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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 1973;2(1): 112-115.
Nerve-Root Anomalies in Lumbar Disc Surgery.
Kyung Soo Park, Maeng Ki Cho, Myong Sun Moon, Kil Soo Choi, Bo Sung Sim
Department of Neurosurgery, Seoul National University, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
ABSTRACT
A 44-year-old Korea woman was admitted to our department on March 5, 1973 with complaints of low back pain and radiating leg pain on the right side which have persisted for past 4 years. Howeve , the patient had a history of radiating leg pain on the left side about 8 years ago. Physical examination revealed paravertebral muscle spasm on both sides, limited backward bending, normal straight leg raising test, decreased ankle jerk on both sides and mild sensory change in the right L5 dermatome. Plain radiograms of the lumbar spine showed decreased normal lumbar lordosis and narrowing of L4-5 and L5-S1 interspaces. Myelogram demonstrated partial obstruction by marked bilateral indentation filling defect at L4-5 level, narrowing of dye column below that level, and abnormal root sleeves. Under the impression of herniated L4-5 intervertebral disc, total laminectomies of the 4th and 5th lumbar vertebrae were performed and found relatively hypertrophic limagentum flavum and bilaterally conjoined roots commonly originating from dural sac. Following decompression that would was closed routinely. Postoperatively all symptoms were improved.
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