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07-APRIL-2013 AFAF YOUNIS ABU-JUDEH 41 YEARS
EXTRUDED RECURRENT DISC L4-5 WITH LEFT DOWNWARD MIGRATION.
The patient came
to the clinic 04-April-2013 in agonizing LBP
with left sciatica the last 3 days with positive
cough sign. The patient underwent discectomy
L5-S1 1999 for for left sciatica and 2003 for
MRI lumbar spine done 04-April-2013 showing huge
extruded recurrent disc L4-5 with left downward
On examination: The patient is limping. She
cannot stand to evaluate the scoliotic stance,
nor normally sleep for proper clinical
evaluation. SLRS was 80 degrees in the right and
5 degrees with shooting pain in the left. Almost
drop left foot with weak planterflexion left
foot 3/5. Weak dorsiflexion right foot 4/5 with
analgesia of the left L5 territory and
hypalgesia of the left S1 territory.
Left L4-5 hemiflavotomy with
left L5 root foraminotomy. The huge extruded
disc material was removed from under the axilla
in one big piece. Left side cleaning of the L4-5
Routine closure of the wound.
Smooth postoperative recovery.
There is still an estimated postoperative
recurrence rate around 7% because the disc space
of L4-5 still not shallow.
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