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Case Reports in Radiology
Volume 2012, Article ID 127124, 4 pages
Case Report

Pseudoaneurysm of Lumbar Artery following a Vertebral Biopsy: A Case Report

1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Shin-Suma Hospital, Kobe 654-0047, Japan
2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, 5-7-2 Kusunoki-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0047, Japan

Received 8 November 2011; Accepted 4 December 2011

Academic Editors: P. E. Andersen and L. Lampmann

Copyright © 2012 Yutaka Mifune et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A 74-year-old man developed a severe low back pain and a fever. In the initial examinations, a collapse of the L5 anterosuperior vertebral body and narrowing of the L4/5 disc space were identified on radiographs, and the laboratory data showed inflammatory results. A computed tomography (CT) and a magnetic resonance imaging showed collapse of L5. A needle biopsy was performed to make a diagnosis; however, an abdominal pain and a hypotension appeared after the biopsy. An abdominal CT showed a hematoma in the retroperitoneal space, and an angiography revealed a left fourth lumbar artery pseudoaneurysm. The pseudoaneurysm was treated with transcatheter placement of microcoils. Although haemorrhagic complications following needle biopsy are very rare, patients with large amounts of vertebral destruction may have unusual anatomical positions of the lumber artery. Therefore, surgeons should be aware of the possibility of lumbar artery injury during a needle biopsy and take care of prebiopsy plans.