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Facet disease and osteophyte formation and endplate sclerosis, what is this?

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Dr. Carol Hulett
Orthopedic Surgery 44 years experience
Spinal disease: Basically those terms describe changes in vertebrae that are affected by arthritis or degenerative changes. Facets are the small posterior joints at each level of spine. Disease there is again a component of arthritis. Osteophytes are spurs which occur as areas of bone and joint are stressed and try to protect their structures. Endplate sclerosis is bony thickening seen at vertebral disc area.
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Last updated Mar 16, 2019


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