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Prospective cohort study
Serious pathology in people presenting to primary care with acute low back pain is rare (0.9%), but high false-positive rates for some ‘red flags’ may limit their diagnostic value

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  1. Correspondence to Robert F McLain
    Professor of Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, Lerner College of Medicine, and Director, Spine Surgery Fellowship Program, Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Desk S-40, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA; mclainr{at}ccf.org
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McLain RF
Serious pathology in people presenting to primary care with acute low back pain is rare (0.9%), but high false-positive rates for some ‘red flags’ may limit their diagnostic value

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  • First published May 1, 2010.
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May 01, 2010

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