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The vertebral end-plate: what do we know?


The vertebral end-plate ¶is critical for maintaining the health of the intervertebral disc. This ¶paper reviews the literature that relates to end-plate structure and development and describes how disc integrity is affected by changes ¶associated with pathology and ¶aging. A range of studies, including biomechanical, biochemical, ¶surgical and histological is discussed to illustrate the important role of the end-plate in spinal function.

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Received: 18 November 1999/Accepted: 10 December 1999

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Moore, R. The vertebral end-plate: what do we know?. E Spine J 9, 92–96 (2000).

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  • Key words Spine
  • Intervertebral disc
  • End-plate
  • Disc degeneration