Bilateral thoracic disc herniation with abdominal wall paresis: a case report

Vicki Marie Butenschoen, Lisa Hoenikl, Marcus Deschauer, Bernhard Meyer, Jens Gempt

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We present a rare case of a patient initially presenting with unilateral abdominal wall bulging and radicular pain caused by a lateral disc herniation at Th11/12, later suffering from a hernia recurrence with bilateral disc prolapse and motor deficits. The patient underwent sequesterectomy via a right hemilaminectomy at Th11, and after 8 weeks, a bilateral sequesterectomy with semirigid fusion Th11/12 was performed. Unilateral motor deficits at the thoracic level have been discussed in case reports; a bilateral disc protrusion with abdominal wall bulging occurring as a recurrent disc herniation has never been described before.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2055-2059
Number of pages5
JournalActa Neurochirurgica
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Disc herniation
  • Motor deficit
  • Thoracic spine


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