July 1967

Extruded Thoracic Intervertebral Disk

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Division of Neurosurgery, Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York.

Arch Surg. 1967;95(1):135-137. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1967.01330130137027

EXTRUSION of an intervertebral disk is a common occurrence in the cervical and lumbar regions of the spine. With the exception of one report, insofar as the author is aware, it is mentioned infrequently in the literature dealing with herniated disks in the thoracic spine. To call attention to the fact that extruded disks in this region do occur and that a good result may follow simple removal of the extruded fragment, the following case is reported.

Report of a Case  A 55-year-old brewery worker (MH 145886) was hospitalized on Oct 10, 1963, because of weakness and numbness of his lower extremities. On Sept 10, 1963, while at work, he slipped striking his back. Nine days later severe pain developed in his back and following a bowel movement, he was unable to arise from the toilet seat. At this time too, shocklike pain was felt in both lower limbs. Within

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