Association between annular tears and disk degeneration: a longitudinal study.

@article{Sharma2009AssociationBA,
  title={Association between annular tears and disk degeneration: a longitudinal study.},
  author={A Sharma and Thomas K. Pilgram and Franz J. Wippold},
  journal={AJNR. American journal of neuroradiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={30 3},
  pages={500-6}
}
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Annular tears and nuclear degeneration often occur concurrently, but their temporal association remains unknown. The purpose of this study was to assess whether annular tears precede nuclear degeneration and whether the evolution of nuclear degeneration is affected by presence of annular tears. MATERIALS AND METHODS From our radiology report data base, 46 patients with back pain were identified, each with 2 previously obtained lumbar spine MR imaging examinations in the… CONTINUE READING

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