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Type: Journal article
Title: Human osseous intervertebral foramen width
Author: Ruhli, F.
Muntener, M.
Henneberg, M.
Citation: American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 2006; 129(2):177-188
Publisher: Wiley-Liss
Issue Date: 2006
ISSN: 0002-9483
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F.J. Rühli, M. Müntener, and M. Henneberg
Abstract: Alterations of the width of the human intervertebral foramen can play a pathophysiological role in low back pain. Osseous dimensions of the human intervertebral foramen are rarely recorded. Therefore, we present reference data obtained from skeletal samples of known lifestyle, population affinity, sex, and age at death. Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar vertebrae of functional transition zones of 71 macroscopically normal spines from early 19th century AD Swiss burial sites were selected. The intervertebral foramen widths (IFW) were analyzed with respect to possible lateralization and the impact of sex, individual age, and stature. Neither a significant side difference nor a correlation of IFW with individual age or stature could be found. Females show somewhat larger IFW than males, especially in the lumbar region. Data comparisons with earlier studies are limited due to methodological differences and possible interpopulational variations. Furthermore, the osseous intervertebral foramen only reveals a glimpse of the clinically relevant in vivo structure. Nevertheless, more focus on the osseous dimensions of the intervertebral foramen will provide baseline data of this important anatomical landmark. These data could also explore the peculiarities of the intervertebral foramen, such as its reverse sex dimorphism.
Keywords: anatomy
Description: Published in American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 2006; 129 (2):177-188 at
DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.20263
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