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New cause of spinal stenosis found

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Dr. Kim Young Uk, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, his team has newly discovered the fact that the cause of spinal stenosis is hypertrophy of the articular processes.

A team of Professor Dr. Kim Young Uk recently confirmed that the cause of spinal stenosis was hypertrophy of the supraarticular protrusion through a research paper entitled “Optimal Cut-Off Value of the Superior Articular Process Area as a Morphological Parameter to Predict Lumbar Foraminal Stenosis”

 The team measured the accuracy of the diagnosis based on the area of ??the articular surface by comparing the lumbar spine MRI (MRI) of 137 patients with spinal stenosis and 167 normal subjects. According to the results of the test, the sensitivity and specificity, which are the indexes for selecting the patients, were measured as 84.4% and 83.9%, respectively. Professor Kim, Young-Uk said, "This study is meaningful because it revealed objectively that hypertrophy of the joint space is one of the main causes of various spinal stenosis. It is expected that a new chapter of spinal stenosis diagnosis will be opened. "

The study was published at the European Pain Society conference in the Netherlands last year and was published in January in the journal Pain Research and Management.



Prof. Kim, Young Uk

Practice Areas Pain clinic, Chronic pain diseases, spinal and joint problems, headache, neuralgia after herpes zoster, various neuropathic pain, postoperative pain, neurosurgery anesthesia, general surgery anesthesia

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