on adjacent segment degeneration and disease as it relates to cervical and lumbar arthrodesis. There appears to be an incidence of adjacent… CONTINUE READING
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