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Mri report is right paracentral herniation of c5-c6 IV disc indenting spinal cord?

Mri report is right paracentral herniation of c5-c6 IV disc indenting spinal cord?

Any symptoms?: Some disc herniations may be asymptomatic. Would recommend a complete evaluation by a neurosurgeon. It is important to evaluate the amount of pressure on the spinal cord. ...Read more

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Dr. William Newton
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Spinal Cord Injury (Definition)

Spinal cord injury is a condition in which a person has damage to the nerves in his spinal cord (which is protected inside the spine from the brain to the tailbone). Injuries such as those from car accidents, climbing accidents, or gunshot wounds often cause paralysis (loss of use of legs, abdominal ...Read more


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What to do if I have broad based disc bulge C5 C6 C7 effacing CSF on the anterior spinal cord there is bilateral neurofora?

What to do if I have broad based disc bulge C5 C6 C7 effacing CSF on the anterior spinal cord there is bilateral neurofora?

Depends on symptoms: You are describing a radiographic finding. Many times, people have disc bulges and no symptoms, in which case nothing needs to be done. If you are having neck pain or arm pain or numbness/weakness of the arms, then treatment with therapy to reduce the disc bulge and relieve pressure on the nerve roots or medication for the symptoms may be indicated. ...Read more

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Need MRI interperation. Increased signal enhancing expansile spinal cord at c5/c6 and minimal extra medullara intradural/dural enhancement left ventralspinal canal c3/c4

Need MRI interperation.  Increased signal enhancing expansile spinal cord at c5/c6 and minimal extra medullara intradural/dural enhancement left ventralspinal canal c3/c4

Need iimages: Very difficult to interpret the meaning of that report without seeing the images, and without knowing why the study was obtained. Depending on severity, could be artifact (not significant). Transverse myelitis (inflammation of the cord) can also have such findings, but that would correlate with serious neurologic symptoms. Other conditions of the spinal cord also could cause such MRI findings. ...Read more

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Need advice on MRI results. Abnormal heterogeneious t2 signal with some swelling within the spinal cord at c5-c6 level, husband had fusion 1.5 years ago on on c4-c6 is this getting worse?

Need advice on MRI results.  Abnormal heterogeneious t2 signal with some swelling within the spinal cord at c5-c6 level, husband had fusion 1.5 years ago on on c4-c6 is this getting worse?

Communicate: This is a situation in which the MRI findings must be correlated with both the clinical presentation and the prior appearance of the images. This should be discussed at length with the physician who ordered the test, and information on the internet without actually seeing the images and your husband are unlikely to be helpful. Hope he does well. ...Read more

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My MRI report is right paracentral herniation of c5-c6 IV disc indenting spinal cord...Doctor said to me it is necessary operation is it right?

Myelopathy: If the disc touches or indents the spinal cord and the spinal canal width is sufficient, you might be able to avoid surgery and hope the disc desiccates and shrinks, but if there is stenosis, and the cord is showing signs of edema or myelomalacia, surgery is mandatory, (no other options). ...Read more

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Recent MRI of cervical spine shows spinal cord swelling at c5- C6 , had acdf sugery in sept. Why is there still swellinh?

Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes. It still might be residual from what you had before surgery, there may be continued compression, or have been a surgical complication. Your surgeon would be the best to interpret the meaning of the study based upon your individual case. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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My MRI shows focal myelomalacia involving the cervical cord at C5-C6. Severe spinal cord stenosis at C3-C4. Subtle cortical edema inferior to the sten?

Cervical cord injury: Your spinal cord is being squeezed probably but not for certain by a disc rupture or boney overgrowth.I f no symptoms I expect you soon will. Surgery is very probable. See a neurosurgeon or orthopedist urgently. ...Read more

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What are the different types of incomplete spinal cord injury & how do I know which I had? I'm C6 incomplete. Spent year in chair paralyzed now walk.

What are the different types of incomplete spinal cord injury & how do I know which I had? I'm C6 incomplete. Spent year in chair paralyzed now walk.

Depends on level: Typically an incomplete injury at C6 causes you to have limited control of your wrist and complete loss of hand function. The different types have more to do with where the lesion is located and what dermatome that includes. The "incomplete" refers to the fact that you have retained some function of motor and/or sensory function below the level of the injury. Autonomic dysreflexia can occur. ...Read more

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Can men with spinal cord injury (c6 and c7) have sexual intercourse?

Can men with spinal cord injury (c6 and c7) have sexual intercourse?

Yes: The goal is provide treatment to achieve and maintain an erection. Erection can be achieve with oral or intraurethral medications. If medications are not effective, erection can be achieved by direct stimulation of the penis, penile vibratory stimulation device or vacuum penile pump device. To maintain erection, patients use a constrictor device or "cock ring." do not use constrictors over 30 min. ...Read more

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Im suffering from spinal cord injury c6/c7 complete. I can say that my hands function is 70% on its normal my legs are 0%. How to strenghten my legs?

Im suffering from spinal cord injury c6/c7 complete. I can say that my hands function is 70% on its normal my legs are 0%. How to strenghten my legs?

Focus on arms: I would suggest you focus on the arms now. The best recovery occurs one level below the level of your injury which means that you should work on the muscles of the arms (triceps) and hands as these will help you be independent with your own care. If you start getting any strength back on the legs then move to work on that. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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C5 (Definition)

C5 refers to the fifth vertebra in the neck. The first vertebra is at the base of the skull, so the fifth is in the middle of the neck. Injuries to the spinal cord above this level impair the ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more