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An Unusual Case of Nerve Root Compression by Intradiscal Gas Pseudocyst of the Lumbar Spine
  1. H Yasuoka, Orthopaedic Surgeon,
  2. Col O Nemoto, Chief of Orthopaedics,
  3. M Kawaguti, Orthopaedic Surgeon,
  4. S Naitou, Orthopaedic Surgeon,
  5. K Yamamoto, Orthopaedic Surgeon and
  6. Y Ukegawa, Chief of General Medicine3
  1. 3all from Self Defense Force (SDF) Central Hospital, 1-2-24 Ikejiri, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
  1. Self Defense Force (SDF) Central Hospital, 1-2-24 Ikejiri, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN drsamusio{at}world.ocn.ne.jp

Abstract

An Intradiscal gas collection, referred to as the vacuumdisc phenomenon (VDP) is a relatively common finding on radiographic studies of the lumbar spine, whereas gas-containing lumbar disc hernia is rarely observed. We report a case of a patient with left leg pain, provoked by a radiographically and surgically documented L4-5 gas containing disc hernia.

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