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What causes a fused cervical vertebrae?

What causes a fused cervical vertebrae?

Fusion: A cervical vertebra can fuse for many reasons.
They can be that way from birth (congenital)
They can occasionally fuse from long term disc collapse (spondylosis)
Or they can be fused with a surgical procedure (cervical fusion surgery). ...Read more

Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more


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Can there be a pillow that can help with degenerative changes at cervical vertebrae?

Many pillow promises: I have degenerative changes in my neck. Different things are going to work for different people. Learning to sleep on your back is the best thing to do. I was a stomach sleeper and had to learn back/side sleeping. Then you need o find a pillow that fits your body to keep your neck straight at night. I use a memory foam neck pillow, but your needs will depend on your body. ...Read more

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Can you please explain what is an abscess on your neck? By the cervical Vertebrae.?

An abcess is: A collection of pus. It doesn't matter where it is. The location just may make it more difficult to treat as it may be harder to drain. .. ...Read more

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Please Help!!! My neck hurts on the back, kinda like where my cervical vertebrae is when I touch it it's uncomfortable, should I be concerned???

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Please Help!!! My neck hurts on the back, kinda like where my cervical vertebrae is when I touch it it's uncomfortable, should I be concerned???

Hurting neck: What did you do to get that hurt? Fracture? Abscess? Strain? Better see your primary care doctor about this soon. May need an x-ray or CT or MRI. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cervical and lumbar vertebrae?

Location location: Do you mean besides location, size and amount of motion they have? ...Read more

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Hello my mother suffers from cervical vertebrae sliding How to deal with?

This is usually a: Sign of degenerative changes in the spine. She should get it evaluated if she has progressive symptoms of pain &/or is causing weakness, numbness, tingling or pain in the arms or if she is having balance issues. Otherwise, OTC meds can help as can not smoking, sleeping with a flat type pillow & general exercise as well as neck exercises that can be found at Spine Heath or Spine Universe website ...Read more

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I was asked to go for a.P.& lateral of the cervical spine. The result was that cervical spine is normal. Spondylotic changes are seen in vertebrae?

Spondylosis: Spondylosis or spondylitic changes are difficult names for arthritis or early degenerative changes in the spine. Very typical, and early on, rarely responsible for pain as they are normal sign of getting older (sorry!). ...Read more

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All of my daughter's vertebrae in thoracic area and possibly some in cervical area protrude out. Also her lower back curves in farther than normal?

All of my daughter's vertebrae in thoracic area and possibly some in cervical area protrude out. Also her lower back curves in farther than normal?

See below: This maybe all normal due to body fat and/or physique. To settle the concern, have your pediatrician evaluate your scoliosis concerns. A consultation with a pediatric orthopedic physician may also alleviate any further anxieties about the curvatures you see. X-rays of the spine will capture objective data if necessary re: angles of the spine. ...Read more

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Is it normal for what appears to be 3 cervical vertebrae bulging through the hypo-pharynx wall? Also could this cause a chronic cough?

Is it normal for what appears to be 3 cervical vertebrae bulging through the hypo-pharynx wall? Also could this cause a chronic cough?

Are you looking: At an MRI or lateral xray? Then that may be the normal appearance at the level of the mid/lower cervical spine. If not, further information is needed because it is an implausible scenario. ...Read more

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I have early spondylotic changes of cervical vertebrae, prescribed 200mg Celebrex (celecoxib) & 150mg Mydocalm is it ok since I'm hypertensive taking Diovan 80mg?

I have early spondylotic changes of cervical vertebrae, prescribed 200mg Celebrex (celecoxib) & 150mg Mydocalm is it ok since I'm hypertensive taking Diovan 80mg?

Be careful: Anti-inflammatories all have the ability to raise blood pressure. When combined with a medication like your diovan it can cause kidney problems. Be sure doctor is checking your kidney function with blood work. Normal schedule is baseline level before starting med then, 1 week, 1 mo, 3 mo then every 6 mo after start med If BP rises, talk to doctor. May need to stop celebrex (celecoxib) ...Read more

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Hello sir... I have MRI of cervical spine. My report is mild straighting of cervical curvature. Complete block of C4 and C5 vertebrae?

Hello sir... I have MRI of cervical spine. My report is mild straighting of cervical curvature. Complete block of C4 and C5 vertebrae?

It appears that: The slight straightening may either suggest that your body was positioned in such a way that this came about or reflecting some muscle spasm. The block vertebra is a congenital or something you were born with which may also be a sign of other possible congenital issues in your spine or body so see a spine specialist if symptoms persist ...Read more

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I have congenital fused cervical vertebrae and occipital neuralgia. Getting dizzy when I turn my head certain ways. (Resting or walking) Typical sx?

Neck pain: Congenial fusion of cervical vertebrae is common and can lead to stress on adjacent segments. One of the most common variants is the Klippel-Feil Syndrome where the second and third vertebral bodies are fused. Occipital neuralgia and dizziness are common symptoms related to this congenital variant. Physical therapy and cortisone injections can relieve the pain. ...Read more

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My daughters mri showed “focal central fluid signal intensity in the cervical cord at the c5 vertebral body level”, what does that mean?

Most likely a-: -syrinx (sp). Can be symptomatic. Way 2 much 2 answer here. I recommend that you Google it & read up about them. Both treatment as well as diagnosis. ...Read more

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Cspine MRI : 1 :cervical degenerative disease 2 : vague area of marrow hypointensity in the several vertebral bodies of questionable etiology?

Cspine MRI : 1 :cervical degenerative disease 2 : vague area of marrow hypointensity in the several vertebral bodies of questionable etiology?

Not sure: I am not sure what you are expecting from the above. The diagnosis is listed - cervical degenerative disease. Vague area of marrow hypointensity is a very non-specific finding that I would not worry about provided there are no other findings on the MRI and they don't have a reproduction on the physical exam. ...Read more

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Can anything be done for permanent scoliosis? It is based between my cervical and thoracic vertabrae?

Curvature dependent: Scoliosis is often treated nonoperatively. A thorough evaluation by an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in adult scoliosis management would be able to best answer questions pertaining to your specific situation. ...Read more

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I have 4 herniated disc in my cervical vertebrea, at 70 do I get surgery orlive in pain.?

I have 4 herniated disc in my cervical vertebrea, at 70 do I get surgery orlive in pain.?

Non-surgical Rx: Surgery or pain are not the only options. There are non-surgical treatments for herniated disc and a doctor should be able to provide pain relief while you explore non-surgical options or minimally invasive surgical option with your doctor. ...Read more

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How much force is usually required to fracture a cervical vertabrae? Can it be broken from normal activity or usually is it high velocity accidents?

How much force is usually required to fracture a cervical vertabrae? Can it be broken from normal activity or usually is it high velocity accidents?

Unlikely: It would be extremely unlikely to fracture a cervical vertebrae with normal activities, even in a patient with osteoporosis. I do have patients who come to my office and are told they have a "fractured vertebrae" on their neck X-ray without any history of trauma, but the vast majority of the time the vertebrae is wedge shaped as a developmental abnormality but not fractured. ...Read more

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4 year HX migraine. Feel like a lot of pain during migraine in cervical arteries, especially right side. Why is this? MRA shows small Right vertebral

4 year HX migraine. Feel like a lot of pain during migraine in cervical arteries, especially right side. Why is this? MRA shows small Right vertebral

Painful problems: Have - be patiently persistent. Even try alternative approaches if the Dr can't find a solution. A good eval by your Dr and perhaps a neurologist if they agree is 1st. Adequate migraine control is sometimes possible but can be elusive. Best! ...Read more

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MRI was read, it said 'There is fusiform prominence of the left vertebral artery deforming the left side of the cervical medullary junction....

MRI was read, it said 'There is fusiform prominence of the left vertebral artery deforming the left side of the cervical medullary junction....

Review: When my patient's mri report comes back like that, I carefully review it with the radiologist, neurosurgeon, and a vascular surgeon to get as much information and advice as I can to see if further imaging studies should be done. This is a highly specialized situation that requires expert advice. ...Read more

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Can tear in vertebral and carotid arteries ever be seen on a cervical MRI? Or does it HAVE to be MRA or MRV?

Cervical MRI: Would not be adequate, further studies would be necessary even if the cervical MRI by chance happened to demonstrate a possible abnormality like a dissection or vascular injury ...Read more

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My cervical mra results are: left vertebral artery demonstrates short segment focal high grade stenosis in mid portion. What does this mean? Surgery?

My cervical mra results are: left vertebral artery demonstrates short segment focal high grade stenosis in mid portion. What does this mean? Surgery?

Possibly surgery.: For a young, asymptomatic female it may be the focal stenosis, (narrowing) is developmental, and no rx is needed. However, if there are neurologic symptoms referralable to brain stem function, this finding may indicate need for surgical or neurointerventional treatment. ...Read more

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Gain heathly weight, aprx10-15lbs. I'm 54 & aprx, 95lbs, (range, low 92-96 now) lost after 8 cervical fusion, surgerys, + LOW blood P. wat be norm 4 me?

Gain heathly weight, aprx10-15lbs. I'm 54 & aprx, 95lbs, (range, low 92-96 now) lost after 8 cervical fusion, surgerys, + LOW blood P. wat be norm 4 me?

Healthy weight: Depends on your height. If your weight range is within your ideal body weight then gaining weight is not healthy. Generally gaining weight incLudeman increasing calories, weight lifting and if indicated protein shakes ...Read more

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I had cervical fusion surgury 8 years ago 45 hours ago I have had 3 places come up on the back of my neck could this be hardware could this be the hardware used in my surgury coming loose- its very painful and it is now buring

Emergency room: Based on what you wrote, it sounds like you need an urgent evaluation of your neck. I would call your physician asap or consider going to the emergency room. You could have a very dangerous problem. ...Read more

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What's cervical fluid produced and what are its functions?

Cervical fluid: Produced in the cervix, it is a lubricant that helps sperms move thru to the uterus. ...Read more

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What is cervical dystonia?

What is cervical dystonia?

Cervical Dystonia?: Cervical Dystonia causes neck pain and/or neck deviation due to involuntary contraction of muscles. The Brain tells the muscle the amount of muscle tone to provide (contract or relax).We don't know how but the message gets changed by the time it gets to the muscle and the wrong action occurs. It is a problem of Sensory Motor Integration between the brain and muscle. We don't know the cause. ...Read more

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What is typical vertebrae?

What is typical vertebrae?

One that is normal--: --in the area of the spine being imaged. T see on Google it. Or look in an anatomy book. ...Read more

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How do you feel your cervix?

Self Cervical Exam: Many women find it difficult to fell their own cervix. You simply need to gently place you finger in the vagina until you feel a firm circular area at the back of the vagina. That is the cervix. ...Read more

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What is cervical endometriosis?

On the Cervix: Endometriosis is a condition where the tissue that is supposed to line the inside of the uterus starts growing outside the uterus. It has been found on the ovaries and tubes, the appendix and even in the lungs. Cervical endometriosis is where it is found growing on the cervix. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What causes a shortened cervix?

What causes a shortened cervix?

Short cervix: The most common cause is pregnancy. It does not cause a problem otherwise. If your cervix is too thin too soon in pregnancy, you are at risk for preterm labor and will need evaluation and treatment. We usually do not know that a cervix will become too thin until it happens during pregnancy or if it happened during a previous pregnancy. ...Read more

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Cervical spondilitis How to cure?

Cervical spondilitis How to cure?

Cure for spondylosis: Cure per se is not possible once you have it. You can halt it and manage the pain. A pain specialist can help with procedures that can relieve pain. If too severe, you may even need surgery in the future. Avoid looking down for prolonged periods, aviod jerky movements. Avoid watching TV while lying down, reading while seated etc. Regular exercises will help relieve the muscular spasms that usually ...Read more

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When are cervical cerclages necessary?

Complicated: In general cerclage is indicated when a woman has a clear history of incompetent cervix and previable second trimester delivery. Its complicated though, and somewhat controversial among experts. One should consult with an OB or mfm about the issue if one thinks a cerclage might be needed. ...Read more

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What causes a woman's cervix to close?

What causes a woman's cervix to close?

Cervix: I assume you are talking about after birth. It is a combination of the uterus contracting, prolactin, and the lack of a baby contracting or pushing on it. ...Read more

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What are complications of fused vertebrae?

What are complications of fused vertebrae?

Long term: Complications include pain and degenerative changes above and below the fused vertebrae. You can also develop scarring issues in the area. Avoid having this surgery unless there is instability or you have had absolutely refractory pain and cannot be functional anymore with the pain. ...Read more

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Should I do planks and situps in cervical?

Should I do planks and situps in cervical?

Unable to say..: I'm not sure what you mean by "in cervical, " so it's difficult to say. In general, for a healthy person, planks and situps are good for strengthening the abdominal muscles. If you have a cervical spine problem or are wearing a cervical collar or other cervical support due to an injury, situps would not be recommended because they tend to be taxing on the neck and could exacerbate the injury. ...Read more

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What kind of injury causes a tilted cervix?

What kind of injury causes a tilted cervix?

Retroverted uterus: Having a retroverted uterus does not cause an injury to the body. It might cause some pain during sexual relations depending on position etc. Retroverted uterus can be caused by normal pelvic variation, adehesions, endometriosis, multiple surgeries, fibroid uterus etc. ...Read more