A thoracolumbar epidural hematoma simulating a disc syndrome

Srdjan Mirkovic*, Michelle Melany

*Corresponding author for this work

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Epidural hematoma, a rare entity, may occur spontaneously, although a factor such as anticoagulation therapy is more frequently the cause. Epidural hematomas most commonly manifest with pain and neurologic deficit. Only six cases of lumbar hematoma simulating a herniated disc syndrome have been reported in the literature. In this article a thorough knowledge of the natural history and the differential diagnosis of disc disease as well as the importance of a complete physical examination are emphasized. Sagittal MRI imaging, as shown here, has proved to be an important adjunct in the evaluation of multilevel spinal disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-115
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Spinal Disorders
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992


  • Disc herniation
  • Epidural hematoma
  • Femoral stretch test
  • MRI imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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