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Abstract #1366

Cardiovascular Risk Factors for degenerative disc diseases of the thoracolumbar Spine in a Healthy General Population: Results from the KORA MRI Study

Sven Stephan Walter1, Elke Wintermeyer2, Roberto Lorbeer3, Sergios Gatidis4, Konstantin Nikolaou1, Fabian Bamberg5, and Mike Notohamiprodjo1

1Department for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Tuebingen, Tuebingen, Germany, 2Department for Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery, BG Trauma Center Tuebingen, Tuebingen, Germany, 3University Hospital Munich, Munich, Germany, 4Department for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Univeristy Hospital Tuebingen, Tuebingen, Germany, 5Radiology, University Hospital Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

Evidence has grown that disc degeneration may be influenced by cardiovascular risk factors. Thus, the purpose was to assess the association in a healthy sample from the general population. Disc degeneration as well as disc bulging and protrusion of the thoracic and lumbar spine was assessed using the Pfirrmann-score and correlated to risk factors such as obesity, hypertension and diabetes. Hypertension dependently while age and BMI independently associated with disc degeneration. Diabetes increased disc degeneration at Th7/8 and L3/4. Lifestyle conditions had no influence. In conclusion, certain cardiovascular risk factors are associated to disc degeneration and disc bulging and protrusion.

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