U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A female asked:

Mri of lumbar spine lists desiccation of disc at l5-s1. l4-l5 mild facet arthropathy & hypertrophy. l5-s1 minimal bulge & moderate facet ^. meaning??

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paxton Daniel
Radiology 34 years experience
Aging changes: Disc desiccation refers to loss of water content in the discs as a result of aging. Facet hypertrophy is degenerative arthritis of the joints between the vertebral bodies. A bulging disc is one that protrudes out to some extent into the spinal canal. All of these are just descriptions. Significance depends on how these findings relate to your symptoms and physical exam.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Jan 22, 2021


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.