Differential diagnosis of low back pain

What is the differential diagnosis of low back pain? 

The most common alternate diagnoses include

  • focal hip pathology,
  • vertebral compression fractures,
  • metastasis from malignancy,
  • ankylosing spondylitis, and
  • vertebral osteomyelitis

Rare causes of low back pain include

  • abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • pelvic disorders,
  • abdominal visceral pathology, and
  • other neuropathic disorders like inflammatory polyneuropathies or mononeuropathies

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