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2022 Dec 26

Acta Radiol

Intervertebral vacuum phenomenon – prevalence and severity CT-scan analysis in patients older than 50 years: a retrospective cohort study.


Camino-Willhuber G, Vildoza S, Martinez E, Canestrari L, Holc F, Oh M, Bhatia N, Lee Y-P, Bianchi H, Bendersky M
Acta Radiol. 2022 Dec 26:2841851221146666.
PMID: 36571150.


Chronic low back pain secondary to degenerative changes in the spine is a common cause of disability, and disc degeneration is one of the most frequent imaging findings. Intervertebral vacuum phenomenon (IVP) is usually observed in advanced degeneration. Recently, this phenomenon has gained interest due to a relatively new surgical technique called percutaneous discoplasty, aimed at treating low back pain secondary to degenerative disc disease in elderly patients.