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what is the difference between spinal cord compression & spinal stenosis? can you have one without the either?

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Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Spinal stenosis is: an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal,usually due to degenerative arthritic. Since the cord runs through the canal, spinal stenosis can cause compression of the cord. But, anything that can press on the cord can cause cord compression, for example, tumor, disc herniation, displaced fracture, hematoma, and instability can also cause cord compression. You don't need stenosis to have compression
Answered on Jun 8, 2017
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