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Postoperative scar around S1 nerve root

Case contributed by Dr Frank Gaillard


Recent L5/S1 hemilaminectomy and discectomy with persistent left S1 nerve root symptoms.

Patient Data:

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male
Modality: MRI

Pre and post contrast MRI demonstrates the S1 nerve root to be enhanced by enhancing scar tissue.

Case Discussion:

This is a good demonstration of the need for contrast in the post operative spine to distinguish scar from recurrent disc.

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