Home > Journals > Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences > Past Issues > Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2016 September;60(3) > Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2016 September;60(3):345-9



Publishing options
To subscribe
Submit an article
Recommend to your librarian


Cite this article as



Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2016 September;60(3):345-9


language: English

The role of stenosis ratio as a predictor of surgical satisfaction in patients with lumbar spinal canal stenosis: a receiver-operator characteristic (ROC) curve analysis

Hassanreza R. MOHAMMADI 1, Parisa AZIMI 1, Edward C. BENZEL 2, Sohrab SHAHZADI 1, Shirzad AZHARI 1

1 Department of Neurosurgery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; 2 Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Department of Neurosurgery, Cleveland, OH, USA


BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to elucidate independent factors that predict surgical satisfaction in lumbar spinal canal stenosis (LSCS) patients.
METHODS: Patients who underwent surgery were grouped based on the age, gender, duration of symptoms, walking distance, Neurogenic Claudication Outcome Score (NCOS) and the stenosis ratio (SR) described by Lurencin. We recorded on 2-year patient satisfaction using standardized measure. The optimal cut-off points in SR, NCOS and walking distance for predicting surgical satisfaction were estimated from sensitivity and specificity calculations and receiver operator characteristic (ROC) curves.
RESULTS: One hundred fifty consecutive patients (51 male, 99 female, mean age 62.4±10.9 years) were followed up for 34±13 months (range 24-49). One, two, three and four level stenosis was observed in 10.7%, 39.3%, 36.0 % and 14.0% of patients, respectively. Post-surgical satisfaction was 78.5% at the 2 years follow up. In ROC curve analysis, the asymptotic significance is less than 0.05 in SR and the optimal cut-off value of SR to predict worsening surgical satisfaction was measured as more than 0.52, with 85.4% sensitivity and 77.4% specificity (AUC 0.798, 95% CI 0.73-0.90; P<0.01).
CONCLUSIONS: The present study suggests that the SR, with a cut-off set a 0.52 cross-sectional area, may be superior to walking distance and NCOS in patients with degenerative lumbar stenosis considered for surgical treatment. Using a ROC curve analysis, a radiological feature, the SR, demonstrated superiority in predicting patient satisfaction, compared to functional and clinical characteristics such as walking distance and NCOS.

top of page