Neural compression due to osteochondral fragments: A report of two cases and review of the literature

F. Todd Wetzel, Scott C. Wilson, Bernard L. Manale, Elizabeth Frauenhoffer

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Compression of neural elements by the herniated inter- vertebral disc is well described. Disease of the interverte- bral disc represents an anatomic continuum ranging from internal disc derangement to extrusion.32 The herniated disc in continuity seldom requires surgical decompression13, 31; when surgery is required, such herniations may respond to volume-reducing measures such as chemonu-cleolysis4, 5’18, 24, 27 or percutaneous discectomy.11<11'17'16 The extruded or free fragment, however, is not amenable to these measures, and if symptomatic, requires open laminectomy for removal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1259-1264
Number of pages6
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1992


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology

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