A 71-year-old female asked:
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MRI result states "moderate to severe narrowing of bilateral neural foramina". What does this mean? Could nerves be pinched?

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Dr. Ilene Ruhoy
20 years experience in Neurology
Possibility: The neural (intervertebral) foramina are where the spinal nerve roots exit the spinal cord. Severe narrowing of these holes can certainly cause impingement. If your symptoms correspond to the vertebral level of narrowing, it may be due to impingement (pinched nerves.)
Answered on May 25, 2016
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