Jian Song, Hongli Wang, Xiaosheng Ma
To explore value of different radiographic indexes in the diagnosis of discogenic low back pain (LBP). A total number of 120 cases (60 patients diagnosed with discogenic LBP and 60 healthy people) were retrospectively analysed to identify factors in the diagnosis of discogenic LBP by using univariate and multivariate analyses. A receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve was drew to show the predictive accuracy of the finally enrolled factors. Among all the included patients, 60 were strictly admitted in the discogenic LBP group while the other 60 were enrolled in the control group. Five results shows significant differences between discogenic LBP and control groups, including Cobb angle, lumbar stability, height of the disc, Modic change and High intense zone (HIZ) based on the results of univariate analysis; lumbar stability, Modic change and HIZ show high value in the diagnosis of lumbar discogenic pain based on the multivariate logistic analysis.The ROC curve shows that good diagnostic accuracy was obtained from the enrolled diagnostic factors including lumbar stability (Angular motion, more than 14.35°), Modic change and HIZ.