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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

Osteophyte (Definition)

An ostophyte is often referred 2 as a spur. In thritis as in the knee the body knows u have pain so 2 try 2 lower the #/sg in of pressure it layes more bone down 2 increase the wt bearing surface, wee c these as osteophytes, same with the hands and feet. In the foot usually the great toe. It is soft bone so a hard bump 2 them and lead 2 a small fx of ...Read more


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What do "broad based posterior spurring", "disc osteophyte complex" "mod. Bilateral foraminal narrowing" degenerative endplate uptake" mean?

What do "broad based posterior spurring", "disc osteophyte complex" "mod. Bilateral foraminal narrowing" degenerative endplate uptake" mean?

OSTEOARTHRITIS: "DEGENERATIVE" arthritis (Wear and Tear) of the spine is most likely the reason for these x ray findings! ~

There is treatment
Consult with your PCP (Primary Care Provider)
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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What does an MRI with a large posterior disc osteophyte complex that effaces the ventral CSF and flattens left hemi-cord diameter of 6mm mean?

What does an MRI with a large posterior disc osteophyte complex that effaces the ventral CSF and flattens left hemi-cord diameter of 6mm mean?

Arthritis in neck: Due to osteo arthritis of facet joints of vertebral bodies and thinning and herniation of disc backwards, there can be compression of spinal cord. Its significance depends on the symptoms and signs on examination of patient. See a neurologist or neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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What does it mean when MRI report say c4c5 facet arthrosis and posterior disc osteophyte complex resulting in mild effacement of the thecal sac?

What does it mean when MRI report say c4c5 facet arthrosis and posterior disc osteophyte complex resulting in mild effacement of the thecal sac?

Back trouble!: Depends on your symptoms whether just a finding or a cause of trouble.
C- is cervical-neck
4-5 of the usual C1-7!
Osteophytes are bony prominences from arthritis and changes.
Thecal is sac around nerves and cord.
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Is there a difference in symptoms from a POSTERIOR disc osteophyte C4-C5 vs a ANTERIOR osteophyte. Also normal for a young man in 20's? ThaNK YOU.

Is there a difference in symptoms from a POSTERIOR disc osteophyte C4-C5 vs a ANTERIOR osteophyte. Also normal for a young man in 20's? ThaNK YOU.

Yes, nerve pinching: A posterior osteophyte is a bony growth that is behind the vertebral disc, adjacent to the spinal nerve exit opening (foramen) and the facet joint. The posterior osteophyte can cause narrowing of the foramen, pinching the nerve. An anterior osteophyte is a bony grown in front of the disc where no nerve roots or joints are present; relatively benign. Atypical for a 20 something unless injured. ...Read more

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What does this mean. There is degeneration of the t12/l1 with a posterior disc osteophyte displacing the conus medullaris posteriorly?

What does this mean. There is degeneration of the t12/l1 with a posterior disc osteophyte displacing the conus medullaris posteriorly?

There is: Degenerative arthritic change at the T12-L1 spinal level, the junction of the thoracic and lumbar spine. Disc protrusion or bulge and osteophyte (arthritic bony overgrowth) are extending into the spinal canal and pushing or compressing the conus (the lower part of the spinal cord). ...Read more

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C6-C7 Broad based disc osteophyte complex with a superimposed focal central disc protrusion causing canal stenosis measuring 8.5mm. There is complete obliteration of the anterior posterior thecal sac space. There is mild anterior deformity.

C6-C7 Broad based disc osteophyte complex with a superimposed focal central disc protrusion causing canal stenosis measuring 8.5mm. There is complete obliteration of the anterior posterior thecal sac space. There is mild anterior deformity.

Pinched nerve: This is another way to say that you have a "pinched nerve" in your neck. This can potentially cause neck pain, headaches, and/or pain that radiates into the arm. Don't hesitate to be seen as there are many good treatment options. ...Read more

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What does broad based posterior disc protrusion effacing anterior thecal sac mean on an MRI report?

What does broad based posterior disc protrusion effacing anterior thecal sac mean on an MRI report?

Disc protrusion: The disc is in the front part of the spine. The spinal cord and nerves are in the canal within the spine. They are encased in a "sac" containing fluid. If a disc is partially damaged, it will have a weaker outer rim which will bulge out and may compress the cord (esp in neck) or the nerves (in the lower back). Slight bulge may cause disc pain which is usually localized in the back. ...Read more

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Mildannular bulges with broad based posterior disc protrusion from C4-5 to C6-7 levels indenting thecal sac without significant nerve root compression?

Mildannular bulges with broad based posterior disc protrusion from C4-5 to C6-7 levels indenting thecal sac without significant nerve root compression?

Age Appropriate: These are age appropriate degenerative findings on MRI. Does not indicate any treatment is needed. We don't treat MRI, we treat the patient. So if you are having symptoms, you spine specialist will examine you, and review your images, and reach a diagnosis of what is actually causing your symptoms, and then direct treatment to those pathologies. Goodluck. ...Read more

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C5/6 a broad based disc protusion with vertebral endplate osteophytes, what to do?

C5/6 a broad based disc protusion with vertebral endplate osteophytes, what to do?

Maybe nothing: Those are fairly common findings, especially for weekend warriors. For patients with symptoms a collar can be effective in the short run. If persistent symptoms or disabilities may require surgery. ...Read more

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Broad based disc osteophyte complexes at levels c3-c7, efface the dural sac. Mild reversal of curvature. Conservative treatment hasn't helped. Severe pain? Please help! Only 28yo. Ultrasound tech.

Broad based disc osteophyte complexes at levels c3-c7, efface the dural sac. Mild reversal of curvature. Conservative treatment hasn't helped. Severe pain? Please help! Only 28yo. Ultrasound tech.

Injections w/ PT: Sorry to hear about your pain. If conservative treatment had already failed, I would consider epidural steroid injections along with physical therapy. It may free you up to get more out of pt. Avoid high velocity manipulation w those osteophytes. Also avoid surgery as long as possible. If epidural does not help at all, may be facet related, blocks with subsequent rfa may benefit from well. ...Read more

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Broad based disc osteophyte complex effacing the cal sac at c5-6, c6-7, c7-t1 with mild right and moderate left neural foraminal narrowing at each?

Neurosurgery consult: If you have symptoms of pain or neurological symptoms of numbness or weakness, it may be time to consult with a neurosurgeon to find out about the future need for possible surgery. I always recommend Neurosurgery for the neck. In the meantime, please see your primary care physician for pain treatment if necessary. ...Read more

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Son 20 pain neck, upper mid back. POSTERIOR osteophyte C-4C-5 on MRI. Years later still painCan tiny osteophytes keep enlarging? Unusual in young mAn?

Son 20 pain neck, upper mid back. POSTERIOR osteophyte C-4C-5 on MRI. Years later still painCan tiny osteophytes keep enlarging? Unusual in young mAn?

Bone spurs enlarge: Yes, an osteophyte/bone spur can enlarge with time as one ages. These can be a cause of pain if they impinge nerves and/or cause stenosis of the nerve canals. We do see spurs start to form even in teenagers but yes, your son is on the younger side to have spurs. The good news is that they don't necessarily cause pain and nonsurgical treatment still can often provide pain relief of spine pain. ...Read more

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I have a osteophytes on C5 & c6, occluding right neural foramen 50 %. Neurosurgeon suggest cervical fusion. Can it be done posterior?

I have a osteophytes on C5 & c6, occluding right neural foramen 50 %. Neurosurgeon suggest cervical fusion. Can it be done posterior?

Not as well: A posterior approach is an option. However, based on your description, an anterior approach would be better. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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Hi, Lateral cervical spine, Loss of normal cervical lordosis. Evidence of spondylotic changes C5/6 with posterior osteophyte formation?

Hi, Lateral cervical spine, Loss of normal cervical lordosis. Evidence of spondylotic changes C5/6 with posterior osteophyte formation?

Loss: Of cervical lordosis means straightening of the normal curve of the cervical spine. It can simply be positional or do to muscle spasm. Spondylotic changes basically mean degenerative arthritic changes at that level. ...Read more

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Son is 24 with neck pain & tingling fingers. Can a posterior osteophyte c4-5 without spinal or foraminal stenosis cause these symptoms?

Yes: Yes it could. Visit your doctor for a complete exam and possibly referral to a pain medicine specialist who could offer an epidural steroid injection for treatment of the pain along with neuropathic agents (nerve pain medications). ...Read more

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MRI L5-S1 level, posterior spurring identified. Osteophyte contacts S1 nerve root. Moderate to severe bilateral neuroforaminal stenosis. Suggestions?

MRI L5-S1 level, posterior spurring identified. Osteophyte contacts S1 nerve root. Moderate to severe bilateral neuroforaminal stenosis. Suggestions?

Transforaminal epidu: May try transforaminal epidural inyections (see a pain physician)along with some NSAIDs, however if not better surgery to decompress the foraminal stenosis may be your answer ...Read more

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MRI - tear of posterior horn/medial meniscus (infer/sup surfaces) + mild cartilage thinning + ant osteophyte formation + subchondral h/intensity signa?

MRI - tear of posterior horn/medial meniscus (infer/sup surfaces) + mild cartilage thinning + ant osteophyte formation + subchondral h/intensity signa?

Torn menscuc: The meniscus is a cartilage cushion that sits between the femur and the tibia and acts as somewhat of a shock absorber. Each knee has a medial and lateral meniscus; and when they tear they can cause pain, swelling, and catching. They can be fixed arthroscopically by repair or shaving with good results. ...Read more

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Is 3mm broad posterior disc protrusion dangerous? Mildly contacts the cord c3-c4? What does 3mm mean how far should it be from the spinal cord?

Is 3mm broad posterior disc protrusion dangerous? Mildly contacts the cord c3-c4? What does 3mm mean how far should it be from the spinal cord?

At least 3mm away: The disc pads the intervertebral space, if slips and contacts the cord it can cause symptoms of numbness and tingling, the severity depends on how far the disc contact and the pressure, if so severe it will cause incontinence and saddle numbness, , the body can often heal itself and it varies widely in different people, so to keep it healthy use good body mechanics, wight normal, never smoke. ...Read more

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I have c3-4 deciccation w broad posterior disc bulge (3.4mm) causing effacement of CSF space& moderate neural foraminal narrowing. Will I need fusion?

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I have c3-4 deciccation w broad posterior disc bulge (3.4mm) causing effacement of CSF space& moderate neural foraminal narrowing. Will I need fusion?

Depends on symptoms: We do not do surgery based only on films. If you have symptoms that are attributable to findings on films, then surgery should be considered. And even then conservative care can often alleviate the symptoms so that you do not need fusion. ...Read more

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C4-5 right uncovertebral osteophyte/disc bulge complex broad disc bulge right neural foraminal stenosis & abutment of ventral cervical cord. Meaning?

C4-5 right uncovertebral osteophyte/disc bulge complex broad disc bulge right neural foraminal stenosis & abutment of ventral cervical cord. Meaning?

Not meaningful: These findings on MRI of c spine are simply indicators of arthritic phenomenon with aging or wear and tear. These may or may not clinically corelate with the clinical symptoms or signs of a patient. Examining and ordering physician is in best position to tell if these findings corelate with your symptoms. See a neurologist. ...Read more

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Posterior disc protrusion at lumbar4?

Posterior disc protrusion at lumbar4?

It is a Herniation: By definition a disc protrusion is a herniated disk. ...Read more

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C3-4, c4-5 posterior disc bulgingmust it always be treated by an operation or can any other therapy help too?

C3-4, c4-5 posterior disc bulgingmust it always be treated by an operation or can any other therapy help too?

No: Many people at your age have herniated disks and very few get surgery. Depends on the symptoms and the extent of nurse compression. Talk to neurosurgeon or ortho spinal surgeon. Surgery is the last resort. ...Read more

Bone Spurs (Definition)

Bone spurs, or osteophytes, are bony projections that form along joints, and are often seen in conditions such as arthritis. Bone spurs are largely responsible for limitations in joint motion ...Read more