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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

Fusion (Definition)

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


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Could it be Klippel-feil syndrome? At 12yrs old, learned I have congenital (45degree) cervicothoracic scoliosis w/congenital cervical fusion.

Could it be Klippel-feil syndrome? At 12yrs old, learned I have congenital (45degree) cervicothoracic scoliosis w/congenital cervical fusion.

YES: The fusion of any two cervical verterbrae can be an expression of Klippel-Feil Syndrome and the scoliosis can be due to the effects of the fusion on the normal S shaped curving of the spine....Hope this helps!

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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

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

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

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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Who is the foremost specialist in the world on nonscoliotic congenital abnormalties of the spine in shape or extra vertebrae?

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

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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

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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 joints can be found at the top of the cervical vertebrae?

Axis, atlas: And the occiput

http://www. Physio-pedia. Com/Cervical_Instability#Clinically_Relevant_Anatomy

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Is a congenital anomaly in the cervix is dangerous?

Is a congenital anomaly in the cervix is dangerous?

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

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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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Do you know if a congenital anomaly in the cervix is dangerous?

Do you know if a congenital anomaly in the cervix is dangerous?

Depends: If you have a stenotic cervix or double cervix, you may have other anomalies that may warrant a full work up. ...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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Anyone know if a congenital anomaly in the cervix is dangerous for childbirth?

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

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I was diagnosed by a neurologist that I have congenital cervical stenosis. Can that reverse itself?

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

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Back to play with congenital cervical stenosis? What are my different options other than surgery, if any?

Back to play with congenital cervical stenosis? What are my different options other than surgery, if any?

Choices: Even surgery won't make you safe to play football pick from a list of thousands of other sports avoid paralysis. ...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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50yroldw/ 1x2 CM pineal cyst, small cervical syrinx and expanding t-spine central canal w/ symptomatic perineural cysts. Congenital?

Sounds likely: Diseases involving other organs occur such as polycystic kidney or polycystic ovaries occur. The central nervous system is not immune from such malformations. ...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 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?

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?

No.: Give me more info. An extra segment is not a known cause of discomfort in itself. Neck and back pain causes are multifactoral. You might profit from reading my book "Stop Your Neck Pain and Headache Now." Isometric and other exercises work. ...Read more

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Looking for info/ congenital spinal stenosis. I have diverse weak muscles + cervical spondylarthrosis, still active, but want to prevent for old age?

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

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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

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

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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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Hi doc. I have congenital deformity in my 5th & 6th vertebra in my backbone causing hard pain. What should I do?

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

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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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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?

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?

Not exactly: You could have surgery to decompress a nerve in that area that is compressed, but surgery to seperate two congenitally fused vertebrae is not done or recommended in that area. ...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

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

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