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Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 1988 Sep;70(5):307-10.

Unilateral lumbar facet joint hypertrophy causing nerve root irritation.

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Spinal Research Unit, Harlow Wood Orthopaedic Hospital, Mansfield.

Abstract

We present four cases of massive unilateral lumbar facet joint hypertrophy in an otherwise morphologically normal spine. All presented with a combination of low back pain and symptoms of entrapment of a single lumbar nerve root. The abnormality is best visualised by CT scanning and the results of surgical decompression by partial undercutting facetectomy are favourable.

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3190129
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PMC2498839
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