Quality of life, clinical and neurophysiological picture in patients operated on for lumbar stenosis.

P. Caliandro, L. Aulisa, R. Padua, I. Aprile, G. Mastantuoni, O. Mazza, P. Tonali, L. Padua

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BACKGROUND: In lumbar stenosis (LS) patients, clinical, neuroradiological and neurophysiological findings were not related to validated measurements of the outcomes that are more relevant to patients such as functional status and symptoms. METHOD: We have retrospectively studied 30 patients surgically treated for LS. We have evaluated the patients by means of self-administered questionnaires (SF-36), clinical examination, and neuroradiological and neurophysiological measurements and we have registered preoperative and follow-up clinical and neurophysiological findings. Finally we evaluated the relations between patient-oriented data and validated conventional clinical and neurophysiological measurements. FINDINGS: The comparison between pre- and post-operative clinical picture showed an improvement of most parameters tested. The comparison between pre- and post-operative neurophysiological picture revealed worsening of most tested parameters. The comparison between the current sample and the Italian normative data for the SF-36 showed a worsening of physical aspects of health related quality of life; conversely there was an improvement of some mental domains. CONCLUSIONS: In our sample of LS patients the most compromised SF-36 domain was Role-Physical that measures the difficulty in every-day activities due to physical problems. Conversely, the clinical findings showed a significant improvement after surgery: patients reported in particular lower sciatica after surgical treatment, but the neurophysiological evaluation did not show any improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-146
Number of pages4
JournalActa Neurochirurgica, Supplement
Publication statusPublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Clinical Neurology


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