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J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 1998 Jan;53(1):M72-5.

Lumbar spinal stenosis in an elderly patient.

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  • 1Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The general population is aging, and lumbar stenosis is one of the more frequent conditions observed in an orthopedic or neurosurgical practice.

METHODS:

This case presentation is of an 86-year-old male who developed lumbar spinal stenosis with a progressive neurologic deficit that caused severe leg pain, affected bladder function, and affected gait. Relevant medical literature is reviewed.

RESULTS:

Bladder function and gait returned after spinal surgery, and this patient's pain was greatly reduced. A multidisciplinary team applied therapy after surgery. The medical literature does not concentrate solely upon patients older than 80, but a few are included in studies of younger patients.

CONCLUSIONS:

This case report illustrates that a patient over 80 can have a successful outcome with multidisciplinary medical coverage of medical, surgical, rehabilitative, social, and psychological areas. More studies need to be done of these patients.

PMID:
9467437
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