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what does a soft spot in the spine mean

A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao answered
46 years experience Hospital-based practice
Can be anything: A sore spot in the back, could be due to muscle spasm, tendinitis, arthritis or even a pinched nerve. Or it could be a tender spot that of no real co ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
40 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
It may be what is : Called a pilonidal cyst which can present this way and if or becomes problematic , can be surgically removed.
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Dr. Tariq Niazi
43 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Pilonidal cyst maybe: Your diagnosis. See your general surgeon or have your gp refer you to one, to have it seen, diagnosis established and to start treatment for it, befor ... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
22 years experience Medical Oncology
Hard to know: This is a good question for your doctor. White spots can be many things, including normal. Are the spots on the bones in your neck, or on the spinal c ... Read More
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Dr. Chaim Colen
19 years experience Neurosurgery
Depends: A white spot on MRI could possibly suggest previous history of spinal cord injury or multiple other causes. Cancer and also be a "white spot". It woul ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Lewis
35 years experience Neurosurgery
Bulging discs: There are 7 vertebral bodies in the neck (cervical spine), 12 in the mid back (thoracic spine), and 5 in the low back (lumbar spine). Between each ver ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
30 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Unable to answer: T1 images will show water, air, and cortical bone as dark. T2 images will show air, cortical bone, and other hydrophobic substances as dark. So depend ... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brad Goldenberg
36 years experience Pediatrics
Inflammation: Scintigraphy lights up to ID blood or fluid movements, infection, inflammation, and cancer and has many uses to identify structures and functional pro ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Dr. Kevin Yoo answered
28 years experience Neurosurgery
No and Yes: Surgery for spondylolysis requires fusion with titanium metal implants. If you fuse well, which as a 28-year-old you should, it is very unlikely you w ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Visualize lesion: These lesion needs to be visualized (at minimum) to try to make an accurate assessment. Consider virtual medical eval or in-person assessment.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
24 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
C-Spine black spot: On your skin or on an image (e.g. Mri?)? If the skin is a concern, make sure to see your pcp or a dermatologist. If you had it show up on an mri, t ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ashraf Guirgues
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Pigmentation : Miles can develop and become very dark and should be evaluated by a dermatologist

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