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Observations on the natural history of massive lumbar disc herniation

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We have treated 15 patients with massive lumbar disc herniations non-operatively. Repeat MR scanning after a mean 24 months (5 to 56) showed a dramatic resolution of the herniation in 14 patients. No patient developed a cauda equina syndrome.

We suggest that this condition may be more benign than previously thought.

Correspondence should be sent to Miss G. L. Cribb; e-mail: gcribb@hotmail.com

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