Journal article

CT morphometry of adult thoracic intervertebral discs

Justin GR Fletcher, Mark D Stringer, Christopher A Briggs, Tilman M Davies, Stephanie J Woodley

European Spine Journal | SPRINGER | Published : 2015

Abstract

PURPOSE: Despite being commonly affected by degenerative disorders, there are few data on normal thoracic intervertebral disc dimensions. A morphometric analysis of adult thoracic intervertebral discs was, therefore, undertaken. METHODS: Archival computed tomography scans of 128 recently deceased individuals (70 males, 58 females, 20-79 years) with no known spinal pathology were analysed to determine thoracic disc morphometry and variations with disc level, sex and age. Reliability was assessed by intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs). RESULTS: Anterior and posterior intervertebral disc heights and axial dimensions were significantly greater in men (anterior disc height 4.0±1.4 vs 3.6±1..

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