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Asian Journal of Pain 2016;2(1):37-39.
DOI:    Published online April 30, 2016.
Epiduroscopic Excision of a Discal Cyst Using the 1414 nm Nd : YAG Laser
Farid Yudoyono1,2, Dong Ah Shin2, Keung Nyun Kim2, Do Heum Yoon2
1Department of Neurosurgery, Spine and Spinal Cord Research Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
2Department of Neurosurgery, Hasan Sadikin Hospital, Padjadjaran University, College of Medicine, Bandung, Jawa Barat, Indonesia
Correspondence:  Dong Ah Shin, Tel: 82-2-2228-2150, Fax: 82-2-393-9979, 
Laser ablation has become an important procedure in neurosurgery. It not only allows for precise dissection, but also offers excellent hemostasis and minimizes edema following surgery. The Nd : YAG laser has been developed and used to resect spinal lesions. We present the case of a 46-year-old man who experienced left leg pain due to a discal cyst at the L4–5 level. The patient underwent epiduroscopic laser ablation using the 1414 nm Nd : YAG laser. The discal cyst was successfully removed, with symptom resolution. Epiduroscopic laser ablation may be a good alternative to open surgery in the case of discal cysts.
Key Words: Discal cyst; Epiduroscopic; Laser ablation.
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