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Mismatch between spinal MRI and symptoms of sciatica

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1716 (Published 20 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1716

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine is a poor diagnostic test for people with sciatica that persists or recurs after treatment. Scan results bore little relation to symptoms in one study from the Netherlands, and a linked …

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