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Doctor insights on: Bilateral Facet And Ligamentum Flavum Hypertrophy

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MRI RESULTS please interpret Schmorl's nodes T11-T12, T12-L1. mild bilateral facet hypertrophy L3-L4, L4-L5, L5-S1 Mild Disc protrusion L5-S1

MRI RESULTS please interpret

Schmorl's nodes
T11-T12, T12-L1.

mild bilateral facet hypertrophy L3-L4, L4-L5, L5-S1
Mild Disc protrusion L5-S1

Don't panic: 1) The scan is not the pt; you are. 2) Operative word here is "mild." Those findings may cause no symptoms at all. 3) In medicine and especially in this sort of situation, 1 picture = 1000 words. Your doc ordered the scan for a reason. Look at the images with your doc and have them interpret them for you, or find you someone who can. You have a right to an explanation in terms you understand. ...Read more

Hypertrophy (Definition)

Hypertrophy is an increase in size of an organ or tissue, or a particular part of the body. Examples include muscle hypertrophy due to lifting weights, ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of a ventricle of the heart) due to high blood pressure or other heart disorders, or prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement of ...Read more


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What does all this mean? C2-3 small disk osteophyte complex with ventral thecal sac deformity. C4-5 disk osteophyte complex with ventral cord flattening. C 5-6 Facet arthropathy and uncovertebral hypertrophy is severe right neural foraminal stenosis. Face

What does all this mean? C2-3 small disk osteophyte complex with ventral thecal sac deformity. C4-5 disk osteophyte complex with ventral cord flattening. C 5-6 Facet arthropathy and uncovertebral hypertrophy is severe right neural foraminal stenosis. Face

Degenerative: Basically refers to degenerative (aging) changes of the spine. Disk/osteophyte refers to bone spur and/or disc protrusion, and facet/uncovertebral hypertrophy refers to arthritis of the joints at the back part (facets) and sides (uncovertebral) of the vertebrae. Ventral thecal sac deformity and ventral cord flattening refer to slight pressure on the spinal cord. Stenosis refers to pinched nerve. ...Read more

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What is bilateral facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy?

What is bilateral facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy?

Degeneration: Hypertropy of the facets and ligamentum flavum refers to the expansion of these structures in the setting of degeneration. These can cause stenosis (narrowing) with compromise of the nerves going to the legs, as well as back pain. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a Mild circumferential disc bulge, and mild facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy including small facet effusions. S?

What does it mean when you have a Mild circumferential disc bulge, and mild facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy including small facet effusions. S?

Early degeneration: It is a degenerative condition that affects your spine motion segment, which consists of a disc and two facet joints at each level. When a disc ages it can lose its normal fluid content and can protrude out, this is sometimes known as degenerative disc disease and it is one of the more common causes of back pain. ...Read more

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What does multilevel ligamentum flavum hypertrophy and facet arthropathy mean?

What does multilevel ligamentum flavum hypertrophy and facet arthropathy mean?

Definition: Ligamentum flavum hypertrophy means enlargement of the tough band of tissue that connects two bones of the spine. Multilevel indicates that this is happening at several different spots in the spine. The facet joints connect the vertebrae of the spine to one another. Facet arthropathy simply means a disease or abnormality of the facet joints. ...Read more

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What is lumbar hypertrophic disease in facet joints and thickening of the ligamentum flavum?Mild-moderate facet hypertrophy L3-S1,lig flav thick L3-L4

What is lumbar hypertrophic disease in facet joints and thickening of the ligamentum flavum?Mild-moderate facet hypertrophy L3-S1,lig flav thick L3-L4

It means there are: Degenerative changes occurring leading to enlargement of the small joints of the spine (2at each level ) along with degenerative enlargement of a ligament that connects each segment or level of the spine that could eventually lead to an overall narrowing of the spinal canal which may lead to a condition known as spinal stenosis. Smoking, being obese & a family hx of arthritis can accelerate it. ...Read more

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I have mild lumbar hypertrophic disease in the facet joints with ligamentum flavum thickening. Will it progress or can it be reversed?

I have mild lumbar hypertrophic disease in the facet joints with ligamentum flavum thickening. Will it progress or can it be reversed?

Progressive: This is a progressive condition. It is unusual for a 27 years old to develop significant degenerative disease. There may be mechanical factors like scoliosis, leg length discrepency or abnormalities of the joints of the lower limbs. A physiatrist or experienced physical therapist may be able to help. ...Read more

Facet (Definition)

Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise ...Read more