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What is displacement of t12/l1 of conus medullaris and is this dangerous. Should I be concerned?

What is displacement of t12/l1 of conus medullaris and is this dangerous. Should I be concerned?

It could cause: symptoms, depending on the degree of displacement/compression. Signs of conus medullaris syndrome include low back pain, numbness in the groin or inner thighs, leg numbness, and foot numbness. Other symptoms include leg weakness, loss of bladder control, difficulty walking. You should discuss with your doctor what the MRI finding means in terms of your clinical situation. ...Read more

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What are the differences between conus medullaris injury and cauda equina injury?

What are the differences between conus medullaris injury and cauda equina injury?

Anatomy: A conus injury is an injury to the tip of spinal cord. A cauda equina syndrome is injury to the collection of nerve roots below the spinal cord. Both can affect bowel and bladder function. ...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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What is the difference between the injuries experienced at the conus medularis and cauda equina?

What is the difference between the injuries experienced at the conus medularis and cauda equina?

cauda vs conus: The conus is still part of the spinal cord, and an injury here could cause weakness, numbness, or bowel/bladder/sexual problems. Upper motor neuron problems occur (brisk reflexes, etc). The cauda equina is the bundle of nerves that the spinal cord terminates as. Problems here could cause similar symptoms, but lower motor neuron findings on exam. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your pulmonary conus is prominent with an aorta knuckle?

What does it mean when your pulmonary conus is prominent with an aorta knuckle?

I think u : Need to see your doc on that one, someone shot an x-ray or ct scan, correct? I've never heard of a pulmonary conus or an aortic knuckle, but doesn't mean they are not part of medical language from your area of the world or something i haven't heard of. ...Read more

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Mri reads:6mm intradural extramedullary lesion on the dorsal aspect of the conus at t1 level. Is this the cause of l leg tightness/severe spasms?

Mri reads:6mm intradural extramedullary lesion on the dorsal aspect of the conus at t1 level. Is this the cause of l leg tightness/severe spasms?

possibly: This is an abnormality that can cause compression of your spinal cord or nerves. This can cause muscle spasms and tightness. Ths should be evaluated by a spine specialist. ...Read more

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