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When is discectomy indicated for lumbar disc disease?

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Title: When is discectomy indicated for lumbar disc disease?
Author: Young, Kisha; Brown, Rhett; Kaufmann, Leonora; Mounsey, Anne L.
Keywords: leg pain
Date: 2011-08
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Citation: Journal of Family Practice, 60(8) 2011: 490+.
Abstract: Emergent discectomy is indicated in the presence of cauda equina and severe, progressive neuromotor deficits (strength of recommendation [SOR]: C, expert opinion). Elective discectomy for sciatica caused by lumbar disc disease provides faster relief of symptoms than conservative management, but long-term outcomes are equivalent (SOR: A, a systematic review and randomized controlled trial [RCT]).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/11370

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