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A 31-year-old female asked about a 71-year-old male:

l4/l5,posterior disk bulge,central disc protrusion indenting thecal sac.causing bilateral lateral recesses and lower segments bilateral neural foramin?

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Dr. Harold Fields
Family Medicine 61 years experience
Report: You need to take the results in combination with the clinical findings. Ask the attending doctor to explain th findings in conjunction with your complaint

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