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Can you tell me what is bilateral facet joint effusions?

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Dr. Greg Khounganian
17 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Arthritis: Joints in the spine are similar to joints in the rest of the body. When they degenerate due to arthritis they become fluid filled. That fluid is referred to an effusion. An effusion is basically indicative of degeneration of that joint. It can lead to pain, and in severe cases, instability of that vertebral level.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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