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A PROSPECTIVE RANDOMIZED TRIAL OF CHEMONUCLEOLYSIS AND CONVENTIONAL DISK SURGERY IN SINGLE LEVEL LUMBAR-DISK HERNIATION

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MURALIKUTTAN, KP, HAMILTON, A, Kernohan, George, MOLLAN, RAB and ADAIR, IV (1992) A PROSPECTIVE RANDOMIZED TRIAL OF CHEMONUCLEOLYSIS AND CONVENTIONAL DISK SURGERY IN SINGLE LEVEL LUMBAR-DISK HERNIATION. SPINE, 17 (4). pp. 381-387. [Journal article]

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Abstract

The role of chemonucleolysis as an alternative to disc surgery is still disputed. The authors conducted a prospective randomized controlled trial of chemonucleolysis and conventional disc surgery involving 92 patients with L4-5 or L5-S1 disc herniation who failed to respond to conservative treatment. There were 46 patients in each group, matched for demographic, clinical characteristics, and co-interventions. Independent examiners assessed patients before treatment, at 6 weeks after, 3 months after, and 1 year after treatment. A comprehensive method of outcome assessment involving physiological outcome, functional outcome, cost outcome, and psychological outcome was employed. Nine chemonucleolysis patients and one disc surgery patient required additional surgery for failure of initial treatment (P < 0.02). The outcomes at 6 weeks and at 3 months were better in the surgical group, but at 1 year the differences were not significant. The authors conclude that chemonucleolysis as a minimally invasive technique produces inferior short-term results and offers no advantage over conventional discectomy.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Managing Chronic Illness
ID Code:1297
Deposited By:Professor George Kernohan
Deposited On:17 Feb 2011 15:26
Last Modified:13 Apr 2011 15:05

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