Role of MRI in acute lower back pain

Muthanna Medical Journal
Volume 4, Issue 2, December 2017, Pages 147-156
http://dx.doi.org/10.18081/2410-4590/2017-147-156

Research Article

Najat Adel Hashim¹, Raad Jawad Kadhim²

* Correspondence author: Najat.hashim@qu.edu.iq
¹University of Al-Qadissiyah/ College of Medicine/Department of surgery/Al-Diwaniyah
²University of Al-Qadissiyah/ College of Medicine/Department of surgery/Al-Diwaniyah
Received 20 June 2017, Accepted 30 August 2017, Available online 27 August 2017
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Abstract

A group of 501 patient who referred unit from orthopedic were subjected to MRI  examination and the MRI results were evaluated.  All patients with radicular pain,  neurological signs or traumatic patients were excluded from this study. A 501 patients complain from acute lower back pain , mean age 33.49+8.38 range (20-70),  229 (46%)  male and 272 (54%)  female, in combined MRI finding with age of patients, we  found  large number  of patient have  disk prolapsed  (191), with mean age 36.50, while patient with normal MRI or just muscles spasm were mean age (31.79), so the MRI not effect in outcome of young patient (below 31 years old ) with a lower back pain. In conclusion; lumbo-sacral MRI exam have minimal effect in outcome of young patient with acute lower back pain (less than 3wks).

Key words: Acute low back pain; Magnetic resonance imaging

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