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NAHILA AHMAD AL-JILANY 56 YEARS EXTRUDED DISC L4-5 WITH SEVERE COMPRESSION
OF LEFT L5 ROOT.
came to the clinic 25-January-2011 complaining
of LBP with left sciatica for 2 months without
spine performed 03-January-2011 showing extruded
disc L4-5 with severe compression of the left L5
examination: The patient is walking with
help, limping with exaggerated scoliotic stance
with agonizing pain. She has weak dorsi
and planterflexion left foot -3/5. SLRS was 5
degrees in the left with pain. There is
analgesia of the left L5 root territory.
Left L5 foraminotomy with partial flavotomy of
L4-5 was done. The left L5 root was severely
compressed. The extruded disc was removed
lateral to the axilla and left sided cleaning of
L4-5 disc space was achieved. Some fragments of
the extrusion were removed from under the
closure of the wound. Smooth postoperative
recovery with normalization of the power of left
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The disc space height is
slightly shallow, which indicate the small
possibility of disc recurrence.
So as to avoid mechanical trauma to the
already compressed root, partial intradiscal decompression
was performed to decrease the pressure applied to the root,
before removing the extrusion.
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