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14-NOVEMBER-2012 BASSAM TAHSEEN AL-BITAR 50 YEARS
EXTRUDED DISC L4-5 WITH RIGHT UPWARD MIGRATION.
The patient came to the clinic 11-November-2012
complaining of LBP and right sciatica for 1
MRI of the lumbar spine done 11-November-2012
showing huge extruded disc L4-5 with right
upward migration and bulge L5-S1.
On examination: the patient is limping with
exaggerated scoliotic stance. SLRS 85 degrees in
with pain. There is
weak dorsiflexion right foot 4/5.
Using image-intensifier, to
achieve approach through minimal incision, the
L4-5 level was identified. Partial right L4
hemilaminectomy with foraminotomy right L5 root.
The extruded disc L4-5 was removed lateral to
the axilla. It was necessary to incise the
posterior longitudinal ligament to expose the
far upward migrating disc so as to remove the
extrusion. 2 huge pieces came out and several
small fragments. Inspection of the right L4 root territory
to rule out remnants of any fragments. Right
sided cleaning of L4-5 disc space was achieved.
Routine closure of the wounds. Smooth
postoperative recovery. The power of the right
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The patient still has an
estimated postoperative recurrence around 7%,
because the disc space is still not shallow.
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