Spontaneous regression of lumbar disc herniation after weight loss: Case report

Tokmak M., Baltepe Altiok I., Guven M., Aras A. B., Cosar M.

Turkish Neurosurgery, vol.25, no.4, pp.657-661, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.5137/1019-5149.jtn.9183-13.1
  • Journal Name: Turkish Neurosurgery
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.657-661
  • Keywords: Conservative management, Lumbar disc, Disc herniation, Discectomy
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Diagnosis, treatment, and surgery for lumbar disc herniations have existed for over a century. However, during the last three decades, there have been many new developments in imaging techniques, surgical procedures, physical medicine, and rehabilitation. In light of this, the most effective and appropriate treatment is controversial. Spontaneous regression of sequestrated, extruded, or protruded disc herniation has often been reported in the literature, although it is still a rare phenomenon. After a thorough review of the literature, we did not find any case report about this phenomenon after weight loss. In this report, though, we present a recent case about spontaneous regression of extruded disc herniation following weight loss.