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East Providence, RI
A 50-year-old male asked:

Mri: "there is a small chronic schmorl's node indenting the superior endplate of t5." what does this mean?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 58 years experience
Vertebrae : Are like building blocks. With top-superior and bottom inferior surfaces= end plates. The space between vertebrae are discs- like the mortar in stone walls. The disc has a circumference which can break- ruptured disc. Or a segment can protrude up or down- schmorl's node into vertebrae due to deterioration of spine . Most are not symptomatic.
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Last updated Jul 12, 2014


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