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Revue du rhumatisme
Volume 68, n° 7
pages 638-642 (juillet 2001)
Received : 8 June 2000 ;  accepted : 7 February 2001
IRM à trois semaines d'une cure chirurgicale de hernie discale : aspect trompeur de récidive herniaire avec prise de contraste radiculaire
Magnetic resonance imaging three weeks after discectomy: misleading appearance of recurrent herniation, with nerve root enhancement.

Bruno  Randoux 1 * ,  Philippe  Page 2 ,  Éric  Méary 1 ,  Daniel  Frédy 1 ,  Jean-François  Méder 1
1Service de neuroradiologie, hôpital Sainte-Anne, 1, rue Cabanis, 75674 Paris cedex 14, France 
2service de neurochirurgie, hôpital Sainte-Anne, 1, rue Cabanis, 75674 Paris cedex 14, France 

*Correspondance et tirés à part

Nous rapportons l'observation d'un patient présentant une lombosciatalgie L5 droite récidivant trois semaines après la cure chirurgicale d'une hernie discale L4-L5 droite. L'imagerie par résonance magnétique (IRM) a révélé un aspect évocateur de récidive de hernie discale, avec prise de contraste de la racine L5 droite. Cette observation permet de discuter ces deux aspects et de rappeler les pièges d'une imagerie trop précoce après intervention.

Mots clés  : chirurgie ; disque intervertébral ; IRM ; prise de contraste radiculaire.


A patient with right-sided L5 sciatica and low back pain experienced a symptom recurrence three weeks after surgical removal of a right-sided L4-L5 disk herniation magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was suggestive of recurrent disk herniation and showed enhancement of the right L5 root. This case emphasizes the difficulties met in interpreting imaging studies done too early after surgery.

Mots clés  : intervertebral discs ; MRI ; gadolinium ; nerve root enhancement ; surgery.

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