Thoracolumbar deformity arthrodesis to L5 in adults: the fate of the L5-S1 disc.

  title={Thoracolumbar deformity arthrodesis to L5 in adults: the fate of the L5-S1 disc.},
  author={Charles C. Edwards and Keith H. Bridwell and Alpesh A. Patel and Anthony S Rinella and Yong Jung Kim and Annette B A Berra and Gregory J. Della Rocca and Lawrence G Lenke},
  volume={28 18},
STUDY DESIGN A retrospective clinical and radiographic analysis of long adult deformity fusions terminating at L5. OBJECTIVES To define the results of thoracolumbar fusions to L5 in adult deformity patients with critical evaluation for potential subsequent L5-S1 disc degeneration and L5 implant loosening. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Few studies have reported the results of long adult fusions to L5 and the potential for subsequent advanced L5-S1 disc degeneration is unknown. MATERIALS AND… CONTINUE READING


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