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TitleThe intradiscal failure pressure on porcine lumbar intervertebral discs: an experimental approach
Author(s)Araújo, Ângelo Rafael Gomes
Peixinho, Nuno
Pinho, A. C. Marques
Claro, José Carlos Pimenta
Issue date2015
PublisherCopernicus Publications
JournalMechanical Sciences
Abstract(s)The intervertebral disc is submitted to complex loading during its normal daily activities which are responsible for variations of the hydrostatic pressure in its structure. Thus, the determination of the magnitude of failure hydrostatic pressure is essential as a potential for the evaluation of the mechanisms that promote the weakening and the disruption of the annular fibers, commonly linked to herniation process on the spine column. However, few studies include the determination of the failure pressure on discs and the results are widely contradictory. Therefore, the objective of the present work is to determine the values of IDP that promotes the disc disruption. To achieve this goal, the tests were performed using a hydraulic cylinder that inflates the intervertebral disc. The results revealed a mean pressure failure of 0.62 +/- 0.08MPa for lumbar porcine samples (n = 6). From this approach it can be concluded that (1) the potential for disc injury may exist at low pressures for lumbar porcine discs when compared several animal and human ones; (2) the rupture of human cervical and porcine lumbar annular fibers could occur for values of intradiscal pressure that are within the physiological range.
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