Postoperative scar around S1 nerve root

Case contributed by Frank Gaillard
Diagnosis certain


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

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male
  • Note: This case has been tagged as "legacy" as it no longer meets image preparation and/or other case publication guidelines.

Pre- and post-contrast MRI demonstrates the S1 nerve root to be surrounded 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 herniation.

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