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i have a quick question. i was diagnosed with spinal sciatia, i was wondering if that could be confused with osteoperosis or osteoarthritis on an mri?

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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Hospital-based practice 21 years experience
Confused w. others: While spinal sciatica is overdiagnosed on MRI, & can be confused with spondylitis & other conditions, rarely is osteoporosis / osteopenia seen on MRI. The best test for that is a DEXA bone densitometry ("bone density") scan, which is a different test. Arthritis in the spine is called spondylitis. While it can coexist with osteoporosis, it is uncommon. Sciatica should cause shooting pain in legs.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
See below: Sciatica is a symptom a person feels pain that runs down the leg in the distribution of the sciatic nerve from the back. Them right findings in someone with sciatica can vary widely, and one can have a sciatica even with a normal Mri. Mari scans do not show bone density well, and so are not useful for detecting osteoporosis. osteoarthritis can be seen on Mri,including spinal stenosis.

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