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What is mild central canal stenosis?

What is mild central canal stenosis?

See below: Mild central canal stenosis is mild narrowing of the canal which contains the spinal cord. This canal is composed of different aspects of the vertebral bodies. Degenerative changes in the intervertebral discs or vertebral bodies themselves can cause narrowing of the canal. Mild stenosis is usually not symptomatic. ...Read more

Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more


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What is the difference between spinal stenosis and central canal stenosis and which is more serious. How debilitating will it get already pain daily?

Interchangeable: Many radiologists use the terms interchangeably. In the mild range there is little correlation between imaging findings and symptoms with factors like fitness, overuse, posture, and muscle spasm have a large impact. Get strong, keep moving, work on posture! ...Read more

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Disc protrusion measures 15mm medial lateral 6mm an anteroposterior causes contact with ventral cord and central canal stenosis?

Depends: The herniation size is important. However the symptoms are what dictate the treatment. Stenosis can cause weakness, pain, cramps. Ect. When conservative measures fail to allow a person to return to the activities of daily living...It's time to consider speaking with a spinal surgeon. ...Read more

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Hi. At T10/T11 there is a right posterolateral disc herniation w/mild central canal stenosis. What symptoms might this cause?

From none to pain: I am sure a lot of folks with this presentation may have no symptoms to mild back pain to more pronounced backache. Since it is the thoracic spine involved, usually there will be only back pain with no radiation. ...Read more

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I have multilevel central canal stenosis as well as multilevel severe foraminal narrowing and disc extrusion surgery inevitable?

I have multilevel central canal stenosis as well as multilevel severe foraminal narrowing and disc extrusion surgery inevitable?

Most likely. My wife: -had similar & epidural steroids bought her some time, about 5 years, but later got worse & had surgery. My brother had it & waited until he had so much muscle weakness, that his result was not good (he=orthopedic surgeon also). Have confidence in the spine surgeon U choose, B sure fellowship trained. ...Read more

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If central canal stenosis at l4/l5 from respective MRI goes from mild to severe in 2.5 years what is the likely expectation in say another 1-2 years

If central canal stenosis at l4/l5 from respective MRI goes from mild to severe in 2.5 years what is the likely expectation in say another 1-2 years

Low lumbar stenosis: Can be caused by many things, such as disc extrusion (herniation) and spondylolysis (chronic fracture of the posterior bony elements). Disc extrusions can get better or worse, depending on circumstances. Spondylolisthesis typically progresses to a certain point and then stops, but by that point you will have nerve pinching symptoms. If you have MR on CD, I can review it at healthtap. Com/saurbornmd ...Read more

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How does central lumbar canal stenosis differ from spinal stenosis?

How does central lumbar canal stenosis differ from spinal stenosis?

Specific vs general: Spinal stenosis is not specific to region (cervical vs thoracic vs lumbar). Spinal stenosis of lumbar spine is lumbar spinal stenosis. Central stenosis means the dural sac is compressed. This is as opposed to foraminal or lateral stenosis which usually affects the nerve roots. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about central lumbar canal stenosis/spinal stenosis?

Degenerative disc: When there is degeneration in the lumbar spine then the ligaments can hypertrophy (enlarge) along with the facet joints and cause narrowing in the spine called stenosis. If it is mainly in the center then it is called central stenosis. Also any significant central disc herniation can also cause central stenosis along with bone spurs. ...Read more

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L5 S1 Bilateral Facet Hypertrophy resulting in no significant central canal neuroforaminil stenosis. Been in pain for 10 months what can I do?

L5 S1 Bilateral Facet Hypertrophy resulting in no significant central canal neuroforaminil stenosis. Been in pain for 10 months what can I do?

Ouch!: You're young to have this, unless you're prior military or did a lot of weight-bearing. Get to your ideal body weight. Strengthen core muscles with physical therapy/Pilates. Try oral NSAIDs & consider short oral steroid burst. No opioids/narcotics - more a curse than blessing. Try a TENS unit, acupunture, tilt table, hot/cold packs & last resort facet joint steroid injections/blocks. Hang in there ...Read more

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Mri shows I have severe central canal & bilateral recess stenosis and forminal stenosis on both sides/disc protrusion what is best option for my pain?

Be Conservative: Conservative treatment is almost always the right first choice for back pain. This might include muscle relaxants like Robaxin, (methocarbamol) NSAIDs like Ibuprofen, and epidural or facet injections, depending on the type of pain. If these fail, then surgery might be helpful. The key then is to choose the right surgery for your specific condition and symptoms. A good neurosurgeon can help you with this. ...Read more

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What is partially calcified broad based disc protrusion measuring 4mm in ap dimension w/mild central canal stenosis and no significant neural forminal?

What is partially calcified broad based disc protrusion measuring 4mm in ap dimension w/mild central canal stenosis and no significant neural forminal?

Degenerated disk: This is the description of degenerative disk disease as dictated by a radiologist. This is a very common finding and rarely needs surgery. ...Read more

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What would cause cervical spondylosis, central canal stenosis, disc osteophyte complexes, mild cord impingement, cervical straightening in 43 y/o?

What would cause cervical spondylosis, central canal stenosis, disc osteophyte complexes, mild cord impingement, cervical straightening in 43 y/o?

Age: These are all common findings that can be found on cervical MRI in patients over 40. Usually related to aging and the natural degenerative process. Genetics and lifestyle also contribute to these changes. ...Read more

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MRI- "l/4-l-5 disc desiccation. Small central protrusion w/ tiny posterior annular tear. No canal stenosis or sig. Foraminal narrowing". What it mean?

Some pain: The disc is between two vertebrae, the spine. They act like shock absorbers. When they have a problem they bulge out of their space. It sounds like it sticks out and touches some nerves. The disc has a band around it. It may tear like yours did. The point where nerves leave the spinal cord, the exit foramen is ok. ...Read more

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I have mild to moderate central canal stenosis in my neck. I also have C6 compression. Can this cause tingling all over body? (from head to toe)

CSM: Or cervical spondylotic myelopathy does not generally present with tingling all over the body. That have being said, there is no well-defined pattern of neurologic deficits in csm & patients present with varying signs and symptoms. A consultation with an internist, neurologist and neurosurgeon, brain MRI w/, and nerve studies are recommended. ...Read more

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Idiagnosed with central cervical canal stenosis and far lateral disc protrusion and a disc extrusion indenting cord. How serious is this. Arm pain?

Idiagnosed with central cervical canal stenosis and far lateral disc protrusion and a disc extrusion indenting cord. How serious is this. Arm pain?

Cervical Stenosis: This is serious and something you need to see a neurosurgeon about. Do not do any strenuous activity and be very careful of any falls as these may worsen your condition and cause paralysis. Good luck ...Read more

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MRI Report-please advise Congenitally shortened pesicles/congenital central spinal stenosis canal measuring between 9-10 mm from C3-C6. I have symptoms?

See spine and neck: Specialist. Depending on your symptoms, pain meds, physical therapy, and or injections to reduce sweling may be helpful. In some situations, surgery to enlarge the spinal canal may be indicated. Work with your doctor for the best result. See a description of options: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/spinal-stenosis/diagnosis-treatment/treatment/txc-203204 ...Read more

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I had an MRI - says L4-L5- Disc buldge with superimposed central disc protusion. Severe spinal canal stenosis with compression of the thecal sac with bilateral neurofarminal narrowing. A chair broke and I collapsed on back.?

Pinched nerve: Spinal stenosis is one way to say you have a narrowing or "pinching" of your nerve canal, in your case it is severe. The cause of the pinching is at least in part from a disc protruding into the nerve canal (herniated disc) which could potentially have occurred in the injury on the chair. I would not hesitate to be seen, many good treatment options available. ...Read more

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An MRI report shows no central cervical spinal canal stenosis but does show a right sided foraminal narrowing. Any impingement on the spinal cord?

An MRI report shows no central cervical spinal canal stenosis but does show a right sided foraminal narrowing. Any impingement on the spinal cord?

Puzzled: If there were impingement on the spinal cord, the report would say so. Presumably you didn't just wander into an MR center & make an impulse purchase. The MRI was ordered by a Dr who took a history & did physical. It's Dr's responsibility to review test results with you or if he can't, to find someone who can. You have a right to an explanation in terms you understand. ...Read more

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I have severe sciatica pain not responding medically. Recent MRI shows severe central canal stenosis, L4-L5 level. Surgery options, Laser vs. Knife?

Recommend norml surg: In my opinion the laminectomy may be the best option. Although it is not normally helpful for pain, it should help in a case of central canal stenosis, which often causes pain and weakness over time. I would not recommend the laser surgery. ...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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I have had a neck pain for 5months MRI showed central canal stenosis what should I do my c spine xray and MRI reading are shown with the files?

No worries: Neck pain is not necessarily caused by central stenosis. Stenosis typically will cause symptoms into the arms/legs if significant. Otherwise, I would suggest that your neck pain is more likely related to usual muscle and joint aches/pains. Try treatments for usual neck aches. If pain persists, then seek medical opinion. ...Read more

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Mri help plz, l4-5 sever facet arthropathy, t11-12 broad based central disc protrusion causing central canal stenosis, the cord is flat at that level.?

Mri help plz, l4-5 sever facet arthropathy, t11-12 broad based central disc protrusion causing central canal stenosis, the cord is flat at that level.?

Spinal stenosis: From what you are describing on the mr I would highly recommended seeing a spine neurosurgeon for further evaluation, the central canal stenosis can be quite worrisome and based on your age of 42 you will likely need to have something done or at the least evaluated. ...Read more

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If a large disc extrusion at c3/c4 is indenting the cord and have ddd central canal stenosis at same level. How serious is this. Arm neck wrist pain?

See Spine Surgeon: "Indenting the cord" and central canal stenosis is quite serious and can result in permanent nerve damage/weakness. You should see a spine surgeon who completed orthopedic or neurosurgery training immediately. The problem can be decompressed and preserve nerve function. ...Read more

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Stenosis (Definition)

Constriction or narrowing of something - duct, artery, passage way such as the outlet of the stomach into the small ...Read more