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Congenital Fusion Of Cervical Vertebrae
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
A fusion gets rid of a joint or disk between to bones, getting the bones to join together with bone between them. If successful, it eliminates almost all the motion between the bones. Sometimes fusion simply occur as a result of disease, rarely from aging. Most of the time ...Read more
Could it be Klippel-feil syndrome? At 12yrs old, learned I have congenital (45degree) cervicothoracic scoliosis w/congenital cervical fusion.
Can my son play football if he has congenital fusion of c5-c6 and partial fusion of c2-c3 vertebral bodies? He has been playing for 7 years w/no issue
Football: Your question is not one that can be answered on a health blog. Your son should be evaluated by a health team consisting of an orthopedist, neurologist, and possibly a neurosurgeon. Good luck! ...Read more
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
Who is the foremost specialist in the world on nonscoliotic congenital abnormalties of the spine in shape or extra vertebrae?
Depends on who you: Ask but a fellowship trained, board certified orthopedic spine surgeon will fit your needs in terms of evaluating and treating a spinal deformity. In your area, you can start with your own doctor for a referral or at the nearest university medical center. ...Read more
Feels like I have a hump (round flat and in top center of the cervical vertebrae-closer to low part) not whole shoulder just that specific area, why?
Normal: It is pad of fat you could feel it because it locate on the top of last cervical vertebrae spine, it is normal just ignore it ...Read more
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???
And the occiput
http://www. Physio-pedia. Com/Cervical_Instability#Clinically_Relevant_Anatomy
It depends: Your question is not very precise. I would answer that if your congenital anomaly is about structure only and does not pose increase risk for bleeding or is not an obstruction probably not. However may pose risk for getting pregnant or maintaining pregnancy. If by congenital anomaly you mean some kind of dysplasia it may be dangerous. You really have to ask your doctor who knows more about you. ...Read more
Location location: Do you mean besides location, size and amount of motion they have? ...Read more
Depends: If you have a stenotic cervix or double cervix, you may have other anomalies that may warrant a full work up. ...Read more
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
Depends: The term congenital anomaly is a broad one. Anomalies of the female reproductive system vary from a complete absence of the uterus and cervix, to mild changes, like a a heart shaped uterus with normal cervix. The effect on reproductive ability depends on the defect involved. ...Read more
I was diagnosed by a neurologist that I have congenital cervical stenosis. Can that reverse itself?
In brief? No: There are measures that can help but the congenital aspect of this means anatimically, it's fixed. However, one question I might pose is "How certain is anyone that your pain is truly from the canal stenosis? " Have all other possibilities been looked at? Write me if you would like: WWW. Healthtap. Com/DrSaghafi Use the key code: PDXFNR to make an appointment. ...Read more
Back to play with congenital cervical stenosis? What are my different options other than surgery, if any?
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
No: No cervical vertebra are not responsible for your balance. So look with your doctor for other reason. ...Read more
Is it normal for what appears to be 3 cervical vertebrae bulging through the hypo-pharynx wall? Also could this cause a chronic cough?
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
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
I have extra thoracic ribs and a 6 lumbar vertebrae. I have had severe neck back pain and for years. Are the congenital defects linked to a cause?
Looking for info/ congenital spinal stenosis. I have diverse weak muscles + cervical spondylarthrosis, still active, but want to prevent for old age?
Take care: My advice is to take good care of your spine. There isn't really anything you can do about congenital spinal stenosis. However, everything you can do to reduce wear and tear on your neck and low back would be prudent. This means avoiding activities which might lead to increased stress on your spine. ...Read more
Informed via lumbar MRI report that my spinal canal is congenitally stenotic. Is it safe to assume that my thoracic and cervical is too? TY
Never assume: Your condition is one where your lumbar spinal canal is tight. That does not mean the rest of the spine is that way. If your doc thinks it worthwhile they can study those ares but without any physical findings they are unlikely to find a problem. ...Read more
If I straighten my left foot I feel mild pain in my left calf muscles, btw my last left lumbar vertebrae is sticked to my pelvis (congenital defect)?
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
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
Hi doc. I have congenital deformity in my 5th & 6th vertebra in my backbone causing hard pain. What should I do?
Be checked: A congenital condition basically means you were born with it. We do definitely see congenital deformities in the spine, but they don't usually cause pain. If they did, you would just about have to had pain since you were born. So, if you are having "hard pain" as you put it, I would encourage you to be checked. It is probably another condition. Thank you for the question. ...Read more
If u have a congenital c2 And c3 verterbrea can u get surgery to separate the verterbrea if they are putting pressure on it spinal cord or nerve?
I have a congenital abnormality of the basilar artery and right vertebral artery (small and foetal configuration). What exercises are safe / avoid?
Exercises: I would avoid strenuous weightlifting exercises.Get a more detailed answer ›
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