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Abnormal MRI of the Lumbar Spine without Back Pain 

Abnormal MRI of the Lumbar Spine without Back Pain
Abnormal MRI of the Lumbar Spine without Back Pain

Christoph I. Lee

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date: 30 July 2021

This chapter, found in the back pain section of the book, provides a succinct synopsis of a key study examining incidental findings on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the lumbar spine in patients without back pain. This summary outlines the study methodology and design, major results, limitations and criticisms, related studies and additional information, and clinical implications. The study showed that many people without back pain have disk bulges or protrusions on imaging of the lumbar spine, but that these findings are frequently coincidental and should not necessarily lead to further tests or interventions. In addition to outlining the most salient features of the study, a clinical vignette and imaging example are included in order to provide relevant clinical context.

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