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Review Questions 

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Review Questions
Author(s):

David Seiden

and Siobhan A. Corbett

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199846085.003.0016
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date: 01 December 2020

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1. Why are herniations of the nucleus pulposus usually in a posterolateral direction?

The anulus fibrosus is thinner posteriorly than anteriorly, so it is easier to herniate through the posterior portion of the disk. However, the posterior longitudinal ligament reinforces the disk in the posterior midline. Therefore, the posterolateral direction is most common for herniation....

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