Operation for degenerative lumbar spine disorder complicated by spinal epidural hematoma in a uremic patient

Chung Che Wu, Yueng Hsu Hsu, Yung-Hsiao Chiang

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Abstract

Clinically significant spinal epidural hematomas (SEHs) are rare in spinal surgical procedures. We present a 63-year-old female with a history of hemodialysis for 11 years who received surgical treatment because of pronounced radiculopathy caused by degenerative lumbar spine disease. The outcome of surgical decompression was satisfactory at first, but symptoms recurred four days after the operation. The symptoms were initially treated conservatively but severe back pain developed. A follow-up magnetic resonance imaging scan two weeks after the operation revealed a spinal epidural hematoma, which had compressed the thecal sac over the decompression site. The epidural hematoma was removed and the patient recovered. In this report we discuss a clinically significant subacute SEH that developed after a spinal surgical operation in a uremic patient. The mechanisms responsible for postoperative SEHs in uremic patients are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-222
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Sciences (Taiwan)
Volume26
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Spinal Epidural Hematoma
Spine
Surgical Decompression
Radiculopathy
Back Pain
Decompression
Hematoma
Renal Dialysis
Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Keywords

  • Degenerative lumbar spine disease
  • Hemodialysis
  • Spinal epidural hematoma
  • Uremia

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  • Medicine(all)

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Operation for degenerative lumbar spine disorder complicated by spinal epidural hematoma in a uremic patient. / Wu, Chung Che; Hsu, Yueng Hsu; Chiang, Yung-Hsiao.

In: Journal of Medical Sciences (Taiwan), Vol. 26, No. 6, 12.2006, p. 219-222.

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