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  1. 2023;7;53-58 A Unique Cause of Sacral Radiculopathy After Minimally Invasive Sacroiliac Joint Fusion: A Case Report
    Case Report
    Jordan Norris, BS, Nathan Esplin, MD, Rosh Bharthi, BS, Daniel Altman, MD, and Nestor d. Tomycz, MD.

BACKGROUND: New technologies for sacroiliac joint fusion (SIJF) have demonstrated improvements in pain and function. Sacral radiculopathy is a reported complication. We present a unique case of S1 radiculopathy after lateral transiliac minimally invasive SIJF. The patient provided Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant consent for the inclusion of their clinical information in this report.

CASE REPORT: A 40-year-old woman with SI joint dysfunction underwent right-sided SIJF. She reported resolution of her preoperative symptoms but developed new pain radiating to the leg. A revision procedure provided initial relief, but her pain returned. Further imaging demonstrated displaced bone, rather than a misplaced implant, causing a narrowed S1 foramen. An open S1 foraminotomy was performed to further decompress the foramen, improving symptoms, allowing her to return to her previous activity level.

CONCLUSION: This case describes a previously unrecognized cause of S1 radiculopathy after minimally invasive SI fusion and supports open foraminotomy with neuronavigation as a potential method for treatment.

KEY WORDS: Case report, chronic pain, complications, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, sacroiliac joint fusion