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Spinal Canal Stenosis: Concept of Spinal Reserve CapacityRadiologic Measurements and Clinical Applications

Weisz, George, M.*; Lee, Paul**

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research: October 1983 - Volume 179 - Issue - p 134–140
Section II: GENERAL ORTHOPAEDICS: PDF Only
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Radiologic measurement of central spinal canal diameters is considered a static measurement and does not necessarily indicate active stenosis. A free intracanal space is detectable with CT scanning, i.e., a container/content difference expressing reserve capacity and implying a functional identity. The obliteration of this space may induce clinical symptomatology in the elderly and in persons with developmental or acquired lumbar spinal conditions. Normal and pathologic measurements are presented.

* Department of Orthopaedics, Marrickville District Hospital and St. Luke's Hospital, Sydney, Australia.

** Department of Radiology, St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Australia.

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