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Mri c-spine w/o contrast on 02-14-2013. Impression: mild left foraminal narrowing c2-c3. Disc ridge complexes c3-c4 through c6-c7 without central stenosis as described. Mild disc bulge c7-t1.

Mri c-spine w/o contrast on 02-14-2013. Impression: mild left foraminal narrowing c2-c3. Disc ridge complexes c3-c4 through c6-c7 without central stenosis as described. Mild disc bulge c7-t1.

Spondylosis: The report describes cervical spondylosis, degeneration of the neck portion of the spine. The abnormalities may or may not be causing symptoms. Your doctor should see if those findings correlate with your story (the history) and your examination. From the description i might think you have neck pain or stiffness without symptoms in your arms. ...Read more

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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Interpret-please.mild broad-based disc bulge L5-S1 may contact S1 nerve root emerging from dural sac. 2 nerve roots don't appear compressed.

Interpret-please.mild broad-based disc bulge L5-S1 may contact S1 nerve root emerging from dural sac. 2 nerve roots don't appear compressed.

Back pain: It means the person who got this done was complaining of back pain probably with some radiation down one of the legs or perhaps even both. Symptoms of numbness, tingling, or burning pain may also be part of this picture. The MRI report is suggesting there is a bulging disc, which is not a hernia, which may be causing irritation of nerve fibers while not physically squeezing them. ...Read more

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New group /cluster of suspicious microcalifications upper outer quadrant middle depth linear -oriented in breast.Concerned ?Breast cancer?

New group /cluster of suspicious microcalifications upper outer quadrant middle depth linear -oriented in breast.Concerned ?Breast cancer?

Need a biopsy: A mammogram is very good in picking up calcifications. The appearance of new calcifications or a change from what was seen previously especially if the configuration is "pleomorphic" or different size and shapes can raise suspicion for cancer and should be followed by a biopsy. Some breast centers will perform an ultrasound to determine if there is a mass associated with the calcifications. ...Read more

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L5s1 laminoforaminotomy aug 2012.Recent MRI shows L5 s1 disc herniation. Scar tissue abutting s1 nerve root neural cysts. Is another surgery an opt?

L5s1 laminoforaminotomy aug 2012.Recent MRI shows L5 s1 disc herniation. Scar tissue abutting s1 nerve root neural cysts. Is another surgery an opt?

Yes, but....: Having another surgery is an option, but you should try conservative treatment like physical therapy first if you are having pain. Every time that you have surgery, you create more scar tissue. Before proceeding with surgery again, you should get a second opinion from another neurosurgeon or orthopedist. ...Read more

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Lung CT scan impression: multiple small nodules largest 6mm ill-defined semisolid noncalcified medial left upper lobe ?

Lung CT scan impression: multiple small nodules largest 6mm ill-defined semisolid noncalcified medial left upper lobe ?

Lung Nodules:: It is fairly common for people to have benign lung nodules that are incidentally found on ct scans. Would recommend a follow-up scan in a few months just to make sure they are not growing. If you smoke, please stop! but, i wouldn't be too worried about these small lung nodules. Check back with your physician for a follow-up plan. ...Read more

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Mri says mild desiccation, slight loss disc height at l5s1, broad based central left sided disc protusion which abuts s1 nerve roots l5.Please explain?

Mri says mild desiccation, slight loss disc height at l5s1, broad based central left sided disc protusion which abuts s1 nerve roots l5.Please explain?

Where the: Nerve roots that are going down your leg where there is a protrusion are getting pressure and that is probably where the piano is from. Surgery probably won't help but steroid injections into the area of pressure might. If that fails surgery might be a last resort depending on how bad the disc protrusion is. I have seen them take out the disc if all conservative management has failed. ...Read more

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Scar tissue had encased my s1 s2 (racepinephrine) nerve roots what to do?

Scar tissue had encased my s1 s2 (racepinephrine) nerve roots what to do?

Avoid surgery!!: Presume you have had a lumbar laminectomy, which eventuated in post-operative scarring. Would avoid further invasive procedures as arachnoiditis can get worse. Instead, why not get involved in aggressive physical therapy, dovetailing into a fitness program with a personal trainer. Fitness will help far more than all our medical regimens. ?Pain specialist? ...Read more

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What does "redemonstration of an ill-defined 11 x 7 mm lytic lesion of the spinous process" mean?

What does "redemonstration of an ill-defined 11 x 7 mm lytic lesion of the spinous process" mean?

Study: I am a proponent of following up with the doctor who ordered your study to get an interpretation. My reasoning is one, they know why it was ordered, they know your clinical story and two they both have access to the radiologist who read it to discuss it and that little thing at the bottom of the report which says clinical impression. ...Read more

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L5-s1 level, mild broad-based posterior disk bulge, left sided laminectomy enhancing postoperative scar tissue abutting the left s1 nerve root means?

L5-s1 level, mild broad-based posterior disk bulge, left sided laminectomy enhancing postoperative scar tissue abutting the left s1 nerve root means?

Complicated: The scar, may or may not be the reason for the residual pain. If there is no pain, nothing to do, if pain is substantial, there are many factors which need to be considered, historically and radio graphically to understand the situation and to make decisions. ...Read more

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Can you put in layman's terms please? midline meningioma approx 3.3 x 2.8 cm in transverse and AP dimensions which abuts sagittal sinus along vertex

Can you put in layman's terms please? midline meningioma approx 3.3 x 2.8 cm in transverse and AP dimensions which abuts sagittal sinus along vertex

Tumor on brain: It's round, a little more than an inch across and it sitting as such tumors often do next to the big tube that carries blood from the top of your brain back to your body. I'm hoping it will be easy to remove. Best wishes. If there is some other way we can help, please let us know ...Read more

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What is the different between one series of Spine MRI pictures to Cervical, Thoracic, or lumbosacral Spine Mri (each separate)?

What is the different between one series of  Spine MRI pictures to Cervical, Thoracic, or lumbosacral Spine Mri (each separate)?

Being able to: optimize MRI technical parameters to specific regions of the spine allows for a more detailed examination than when attempting to image the entire spine in a single field of view. ...Read more

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Pictures of shingles ?

Pictures of shingles ?

Great photos: Here are two great photos (one close up & one showing the pattern at a distance): http://www.Bing.Com/images/search?Q=herpes+zoster+lymph+nodes&id=e89fed9c27dbc2f96582e3333a3adc00d2195a0a&form=iqfrba#view=detail&id=e89fed9c27dbc2f96582e3333a3adc00d2195a0a&selectedindex=0. ...Read more

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Doesn't chest x Ray eliminate the existence of Lung Kaposi Sarcoma for an Hiv individual??

Doesn't chest x Ray eliminate the existence of Lung Kaposi Sarcoma for an Hiv individual??

Not always.: Kaposi Sarcoma in the lung may not be visible on a simple chest x-ray. It may require a more advanced study called a Chest CT which allows doctors to look inside the lung on a more high resolution level. There are many cases when someone with KS in the lung had a normal chest xray. Hopefully this answers your question. ...Read more

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Had ultrasound - finding: upper right groin area ovoid shaped lymph node measuring 3.6 x 0.8 cm. What is the possible diagnosis?

Had ultrasound - finding: upper right groin area ovoid shaped lymph node measuring 3.6 x 0.8 cm. What is the possible diagnosis?

More detail please: did the ultrasound mention whether the lymph node looked normal (other than the size)? usually a biopsy is in order for a lymph node this large. you should make sure you are up to date on your GYN exams and that you don't have any unusual skin lesions on your lower extremities or pelvic area. you may need an excisional biopsy rather than a needle biopsy. ...Read more

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Circular hypoechoic lesion (0.7 x 0.6 x 0.5 c) in midpole of right testicle. No internal vascular flow or calcification found. What is the diagnosis?

Circular hypoechoic  lesion (0.7 x 0.6 x 0.5 c) in midpole of right testicle. No internal vascular flow or calcification found. What is the diagnosis?

Cyst: Hypoechoic and avascular generally mean fluid filled. Although you definitely should be examined by a urologist, this most likely represents a testicular cyst. ...Read more

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3 yrs lytic bone lesions through axial skeleton -skull. Extramedullary hematopoiesis. New MRI spots on brain-bone marrow expansion. Can this be fatal?

3 yrs lytic bone lesions through axial skeleton -skull. Extramedullary hematopoiesis. New MRI spots on brain-bone marrow expansion. Can this be fatal?

Depends: Bone marrow expansion throughout the skeleton typically signals either that the marrow is i appropriately expanding into these compartment such as in a myeloproliferative disorder or the present regions of marrow production are insufficient to keep up with current body needs. Regardless of the cause this is best answered by hands on evaluation, testing and management by an hematologist. ...Read more

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My MRI brain show coalescing granulomata measur 8x 4 mm abutting the cuneus rt side. Neuro told likely neurocysticircosis in dgnrative stag pl adv.

My MRI brain show   coalescing  granulomata measur 8x 4 mm abutting the cuneus rt side. Neuro told likely neurocysticircosis in dgnrative stag pl adv.

Cystercercosis: If you do have an infection with taenia solium, or the pork tapeworm, you might be able to confirm with stool samples which may contain eggs. Since you have a lesion already documented, this does raise a risk of potential seizure activity, and you should discuss with your doctor whether or not it is wise to go on anti-epileptic drug. ...Read more

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Would a radiologist identify multiple 3.4 cm size lung lesions on the outer part of the lung on a chest xray??

Would a radiologist identify multiple 3.4 cm size lung lesions on the outer part of the lung on a chest xray??

Lung nodules/lesions: normally abnormalities larger than 1 cm and sometimes even smaller than 1 cm will be noted by a radiologist interpreting a chest x-ray. Normal structures are not typically mentioned. It's also possible to have lesions visible on a CT scan that won't be visible on a plain chest x-ray either due to size or location possibly hidden by other structures such as the heart, diaphragm, or ribs. ...Read more

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Can young adults (early 20's) be diagnosed with shingles?

Can young adults (early 20's) be diagnosed with shingles?

Yes but rare: Depending on the severity of the shingles (zoster) and risk factors, your doctor may decide to investigate for underlying systemic conditions associated with an immunocomprised state. ...Read more

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I had shingles at 28. Can I have them again, i'm in my 50's.?

I had shingles at 28. Can I have them again, i'm in my 50's.?

Shingles ?: Yes , the virus is in u body and i advise u to take vaccine for it. ...Read more

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What s shingles its cause by a particular food eaten.What do I run away from.What drugs doct?

Shingles: Shingles is reactivation of the varicella virus. You can only get it if you had chicken pox in the past. ...Read more

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What is shingles?

What is shingles?

Herpes zoster: Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is an infection caused by the chicken pox virus. Those who had chicken pox previously recovered from the disease, but never got rid of the virus where it was dormant until the shingles outbreak. Treatments (and a vaccine) are available; see your doctor for more information. ...Read more

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What is shingles?

What is shingles?

Rash: Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes the chicken pox. The virus remains inactive in your body and becomes active again years later. The patient has pain/tingling/burning in a very specific area on one half of the body (dermatome-see picture). A rash appears in the same area. Someone with these symptoms should see their physician right away to get started on treatment. ...Read more

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What is shingles?

What is shingles?

Herpes zoster: Shingles (herpes zoster) is reactivation of the varicella zoster (chickenpox virus), which lives in your nerve cells after you've had chickenpox. It causes painful blisters on a red rash that occur in a linear band on one side of the body. Early treatment speeds recovery. ...Read more

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What is shingles?

Herpes Zoster : Infection of the nerve and skin usually as a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. ...Read more

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What are shingles?

WHAT IS SHINGLES: Shingles is an infectious condition caused by varicella virus which causes chicken pox.Once some one has had chicken pox and it clears ou, the virus stays dormant or inactive in your body for years , and then for some reason it becomes activated, comes out and attack the body and attacks the nerves, appears as rash looks like blistrs and can end up causing severe pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more

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Who gets shingles?

Anyone : It is usually a reoccurrence of the chicken pox virus --- more common in the elderly. ...Read more

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What is shingles ?

What is shingles
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Chicken pox: Shingles is basically a reactivated form of the virus that causes chicken pox (varicella). Also called zoster or herpes zoster. Since we really don't clear the chicken pox virus from our system it can remain dormant and the later on in life reactivate to form the typical shingles clinical pattern. ...Read more

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What are shingles?

Shingles: Shingles is also called herpes zoster. It is caused by the herpes varicella virus and represents a reactivation of chicken pox. ...Read more

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What are shingles?

Shingles : Shingles is a re-emergence of a the chicken pox virus. It pops up along a single nerve and creates a painful, red rash that is often in a line (along the course of the nerve). The rash usually has yellow bubbles (vesicles) surrounded by redness. There are meds to make it go away quicker and prevent chronic pain in the affected nerve. There is also a vaccine if you are over 55. ...Read more

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Is shingles painful?

Absolutely!: If pain persists after the rash is gone - postherpetic neuralgia (phn) - it needs to be treated aggressively so it does not last forever. The greater the severity and duration of the rash, the more like you are to have phn. Also, the older you are when you have shingles, the more likely you are to have phn. See a board certified pain specialist for help. Don't accept that it will just "go away.". ...Read more

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Lesion free shingles?

Lesion free shingles?

Sxs: Sometimes you may experience pain before ther appearance of the shingles rash. ...Read more

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Can shingles reoccur?

Yes: A person can have shingles more than once. His primary care doctor can evaluate to see if there is a weakness in his immune system (or just bad luck, older age, or other bodily stressors) that allowed him to have the first case of shingles. The doctor can give some advice on whether or not the patient should get the shingles vaccine to help prevent a recurrence of shingles. ...Read more

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What triggers shingles?

What triggers shingles?

Decreased immunity: Shingles is a reappearance of chickenpox or varicella zoster virus. After the initial outbreak of chicken pox, the virus hides in the spinal cord in the dorsal root ganglion and may reappear later in life, when we are under high stress or lowered immunity. Long term corticosteroid use can increase the risk of zoster. Symptomsof impending rash include pain and paresthesias. ...Read more

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How can I get shingles?

Herpes zoster: Shingles , also called herpes or varicella zoster, occurs when the v. Zoster virus is reactivated after being dormant within nerve roots since a previous episode of chickenpox. Shingles occurs mainly in people over age 50 and in people with immunosuppressed states that allow the virus to "wake up". ...Read more

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Is sun on shingles okay?

Shingled: Short term yes, but if you get a sun burn on top of them you'll experience a whole new level of very preventable pain. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more