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Her Aching Bones: Atypical Parathyroid Adenoma

A radiologic investigation of lower back pain captured something unusual: multiple osteolytic lesions with fluid-fluid levels. The patient was a 34-year-old Portuguese woman of Romani ethnicity. Previously healthy, she presented to our emergency department with a 6-month history of lumbar pain. Her medical history was unremarkable aside from 2 cesarean sections and a bilateral tubal […]

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Vertebral Fractures: Clinical Importance and Management

  Vertebral fractures are the most common type of osteoporotic fracture and are associated with substantial morbidity and decreased survival. In the United States, annual direct management costs for vertebral fractures are more than $1 billion (United States dollars in 2011). Vertebral fracture, once suspected, can be confirmed by X-rays, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, or vertebral […]

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The Effect of Smoking on the Risk of Sciatica: A Meta-analysis

Smoking is a modest risk factor for lumbar radicular pain and sciatica. Smoking cessation appears to reduce, but not entirely eliminate, the excess risk. Background The role of smoking in sciatica is unknown. This study aimed to estimate the effect of smoking on lumbar radicular pain and clinically verified sciatica. Methods Comprehensive literature searches were […]

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