Failed back syndrome

Last revised by Dr Henry Knipe on 01 Aug 2018

Failed back syndrome refers to persistent leg and/or lumbar back pain after a surgical procedure. The pathophysiology of this syndrome is complex, as often the operation was technically successful. 

Terminology

Other names for failed back syndrome include failed back surgery syndrome, post-laminectomy syndrome, or post-surgical spine syndrome.

Pathology

Etiology

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: scar around left S1 nerve root
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  • Case 2: arachnoiditis
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  • Case 3: scar around right S1 nerve root
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