Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Clinical Review

Low back pain

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 06 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1119

Rapid Response:

1% of back pain caused by neoplasm?

I was surprised to see Cathy Speed stating that 1% of back pain
presenting in primary care is due to a neoplasm. In 20 years in general
practice I must have seen hundreds of cases of back pain, much less than
one in a hundred caused by a tumour. Was this a misprint?

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

13 May 2004
Robert R Smith
Galashiels Health Centre TD1 2UA