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Increasing attention to disease of the intervertebral discs has followed the demonstration by Mixter and Barr in 1933 that lumbar disc herniation could be a cause of sciatica. Today, lumbar disc disease is a common diagnosis, and the methods for its treatment vary in nature and effectiveness. An extruded fragment of a lumbar intervertebral disc can, if not treated promptly, cause severe neurologic impairment in some patients. However, most patients have pain but little or no demonstrable neurologic deficit associated with disease of the lumbar spine and its intervertebral discs, whereas some undergo multiple operations on the lumbar spine in
Lumbar Disc Disease. A Twenty-Year Clinical Follow-up Study.. Ann Intern Med. ;77:164. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-77-1-164_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;77(1):164.
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