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Table 1 Patient characteristics (n = 61)

From: Assessment of nerve involvement in the lumbar spine: agreement between magnetic resonance imaging, physical examination and pain drawing findings

  Median or %
Basic characteristics  
Age, years (range) 60 (27-80)
Gender, % females 49
Length, cm (range) 173 (155-195)
Weight, kg (range) 80 (52-115)
Body mass index (range) 26 (20-40)
Born in Sweden, % 75
Current smoker, % 23
Believes MRI diagnose*, % 100
Desires operation†, % 85
Discomfort in low back region
Debut, years ago (range) 14 (0-50)
Presently, % 89
Duration <3 months, % 21
Duration 3-12 months, % 23
Duration 1-2 years, % 8
Duration > 2 years, % 48
Discomfort into leg‡/foot region
Presently, % 56
Duration <3 months, % 23
Duration 3-12 months, % 25
Duration 1-2 years, % 8
Duration > 2 years, % 44
  1. * MRI will present explanation to their discomfort
  2. † If MRI show surgical treatable explanation
  3. ‡ Below the buttock