What is a Lumbar disc Herniation?

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A disc herniation is produced in the lumbar area when an intervertebral disc degenerates and deteriorates and the internal nucleus leaks towards a weakened part situated in the area outside the disc.  

If the herniation is voluminous and compresses all the nerves around it, it can lead to a cauda equine or horse-tail syndrome, which is a surgical emergency. 

In the majority of cases, this pain lessens after a conservative treatment without surgery. However, surgery will be required by 10% of patients. 

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José Poblete Carrizo
Salvador Fuster

Published: 29 October 2019
Updated: 29 October 2019

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