J Korean Orthop Assoc.  1980 Sep;15(3):409-415. 10.4055/jkoa.1980.15.3.409.

A Clinical Study of Herniated Lumbar Intervertebral Disc in Teenagers


Sixteen cases under the age of 19 were underwent surgical treatment for hernlated lumbar intervertebral disc over 10 years of period in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery,Catholic Medical College. The results were obtained as follows: 1. The incidence was 5.2% of all herniated lumbar intervertebral disc patients who treated surgically, but no sexual predilection. 2. Nine cases (56.3%) had a definite previous history of injuries. 3. Average intervals between the onset of clinical symptoms and the operation were 9.2 months. 4. Neurologic deficits are less severe and frequent (8 cases, 50%) but the clinical symptoms do not differ from than that of the adult. 5. 7 cases (43.8%) revealed definite reptured lumbar intervertebral discs and 5 cases (31.3%) are diffuse buldging of annular fibers in operative findings. 6. According to histopathological study, 8 cases show degenerative fibrocartilagenous changes in surgical specimen. 7. The radiological abnormalities of lumbar spine are less common than that of the adult. 8. Excellent or good results were found in 12 cases (75%) but two cases required a further surgical procedure. 9. In generally, hernlated Iumbar intervertebral disc in teenagers show better results and more rapid recovery of clinical symptoms by surgical treatment, and less residual symptoms than that of the adult.


Herniated lumbar intervertebral disc; Teenagers

MeSH Terms

Clinical Study*
Intervertebral Disc*
Neurologic Manifestations
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