Intravenous immunoglobulin therapy for idiopathic postoperative lumbosacral plexopathy

Dong Hyuk Park, Youn Kwan Park, Joo Han Kim

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    We report a patient who developed an acute lumbosacral plexopathy (LSP) following spinal surgery on lumbos segments. He recovered dramatically following treatment with high-dose intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg). A 66-year-old man who underwent an L4 to S1 decompressive laminectomy required re-admission after developing contralateral leg pain. Follow-up lumbosacral magnetic resonance imaging showed only mild postoperative changes. Ten days after re-admission, he developed relatively rapid onset ipsilateral inguinal pain and weakness of all his leg muscles with diminished sensation in a lumbosacral plexus distribution. Re-exploration revealed no specific lesion except for adhesions and resulted in no improvement. Following treatment with IVIg (0.4 g/kg daily) for five days, he showed dramatic resolution of motor weakness and pain. There has been no relapse following six months follow-up. Although IVIg treatment does not guarantee a positive response in all types of LSP, it should be considered for severe, rapidly progressive and even for postoperative cases.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)313-315
    Number of pages3
    JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2005 Apr


    • Intravenous immunoglobulin
    • Lumbosacral plexus neuropathy
    • Spinal surgery

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Surgery
    • Neurology
    • Clinical Neurology
    • Physiology (medical)


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