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09-SEPTEMBER-2013 HAFEZ KHATTAB AL-HAMAYLEH 49
YEARS EXTRUDED DISC L4-5 WITH LEFT DOWNWARD MIGRATION.
The patient came to the clinic 07-September-2013
complaining of LBP with left sciatica for 3 months down to
all toes left
foot with numbness. He is a known diabetic with
glucophage 500 mg once a day. He is under
treatment for Mediterranean fever with
colchecine for 9 years.
MRI of the lumbar spine performed 17-July-2013
showing extruded disc L4-5 with
left downward migration and foraminal occlusion.
On examination: the patient is
limping with exaggerated scoliotic stance. There
is weak dorsiflexion left foot -3/5. SLRS was
70 degrees in the left without pain, and 30
degrees in the right with pain. There is
hypalgesia left L5 and S1 territories.
Using C-arm, the level of
L4-5 identified. L4-5 flavotomy with left L5
foraminotomy was done. The extruded disc was
removed lateral to the axilla of the right L5
root. Left sided cleaning L4-5 disc space. The
downward migrating extrusion was removed at the
end of surgery.
recovery. The power of the left foot
The patient still have an estimated
postoperative recurrence around 7% because the
disc space height still not shallow.
The SLRS was negative at the side and positive
at the contra-lateral side.
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