Lumbar intervertebral foramen


The Lumbar intervertebral foramen can be narrowed further by characteristic changes in the facet joints such as synovial cysts, osteoarthritis, or hypertrophy of articular processes

Previous studies have reported position-dependent changes of the lumbar intervertebral foramen (LIVF) dimensions at different static flexion-extension postures.

Human lumbar foramen dimensions show segment-dependent characteristics during the dynamic weight-lifting activity 1).

Atsushi et al pointed out that the dimensions of the intervertebral foramen changed constantly during daily activity, and symptoms in patients with spinal stenosis are therefore aggravated or relieved by the posture of their lumbar spine 2).

Narrowing of the disc space significantly reduces the vertical diameter of the foramen but has no significant effects on its sagittal dimensions. In contrast, the sagittal dimensions of the foramen are strictly related to the sagittal diameter of the spinal canal and the pedicle length. These results suggest that in patients with developmental or combined stenosis of the central spinal canal, a concomitant foraminal stenosis is likely to be present, or at least should be suspected 3).

Interspinous process devices modify the surface area of the interspinous foramina in vitro. Clinical studies are needed to clarify patient selection criteria for interspinous process device implantation 4).

For degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis, usage of interbody cage is more effective in terms of recovery of intervertebral space and foraminal height compared with usage of bone graft. However it brings no better clinical efficacy while the usage of autogenous morselized bone is more cost-effective. Two grafting methods yield similar overall clinical outcomes 5).

Anterior lumbar interbody fusion results in significant indirect foraminal decompression 6).

Zhong W, Driscoll SJ, Tsai TY, Wang S, Mao H, Cha TD, Wood KB, Li G. In-vivo Dynamic Changes of Dimensions in the Lumbar Intervertebral Foramen. Spine J. 2015 Mar 19. pii: S1529-9430(15)00267-3. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2015.03.015. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25797808.
Fujiwara A, An HS, Lim TH, Haughton VM: Morphologic changes in the lumbar intervertebral foramen due to flexion- extension, lateral bending, and axial rotation: An invitro anatomic and biomechanical study. Spine 26:876-882, 2001
Cinotti G, De Santis P, Nofroni I, Postacchini F. Stenosis of lumbar intervertebral foramen: anatomic study on predisposing factors. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2002 Feb 1;27(3):223-9. PubMed PMID: 11805682.
Hirsch C, Breque C, Ragot S, Pascal-Mousselard H, Richer JP, Scepi M, Khiami F. Biomechanical study of dynamic changes in L4-L5 foramen surface area in flexion and extension after implantation of four interspinous process devices. Orthop Traumatol Surg Res. 2015 Feb 23. pii: S1877-0568(15)00040-7. doi: 10.1016/j.otsr.2014.11.016. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25736197.
Liu P, Liu X, Qiao X, Du W, Luo D, Zheng X. [Comparison of clinical efficacies of single segment transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion with cage versus autogenous morselized bone for degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis: a prospective randomized controlled study]. Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi. 2014 Sep 23;94(35):2731-5. Chinese. PubMed PMID: 25533977.
Rao PJ, Maharaj MM, Phan K, Lakshan Abeygunasekara M, Mobbs RJ. Indirect foraminal decompression after anterior lumbar interbody fusion: a prospective radiographic study using a new pedicle-to-pedicle technique. Spine J. 2014 Dec 25. pii: S1529-9430(14)01875-0. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2014.12.019. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25543011.
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