Rare radiculopathy from an osteochondral loose body: a case report and literature review

Brent Whittaker, Ellen Frydenberg, Peter Earls, Duo Wang, Timothy Steel


Lumbar radiculopathy is usually caused by nerve compression due to herniated disc material or compression by degenerative pathology such as enlarged facet joints, thickened ligamentum flavum or synovial cysts. We report the case of a 48-year-old female with L5 sciatica due to an osteochondral loose body in the foramen. This is only the third reported case of a single osteochondral loose body in the lumbar spine and the first reported case found in the foramen.