J Korean Orthop Assoc.  1976 Mar;11(1):11-18. 10.4055/jkoa.1976.11.1.11.

The Lumbar Discogram Incidental to the Operation: Analysis of 35 Cases


Since the time when the lumbar discogram was used as the clinical diagnostic method for the first time in 1952, many problems have been pointed out to this method, and moreover, in presentday tendencies for the diagnostic method, the lumbar discogram is carried on even useless by majority. One of the important reasons is that so many studies for the lumbar discograms have reported so many false positive lumbar discograms at the high ratio. Hower we found a certain usefulness of the lumbar discogram incidental to the operation. The purposes of our operative lumbar discogram are those; 1) to observe the radiological configuration of the lumbar discogram. 2) to measure the amount of the the dye injected into normal and abnormal lumbar discs, especially in our Koreans. 3) for confirmation of the diagnosis when the myelographic finding is suspicious. 4) for confirmation of the Ievel especially when the number of the possible lesion is more than one. We investigated and analyzed the 35 lumbar discograms of 26 patients and compiled the statistics.

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