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Intradural disc herniation: how I do it

Mar 12, 2018 | Magazine: Acta Neurochirurgica

Rodrigo V (1), Claramonte M (2), Martín M (2), Calatayud JB (2).

1 Department of Neurosurgery, Hospital Clínico Universitario Lozano Blesa, C/San Juan Bosco 15, 50009, Zaragoza, Spain.
2 Department of Neurosurgery, Hospital Clínico Universitario Lozano Blesa, C/San Juan Bosco 15, 50009, Zaragoza, Spain.


BACKGROUND:
Intradural disc herniation is a rare phenomenon in spine surgery. Diagnosis is difficult despite current neuroradiologic imaging techniques.

METHOD:
We present a case of a 59-year-old man with lumbar and radicular pain and a recurrent lumbar herniation. A laminectomy was performed after no clear disc herniation in the epidural space was found and an intradural mass was palpable. A durotomy showed an intradural disc fragment that was removed, followed by an arthrodesis.

CONCLUSION:
Only intraoperative findings lead to a definitive diagnosis for intradural herniation. A durotomy needs to be performed. In this case, an arthrodesis was necessary to avoid complications of segmental instability.

CITATION  Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2018 May;160(5):945-947. doi: 10.1007/s00701-018-3510-3. Epub 2018 Mar 12

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