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Identical lumbar spinal disk pathology in twins (clinical presentation and review of literature).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18207545     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The occurrence of similar pathology in identical twins is well recognized. Spinal pathologies have been suggested to have a genetic predisposition. Degenerative lumbar spinal disease is one of them, with low back pain as one of its common presentations. CASE DESCRIPTION: We describe a case of monozygotic twins presenting with lumbar disk herniation at same level, that is, L4/L5. Both the twins underwent surgery. CONCLUSIONS: We believe such a scenario is a rare occurrence and does highlight a probable role of genetic factors, over and above the environmental factors, in lumbar disk pathology.
Jasmeet Singh Dhir; Rohit Seth; Chris Cheeseman; Jagmohan Singh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review     Date:  2008-01-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Surgical neurology     Volume:  71     ISSN:  0090-3019     ISO Abbreviation:  Surg Neurol     Publication Date:  2009 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-22     Completed Date:  2009-03-31     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0367070     Medline TA:  Surg Neurol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  250-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurosurgery, North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 7LN, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Diseases in Twins*
Intervertebral Disk Displacement / etiology,  pathology*,  surgery
Lumbar Vertebrae*
Twins, Monozygotic*

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