||Lumbar nerve root compression and interstitial
cystitis--response to decompressive surgery.
||Gillespie L; Bray R; Levin N; Delamarter R
||An identifiable lumbar nerve root compression
appears to cause urological dysfunction consistent with interstitial cystitis.
Ten patients (9 females, 1 male) were evaluated for chronic pelvic pain.
Cystoscopic and histological appearances were consistent with a diagnosis
of interstitial cystitis. Magnetic resonance studies of the lower spine
consistently demonstrated a lateral compression of the L5 dorsal nerve root.
Decompression of the lateral foramina of L5 resulted in immediate relief
of pain in 9 patients, who have been followed up for 6 months without a
recurrence. Possible mechanisms involving sympathetic dystrophy of the pelvic
plexus are reviewed.
||Br J Urol 1991 Oct;68(4):361-4