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what is nerve root effacement?

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Dr. Enrique Wulff
Neurology 45 years experience
Thanks for asking!: Term used to describe compression of the nerve root.
Dr. Jeffrey Gross
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Clinical correlation: Effacement means that a structure is touching/abutting/up against the nerve, or the nerve is up against a structure. As a finding on an imaging test, this does not necessarily mean there will be symptoms related to that nerve. To determine if there are symptoms related to such effacement (ask why one had the imaging test in the first place), a clinical correlation by a physician must be made.

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Being pressed on: This means the nerve root is being pressed on as it exits the spine. For example, it could be pressed on by a disc or by changes in the bones or ligaments related to arthritis. However, just because a scan may show the nerve being pressed on doesn't mean it is causing symptoms. This has to be decided after speaking with and examining the patient.

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