Acute low back pain radiating to the leg

Body Region: Musculoskeletal
Author: Birgit Ertl-Wagner, MD, Munich, Germany

1. Patient presentation
2. CT Images
3. CT Findings
4. Diagnosis
5. References


1. Patient presentation

  • A 53-year-old man presented to the emergency room with acute lower back pain and radiculopathy.
  • He had been suffering from recurring lower back pain for several months. However, this time the
    pain was more severe and radiated to the left leg.

  • The pain got worse when the patient coughed or sneezed.
  • Non-enhanced CT of the lumbar spine was done.

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