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A 28-year-old male asked:

Focal central disc protrusion at l5-s1 level. central spinal canal ismildly compromised at l5-s1 level l5-s1 disc is dessicated-written in mri report?

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Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Symptoms: If symptoms are mild, would try conservative treatment. Back strengthening, water aerobics.
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Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
MRI Report: In the absence of significant symptoms, this really means nothing. Desiccation starts in the teen years on mri. Protrusion simply means the disc is wider than it is deep into the spinal canal. Usually not significant if central. Don't fixate on the report. Nothing to worry about here.
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Last updated Oct 20, 2019

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