What Is a Myelopathy?

By james
Reviewed: Dr. Gromatzky
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2. Prevalence

Some types of myelopathy are more common than others. Because the spinal cord ends in the top section of the lumbar spine in most people, lumbar myelopathy is extremely rare. The most common type of myelopathy is cervical myelopathy, followed by thoracic myelopathy.

Cervical myelopathy is usually degenerative, and this variety affects an estimated 41 to 605 million people in North America. People over the age of 50 are most likely to experience myelopathy, particularly if it is degenerative.


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