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A 36-year-old female asked:

mri lumbar spine... there is mild facet hypertrophy of l4- l5 and l5-s1 bilaterally.. impression: mild facet of l4-l5 and l5-s1. pkease explain..

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Dr. Paxton Daniel
Radiology 39 years experience
Degenerative changes: As the spine ages the intervertebral disks can provide less stability. This causes more pressure on the facet articulations at the back of each vertebral body. They respond by broadening or hypertrophying. Usually this is asymptomatic but can sometimes cause back pain and stiffness.
Dr. Audie Rolnick
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Normal: Nothing to worry about . Essentially normal finding . Usually won't cause big problems.

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