Spontaneous regression of a herniated cervical disc in a patient with myelopathy

Case report

Jun-Hyeok Song M.D., Ph.D. 1 , Hyang-Kwon Park M.D., Ph.D. 1 , and Kyu-Man Shin M.D., Ph.D. 1
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  • 1 Department of Neurosurgery, Ewha Women's University, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
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✓ The authors present a case of spontaneous regression of a herniated cervical nucleus pulposus in a patient with myelopathy. This 37-year-old woman developed sudden quadriparesis; she had reported no history of trauma. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging revealed a large disc herniation and increased signal intensity of the cord at the C5–6 level. The extruded disc fragment was found to have resolved on follow-up MR imaging after 28 months, despite the fact that the patient had undergone no specific treatment. The patient's symptoms had subsided almost totally. This is the first case of MR-documented regression of a cervical disc herniation in a patient with myelopathy.

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Address reprint requests to: Jun-Hyeok Song, M.D., Department of Neurosurgery, Mokdong Hospital, Ewha Women's University, 911–1, Yangcheongu, Mokdong, Seoul 158–710, Korea.
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