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A 50-year-old male asked:

I have bad bilateral leg & cronic neck pain for years. mri says at c4c5 disc protusion indents anterior thecal sac effaces the ventral csf with minor spinal canal narrowing. could the cord be impacted at times despite mri not showing it?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
Not feasible to predict whether the disc protrusion will become large enough in the future to threaten the spinal cord. More likely, over time, the disc will desiccate and shrink. However, would follow this with periodic MRIs. If the radiologist notes "myelomalacia", this is indeed a sign of cord compression.
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