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“Young” Lumbar Spinal Stenotic: Review of 268 Patients Younger Than 51 Years

LaBan, Myron M. MD, MMSc; Imas, Alexander MD

American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: January 2003 - Volume 82 - Issue 1 - pp 69-71
Brief Report: Demographics

LaBan MM, Imas A: “Young” lumbar spinal stenotic: Review of 268 patients younger than 51 years. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2003;82:69–71.

Historically, most patients with the lumbar spinal stenosis have been older than 66 yr when initially diagnosed; however, with a growing awareness of this entity, it is increasingly being identified at an earlier age. A 5-yr retrospective review of hospital records was initiated to determine the frequency of lumbar spinal stenosis in a population of patients of <51 yr of age. Of 2751 patients admitted with this diagnosis, 268 (9.8%) were <51 yr of age.

From the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan.

All correspondence and requests for reprints should be addressed to Myron M. Laban, MD, MMSc, William Beaumont Hospital, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 3601 West 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073-6769.

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.