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RELATION OF THE FASCIA LATA TO CONDITIONS IN THE LOWER PART OF THE BACK

FRANK R. OBER, M.D.
JAMA. 1937;109(8):554-558. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780340010004.
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The object of this paper is to show what has been learned to date from the results of fasciotomy on patients with lame back and sciatic pain. Early in the winter a general questionnaire was sent out to the members of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and others asking them to send in the number of patients operated on by them and the results obtained and to make any comments on their observations. Forty-one reports were received, giving data on 340 cases. To these are added seventy-five reports from the clinic with which I am associated, making a total of 415 cases from which to draw conclusions. Of the 415 patients, eighty-four (21 per cent) obtained no relief, seventeen (4 per cent) showed only partial relief and 314 (75 per cent) had complete relief. The symptoms were relieved immediately or after intervals up to one year. The average time

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