Lumbar spinal stenosis

Semin Neurol. 2002 Jun;22(2):157-66. doi: 10.1055/s-2002-36539.


Lumbar spinal stenosis refers to a diversity of conditions that decrease the total area of the spinal canal, lateral recesses, or neural foramina. Lumbar stenosis is a common disorder that may be present in isolation, with or without associated disk bulge or herniation, or can be associated with degenerative spondylolisthesis or scoliosis. Symptomatic lumbar spinal stenosis is characterized by neurogenic claudication and/or lumbar or sacral radiculopathy. Sixty percent to 85% of properly selected patients have a satisfactory symptomatic improvement with surgical treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cauda Equina / pathology
  • Decompression, Surgical
  • Humans
  • Intermittent Claudication / etiology
  • Intermittent Claudication / physiopathology
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes / diagnosis
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes / etiology
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes / physiopathology
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes / therapy
  • Orthopedic Procedures
  • Radiculopathy / etiology
  • Radiculopathy / physiopathology
  • Spinal Stenosis / complications
  • Spinal Stenosis / diagnosis*
  • Spinal Stenosis / physiopathology*
  • Spinal Stenosis / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome