Two-year outcome comparison of decompression in 14 lipomatosis cases with 169 degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis cases: a Swiss prospective multicenter cohort study.

Nils H Ulrich, Isaac Gravestock, Sebastian Winklhofer, Iliya Peyneshki, Maria M. Wertli, Giuseppe Pichierri, Tamás F Fekete, François Porchet, Mazda Farshad, Johann Steurer & Jakob M Burgstaller
PURPOSE Spinal epidural lipomatosis (SEL) is defined as an abnormal and extensive accumulation of unencapsulated adipose tissue within the spinal epidural space. To date, there is a lack of high-level evidence studies reporting the outcome of surgical treatment of symptomatic SEL in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS). The aim was to compare clinical outcomes in patients with symptomatic LSS with and without SEL who underwent decompression surgery alone at the 12- and 24-month follow-up....
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