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Researchers develop new anatomically based classification for diagnosing cervical spinal stenosis
Date:3/19/2013

Researchers found a statistically significant number of patients on whom spinal decompression was recommended in higher grades, with 83 percent in Grade 2, 95 percent in grade 3, and 100 percent (44/44) in grade 4.

The result is a new anatomically-based, clinically validated classification of cervical stenosis that aids the surgical decision-making process and allows for swift diagnosis and the most urgent surgical intervention for those with symptomatic Grade 2-4 stenosis. Patients with lower grade stenosis are first recommended and often better suited for nonsurgical treatment.

"It is our hope that this study allows for a more complete diagnosis, improves the accuracy of research and aids in improving communication regarding the severity of patients' conditions," adds Radcliff.


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Contact: Lee-Ann Landis
leeann.landis@jefferson.edu
215-459-2092
Thomas Jefferson University
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