Case contributed by Assoc Prof Frank Gaillard


Previous spinal surgery. Ongoing back and lower limb pain.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Female

MRI demonstrates characteristic appearances of arachnoiditis with an empty theca sign (cauda equina nerve roots are adherent to the margins of the dura and clumped). 

Case Discussion

Arachnoiditis is an important feature to seek in all spines, particularly those with a prior history of surgery or infection. 

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Case information

rID: 14055
Published: 20th Jun 2011
Last edited: 26th Aug 2020
Tag: spine
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