Contralateral radiculopathy after transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion.


Journal Article

Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) is an effective treatment for patients with degenerative spondylolisthesis and degenerative disc disease. Opposite side radiculopathy after the TLIF procedure has been recognized in this institution but has not been addressed in the literature. We present a case of opposite side radiculopathy after the TLIF procedure. We believe that this complication is related to asymptomatic stenosis on the contralateral side that is unmasked by the increased lordosis of the TLIF. The authors recommend increasing both disc height and foraminal height when choosing an interbody graft, and possibly decompressing the opposite foramen when preoperative MRI demonstrates foraminal stenosis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hunt, T; Shen, FH; Shaffrey, CI; Arlet, V

Published Date

  • December 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 Suppl 3 /

Start / End Page

  • 311 - 314

PubMed ID

  • 17487514

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17487514

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1432-0932

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s00586-007-0387-x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Germany