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Lumbar disc extrusion on CT

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon

Presentation

Acute back pain and right sciatica

Patient Data

Age: 45
Gender: Male
CT

Large descending right sided L4-5 disc extrusion which fills the subarticular recess and compresses the traversing right L5 nerve root. 

Case Discussion

Although MRI is far better in the assessment of disc herniation, modern CT with soft tissue algorithm can often identify large protrusions and extrusions such as in this case. 

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Case information

rID: 54064
Published: 21st Jun 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Spine
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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