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A retrospective cohort study on the significance of preoperative radiological evaluation of lumbar degenerative diseases for surgical reference – Lumbar Fusion

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This article presents the findings of a cohort study that analyzed the impact of evaluating preoperative X-rays on the surgical management of patients with lumbar degenerative diseases (LDD). The study reviewed 49 patients who underwent single-level posterior instrumented lumbar fusion (PILF). Various measurements were taken on preoperative radiographs, including the median iliac angle, iliac crest height, intervertebral facet joint degeneration, lumbosacral angle, L5/S1 intervertebral space angle, intervertebral foramen height, and intervertebral space height. Correlation analysis revealed that the height of iliac crest, median iliac angle, and intervertebral facet joint degeneration were significantly correlated with surgical management. The study concludes that these measurements in plain film can reflect the surgical procedure and provide guidance for the operation

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CONCLUSIONS: Some variables measured in radiograph shows that height of iliac crest, median iliac angle and intervertebral facet joint degeneration have a potential influence on surgical managements. The lumbosacral angle was positively associated with surgical management, but it was not statistically significant in multiple linear regression analysis (P>0.05). The above measurements in plain film can reflect the surgical procedure and have some guiding implications for the operation.

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Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2023 Aug 1;13(8):5100-5108. doi: 10.21037/qims-22-1414. Epub 2023 Jun 9.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: Radiography has low radiation exposure and the ability to acquire information. Due to its cost-effectiveness and availability, preoperative radiographic imaging examination is considered to be a valuable method to evaluate the condition of patients with spinal disease. The aim of this cohort,

Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2023 Aug 1;13(8):5100-5108. doi: 10.21037/qims-22-1414. Epub 2023 Jun 9.

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BACKGROUND: Radiography has low radiation exposure and the ability to acquire information. Due to its cost-effectiveness and availability, preoperative radiographic imaging examination is considered to be a valuable method to evaluate the condition of patients with spinal disease. The aim of this cohort study is to analyze the impact of evaluating preoperative X-rays on the surgical management of lumbar degenerative diseases (LDD).

METHODS: We reviewed 49 patients with LDD underwent single-level posterior instrumented lumbar fusion (PILF) between November 2017 and October 2022 in this cohort study. The median iliac angle (MIA), iliac crest height, intervertebral facet joint degeneration, lumbosacral angle (LSA), L5/S1 intervertebral space angle (ISA), intervertebral foramen height (IFH) and intervertebral space height (ISH) were measured on preoperative radiographs. In addition, operative time, intraoperative blood loss and postoperative complications were used to evaluate the surgical management. Correlation analysis was used to determine the correlation between preoperative radiographic presentation and surgical managements. Multivariate linear regression analysis was used for determination of risk factors for surgical management.

RESULTS: Correlation analysis showed that the median iliac angle, height of iliac crest, lumbosacral angle and intervertebral facet joint degeneration were significantly correlated with surgical managements (P<0.05). Height of iliac crest, intervertebral facet joint degeneration and lumbosacral angle were positively correlated with surgical management. Meanwhile, MIA was negatively correlated with surgical management. No significant difference was found between the IFH, ISA, ISH and surgical managements in posterior lumbar surgery (P>0.05). After multiple linear regression analysis, height of iliac crest, median iliac angle and intervertebral facet joint degeneration were independent influence factors for the single-level lumbar surgical managements.

CONCLUSIONS: Some variables measured in radiograph shows that height of iliac crest, median iliac angle and intervertebral facet joint degeneration have a potential influence on surgical managements. The lumbosacral angle was positively associated with surgical management, but it was not statistically significant in multiple linear regression analysis (P>0.05). The above measurements in plain film can reflect the surgical procedure and have some guiding implications for the operation.

PMID:37581089 | PMC:PMC10423347 | DOI:10.21037/qims-22-1414

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