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Ten Year Old Fluid Deposits

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,662
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Chronic Pain
I have been diagnosed with AA from a 1992 microlumbar discetomy at L4-L5. Since I have had a 360 degree fusion and cadaver bone with hardware at L4-L5, L5-S1 in 1995. In 1999 I had the hardware removed. I just received the results of the latest MRI and my pain doctor told me that I have fluid deposits on both sides of my spine in the lumbar region. Like fluid "bags" hanging off the side of the spine. He said it is very unusual to have these 10 years post op. I have an appointment to see a neurosurgeon and I can feel them wanting to go in again to do work. I was wondering has anyone else had a similar diagnosis or heard of a similar situation.
Thank You,


  • Welcome to the board.

    I wanted to acknowledge your post, but I have to say, I have never heard of your situation. I gather you are still in pain since it was your pain doctor who read your new MRI.

    Hopefully someone else will have experience with your fluid deposits.
  • Hello Van,

    I had an MRI in Nov 2008 when my L2-3 disc broke into 3 pieces. One of the findings was "at L4-5 there is a post-operative fluid collection posterior to the posterior elements from top to bottom."
    What makes this finding odd is I had 3 level, 360 fusion from L3-S1 in 2001. I had the hardware removed about 18 months later. To be honest with you, I had forgotten about this until I read your post and I need to ask my surgeon about this on Friday. I have no idea why this fluid would be there 8 years later, but I am sure it is not right. I will let you know what he says. Please post what your NS says.

    Good Luck.

    Fused L2-3 to S1 and at C5-6. I have a central herniation @ T11-12 and multiple bulging discs in my thoracic. I also have fibromyalgia and suspected arachnoiditis, awaiting my results of a recent MRI.
  • i have had surgery to my back from t -10 to l-3. in the last surgery i had fluid since i had staph last year,. dr is going in on april 15 to redo my hardware with iliac screws. the fluid has been a real problem.they give me vancomyacin in or. this will be along day i'm the only surgery scheleald. i'm on oxycontin 60mg every 6hrs. with oxycontin 5mg break thru which i take 4 a day,zanafex q4 prn ,celebeex bid,pristiq 50 daily(a real life saver). I WILL LET YOU KNOW ABOUT FLUID AFTER SURGERY.
  • Do they know what fluid is it? It is just fluid, seroma or hematoma? MY ID doctor told me that it was better to remove it, especially when infection was involved. You don't need a spine surgery to get rid of the fluid. Mine was done in the radiology department. The radiologist placed a drain in that area and after a few days, no more fluids, and drain was removed.
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