Adolescent disc dysplasia and back pain


Journal Article

Purpose: Adolescent disc dysplasia can be a cause of significant back pain and functional impairment in patients. We present a case series of patients inflicted with adolescent disc dysplasia (ADD). Methods: A retrospective search was performed identifying patients presenting with ADD. Radiographic studies and advanced imaging were described. We documented presenting symptoms and clinical course. Results: Six patients were identified. All patients presented with mechanical back pain, which worsened with flexion and extension. Magnetic resonance imaging was most accurate imaging modality. Conclusion: Among our patient cohort, treatment for adolescent disc dysplasia consisted of a combination of physical therapy and bracing. Neither approach proved to be very effective, with only one patient asymptomatic at follow-up. © 2010 EPOS.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Anakwenze, OA; Kancherla, V; Rendon, N; Drummond, DS

Published Date

  • January 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 49 - 53

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1863-2548

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1863-2521

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11832-010-0302-6

Citation Source

  • Scopus