Postoperative scar around S1 nerve root

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Frank Gaillard


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

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male

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.

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Case information

rID: 7413
Published: 30th Oct 2009
Last edited: 30th May 2020
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included