Bowel Perforation Following Lumbar-Disc Surgery
REPORT OF A CASE WITH A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE
ROGER A. SMITH ; M. N. ESTRIDGE

Abstract

Perforation of the bowel as a complication of surgery for herniated intervertebral disc is rare. A case is reported in which laceration of the ileum and peritonitis were confirmed by laparotomy. Disc-space infection and subsequent spontaneous interbody fusion were followed by satisfactory recovery.