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CT-guided Percutaneous Laser Disc Decompression (PLDD): prospective clinical outcome
Author(s): Hugues G. Brat; Tarik Bouziane; Jean Lambert; Luisa Divano
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Paper Abstract

Percutaneous Laser Disc Decompression (PLDD) is a minimal invasive and effective treatment for contained lumbar disc hernias with correspondent radicular pain. This prospective study evaluates clinical efficacy of patients treated with PLDD under CT-fluoroscopic guidance. An independent observer assessed clinical outcome in a series of 40 consecutive patients at a mean follow-up of 7.5 months after treatment. According to Mac Nab criteria, 80% of patients experienced a good response to PLDD, 12.5% a fair response and 7.5% a poor response. 37 patients (92.5%) were back at work after 3 weeks. This technique could represent an alternative and secure treatment to conventional surgery for contained disc hernias.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5610, Laser Florence 2003: A Window on the Laser Medicine World, (10 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.584332
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Hugues G. Brat, Ctr. Hospitalier Univ. Ambroise Pare (Belgium)
Tarik Bouziane, Clinique Notre Dame (Belgium)
Jean Lambert, Ctr. Hospitalier Univ. Ambroise Pare (Belgium)
Luisa Divano, Ctr. Hospitalier Univ. Ambroise Pare (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5610:
Laser Florence 2003: A Window on the Laser Medicine World
Leonardo Longo; Alfons G. Hofstetter; Mihail-Lucian Pascu; Wilhelm R. A. Waidelich, Editor(s)

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