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J Neurosurg. 1990 Feb;72(2):282-4.

Nerve root compression by herniated intradiscal gas. Case report.

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Department of Neurosurgery, University of Tennessee, Memphis.

Abstract

Intervertebral disc degeneration of any etiology may be associated with the formation of spaces or clefts within the disc. Gas collects within these spaces and can be seen roentgenographically. A case is presented in which intradiscal gas herniated into a connective tissue capsule, displacing the left S-1 nerve root and producing symptoms and signs identical to those of a herniated nucleus pulposus. The pathophysiology of gas within a disc space and the possibility that it may herniate much like the nucleus pulposus is discussed.

PMID:
2295923
DOI:
10.3171/jns.1990.72.2.0282
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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