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Operative Treatment of Lumbar Degenerative Kyphosis

  • Yoshiharu Takemitsu
  • Yuji Atsuta
  • Yuki Kamo
  • Toshihito Iwahara
  • Osamu Sugawara
  • Yoshio Harada
  • Yasumasa Miyatake

Abstract

Lumbar degenerative kyphosis (LDK) is a clinical entity in which abnormal kyphosis, including flat back, occurs in the lumbar region due to degenerative changes of the spine and supporting structures [1]. Clinical features include a kyphotic change of the lumbar spine and trunk stooping increases while walking, and in the upright posture labor is disturbed by pain and dullness in the lumbar region which disrupt daily activities. Patients cannot lift their trunk up from the prone position. Vertebral wedging and multiple disk space narrowing are commonly seen in the LDK lumbar spine. Also a characteristic atrophy of the lumbar extensors has been noted. This deformity is frequently seen among farmers who have worked in a trunk flexion position for many years. Therefore this kind of working posture is supposed to be intimately related with the development of an LDK posture, possibly through its affect on the lumbar extensors.

Keywords

Radicular Pain Posterior Fusion Posterior Decompression Anterior Fusion Lumbar Spinal Canal Stenosis 
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References

  1. 1.
    Takemitsu Y, Harada Y, Iwahara T, et al. (1988) Lumbar degenerative kyphosis: Clinical, radiological, and epidemiologic studies. Spine 13: 1317–1326PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Takemitsu Y, Atsuta Y, Harada Y, et al. (1990) Treatment of lumbar degenerative kyphosis. SICOT Congress, Montreal, Sept. 13–18Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Tokyo 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshiharu Takemitsu
  • Yuji Atsuta
  • Yuki Kamo
  • Toshihito Iwahara
  • Osamu Sugawara
  • Yoshio Harada
  • Yasumasa Miyatake
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  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryAsahikawa Medical CollegeAsahikawa, HokkaidoJapan

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