Reevaluation of Discograms Not Classified Into Usual Classifications

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Discograms of images that were eccentrically dyed because of insufficient infiltration of contrast medium are difficult to classify into the usual past discogram patterns. In this study, these types of images were detected in 40 discs of 36 patients with lumbar disc disease. We classified these images into the following three types, and analyzed the dye mechanisms in each case by computed tomography discographic findings: (1) type A (image of the annulus fibrosus only). Nine discs in nine cases. A part of the marginal annulus fibrosus was dyed. (2) type B (image of the right or left half of the nucleus pulposus). Eighteen discs in 15 cases. Unilateral dyeing was considered nucleus pulposus existing in the central region of the disc. (3) type C (partial image of the superior or inferior half of the nucleus pulposus). Thirteen discs in 12 cases. Only the superior or inferior half showing a cotton-ball pattern was dyed.

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