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A 54-year-old female asked:

My mri showed lumber spinal stenosis. but what is prominence of anterior epidural veins at c3-4 & c4-5 mean? thank you.

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Dr. Paxton Daniel
Radiology 39 years experience
Sometimes: A syndrome called intracranial hypotension can do this. It is caused by a leak of cerebrospinal fluid, usually from a procedure such as a lumbar puncture but sometimes from epidural anesthesia. Vascular malformations (tangles of vessels) can do this. However, it can also be a normal finding. So, your history and physical have to be correlated.
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Might be nothing: Prominence of the epidural veins is a non specific finding. Sometimes it is prominent if you have an epidural space infection. Sometimes it can be from venous congestion. A careful review of your images by a neuroradiologist might shine more light into your condition - ask if the radiologist was a board (certificate of added qualification) certified neuroradiologist.

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