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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2016, Article ID 5365647, 3 pages
Case Report

Lumbar Herniation of Kidney following Iliac Crest Bone Harvest

Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA

Received 18 September 2016; Revised 11 November 2016; Accepted 14 November 2016

Academic Editor: Yoshiharu Kawaguchi

Copyright © 2016 Michael Justin Willcox. 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.


The iliac crest is a popular source for autogenous bone harvesting, but the process is rife with complications. This case report presents a patient that experienced incisional lumbar herniation of her kidney following an iliac crest bone harvesting procedure. A discussion is included on the underappreciated complications of this procedure and recommendations for improving outcomes with more thorough evaluation and documentation.