A 65-year-old male asked:
What is intervertebral disc disorder with myelopathy cervical region?
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Dr. Thomas Dowling answered
39 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Cord compression due: To disc issue in the neck region usually with degenerative disc disease ; a small spinal canal diameter. Prior history of neck injury can accelerate degenerative changes ; smokers accelerate this rate 4x over a nonsmoker. A herniated large disc can cause a myelopathy which is cord compression but it is most often associated with degeneration leading to a too narrow spinal canal for the cord.
Answered on Oct 13, 2016
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