Journal of the Iowa State Medical Society
1937, Volume 27, number 4, pages 154-6.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Iowa
Of a series of 120 patients with coccygodynia seen on the orthopedic service at the State University of Iowa during the last twelve years, 73 have details adequate to determine an end result. This resume deals with the latter group, 49 being treated by coccygectomy, and 24 receiving conservative treatment in the form of physiotherapy, back support, dietary measures, or no treatment whatever.
Of the 24 treated conservatively, 5 (21%) had complete relief, 13 (54%) had an improvement and 6 (25%) had no relief.
Of the 49 treated by surgery, 27 (55%) had complete relief, 27 (27%) had an improvement and 96 (18%) had no relief.
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