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The Increased Prevalence of Cervical Spondylosis in Patients with Adult Thoracolumbar Spinal Deformity.
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PMID:  24901877     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
STUDY DESIGN:: Retrospective cohort study.
OBJECTIVE:: To assess the concomitance of cervical spondylosis and thoracolumbar spinal deformity.
SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA:: Patients with degenerative cervical spine disease have higher rates of degeneration in the lumbar spine. Additionally, degenerative cervical spine changes have been observed in adult patients with thoracolumbar spinal deformities. However, to our knowledge there have been no studies quantifying the association between cervical spondylosis and thoracolumbar spinal deformity in adult patients.
METHODS:: Patients seen by a spine surgeon or spine specialist at a single institution were assessed for cervical spondylosis and/or thoracolumbar spinal deformity using an administrative claims database. Spinal radiographic utilization and surgical intervention were used to infer severity of spinal disease. The relative prevalence of each spinal diagnosis was assessed in patients with and without the other diagnosis.
RESULTS:: 47,560 patients were included in this study. Cervical spondylosis occurred in 13.1% overall, but was found in 31.0% of patients with thoracolumbar spinal deformity (OR=3.27, P<0.0001). Similarly, thoracolumbar spinal deformity was found in 10.7% of patients overall, but was increased at 23.5% in patients with cervical spondylosis (OR=3.26, P<0.0001). Additionally, increasing severity of disease was associated with an increased likelihood of the other spinal diagnosis. Patients with both diagnoses were more likely to undergo both cervical (OR=3.23, P<0.0001) and thoracolumbar (OR=4.14, P<0.0001) spine fusion.
CONCLUSIONS:: Patients with cervical spondylosis or thoracolumbar spinal deformity had significantly higher rates of the other spinal diagnosis. This correlation was increased with increased severity of disease. Patients with both diagnoses were significantly more likely to have received a spine fusion. Further research is warranted to establish the cause of this correlation. Clinicians should use this information to both screen and counsel patients who present for cervical spondylosis or thoracolumbar spinal deformity.
William W Schairer; Alexandra Carrer; Michael Lu; Serena S Hu
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-6-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of spinal disorders & techniques     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1539-2465     ISO Abbreviation:  J Spinal Disord Tech     Publication Date:  2014 Jun 
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Created Date:  2014-6-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101140323     Medline TA:  J Spinal Disord Tech     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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