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A 45-year-old female asked:

what does this mean on an mri report c5-c6: there is a central disc protrusion indenting the ventral thecal sac?

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Dr. Stephen Daquino
Sports Medicine 21 years experience
Slipped Disc: It means toward the mid/ lower neck you have a bit of a slipped disc. It is slipping straight backward and putting some pressure onto the space where the spinal cord lies. Talk to your doc about what can be done if you haven't already.
Dr. Edward Schmidt
Radiology 35 years experience
A disc abuts spinal: In the neck at the c5-c6 level, the intervertebral disc protrudes posteriorly from the spine, and pushes upon the anterior aspect of the thecal sac that contains the spinal cord. This herniating disc material may abut or comress the spinal canal, possibly resulting with spasm.

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