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Spontaneous regression of traumatic lumbar epidural hematomas

Serdal Albayrak, Ibrahim Burak Atcı, Omer Ayden, Emre Durdağ

Am J Case Rep 2012; 13:258-261

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.883520


Background:    The aim of this report is to present a case of spontaneous regression of traumatic lumbar epidural hematomas.
    Case Report:    A 45-year-old man presented at our clinic after falling from a height. After admission, anterior compression was detected by X-ray, so lumbar spinal CT was performed. For ligament damage, emergency MR was performed. There was acute hematoma at 1 cm diameter, which began at the L3 vertebra superior surface and spread to L4 vertebra corpus; therefore the patient was informed and surgery recommended. The patient rejected the surgery, and medical management was designed. At day 45, lumbar MRI was performed. There was no evidence of traumatic epidural hematoma.
    Conclusions:    The purpose of this study is to report a case with post-traumatic spinal epidural hematomas with normal neurologic findings and spontaneous regression.

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