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Doctor insights on: Effacement Of The Ventral Thecal Sac

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What is effacement of the ventral thecal sac?

Basically, it means: There is slight or minimal compression externally placed onto the outer covering of the spinal cord which can be from a variety of conditions usually not leading to any neurologic findings or even symptoms. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with effacement of the ventral thecal sac on the l3-l4 level and along with some symptoms am wondering what this means?

I've been diagnosed with effacement of the ventral thecal sac on the l3-l4 level and along with some symptoms am wondering what this means?

Effacement: Means thinning. Ventral means the front of the spinal cord. The thecal sac is the encasement of the spinal cord. Ventral thecal sac effacement is thinning of the covering of the anterior spinal cord at L3-L4. By itself, this finding is usually of little concern and requires no specific treatment This can be due to a protrusion of the intervertebral disc or arthritic change. Your Doctor can advise. ...Read more

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Looking over the findings of my mri, it says: c6-c7 shows a central spur with ventral effacement of the thecal sac. What does that mean exactly?

Looking over the findings of my mri, it says: c6-c7 shows a central spur with ventral effacement of the thecal sac. What does that mean exactly?

Degenerative changes: Degenerative changes in the cervical spine cause the vertebral body to form bone spurs. The bone spurs then encroach into the spinal canal. The first thing to happen next is the the structure around the spinal cord is displaced or compress by the spurs. In this case the dural sac that surrounds the spinal cord. ...Read more

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What is the ventral thecal sac in the lower back?

What is the ventral thecal sac in the lower back?

Within the bony ---: Structures of the back, the spinal cord (sc), which is the continuation of the brain, lies. The sc is surrounded by a layer, called the thecal sac. The front aspect of this is called the ventral t sac, while at the back, its the dorsal (or posterior) t sac.
Its present from the neck down to the lower back. This sac contains the spinal fluid which bathes the sc, providing it nutrition. ...Read more

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What is a t8-9 2mm left paracentral disk protrusion with slight deformity of the ventral thecal sac?

What is a t8-9 2mm left paracentral disk protrusion with slight deformity of the ventral thecal sac?

Herniated Disc: The ventral thecal sac is the front side of the thecal sac, which is a membrane that surrounds the spinal cord and some cerebrospinal fluid. A disk protrusion may cause the sac to deform in shape. This is due to a herniated disc. Neurologic symptoms may occur if the spinal cord is impinged upon. ...Read more

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What is facet hypertrophy l Flatten the ventral thecal sac and encroach upon the lateral recesses abutment of the traversing nerve roots?

What is facet hypertrophy l Flatten the ventral thecal sac and encroach upon the lateral recesses abutment of the traversing nerve roots?

Pain and weakness: Can result from compression of the nerves that exit at the level of the narrowing caused by bony overgrowth of the facets (the area where the vertebral bones meet) In the lumbar region the nerves exit at a higher level and "traverse" the space next to the facets below this before they exit the spinal canal at a lower level. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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What does this mean on an MRI report c5-c6: there is a central disc protrusion indenting the ventral thecal sac?

What does this mean on an MRI report c5-c6: there is a central disc protrusion indenting the ventral thecal sac?

A disc abuts spinal: In the neck at the c5-c6 level, the intervertebral disc protrudes posteriorly from the spine, and pushes upon the anterior aspect of the thecal sac that contains the spinal cord.

This herniating disc material may abut or comress the spinal canal, possibly resulting with spasm. ...Read more

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My MRI shows l4-5 mild broad-based disc bulge, which slightly indents the ventral thecal sac. Prominent facets. Please help!

My MRI shows l4-5 mild broad-based disc bulge, which slightly indents the ventral thecal sac. Prominent facets. Please help!

That kind of: Radiologic diagnosis can be attributed to thousands of mri's and by itself means nothing. You must have had some symptoms before the MRI was done and those symptoms may or may not be related to the findings. Please relax and know that those findings are general and not specific for anything. ...Read more

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Does it require surgery if there is no CSF with indent of ventral thecal sac on c-5/c-6?

Does it require surgery if there is no CSF with indent of ventral thecal sac on c-5/c-6?

Risk mitigation: If only the thecal sac is indented and spinal cord not compressed, surgery would be an extreme remedy, but the description suggests that disc is close, and if symptoms progress, may need surgery. Handle conservatively at first, but see what a spinal surgeon opines. ...Read more

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Can I get approved for disability for herniated nucleus pulposus which indents the ventral aspect of the thecal sac?

Can I get approved for disability for herniated nucleus pulposus which indents the ventral aspect of the thecal sac?

No: Ultimately this decision would rest with your doctor, but what you are describing many many people have. And many of them do nothave symptoms. ...Read more

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L5-S1 Herniation associated with an annular tear and producing impingement upon left ventral portion of the thecal sac. Can I get better, if yes How?

L5-S1 Herniation associated with an annular tear and producing impingement upon left ventral portion of the thecal sac. Can I get better, if yes How?

Conservative measure: Not every patient with a disc herniation needs surgery, in fact most do not. Patients can opt to exhaust conservative measures such as physical therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, rest, ice or heat, pain medications, activity modification and lumbar epidural steroid injections ...Read more

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C6-C7 R disk protrusion w/mild mass effect on the ventral aspect of thecal sac. CSF ventral to R side of cord completely effaced. Plz explain.?

C6-C7 R disk protrusion w/mild mass effect on the ventral aspect of thecal sac. CSF ventral to R side of cord completely effaced. Plz explain.?

Explanation: You have a herniated disc in your neck. My concern from this report is how much neuroforaminal stenosis there is at c6/7. As mentioned prior. I can be available for a full consultation. ...Read more

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Female (55) C4 C5 osteophyte complex indents ventral thecal sac/lateral recess. Disc protrusion contacts/flattens ventral hemicord?

Female (55) C4 C5 osteophyte complex indents ventral thecal sac/lateral recess. Disc protrusion contacts/flattens ventral hemicord?

Not sure of your?: If you're asking about the imaging results you posted, you have a bone spur that is growing off of two of your vertebrae. It is large enough that it is pressing against your spinal cord and possibly some of the nerves that are exiting from the spinal cord. Your doctor will recommend treatment based on the severity of your symptoms. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my MRI says diffuse disc bulge of l4-l5 intervertible disc causing ventral thecal sac indentation. Disc desication of l5-s1, what I do?

What do you suggest if my MRI says diffuse disc bulge of l4-l5 intervertible disc causing ventral thecal sac indentation. Disc desication of l5-s1, what I do?

This is part: Of the spectrum of degenerative disc disease. Whether it might be causing symptoms or not depends in part on how severe the thecal sac indentation is, so you need to speak with your doctor about it. ...Read more

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My MRI says diffuse disc bulge of l4-l5 intervertible disc causing ventral thecal sac indentation. Disc desication of l5-s1. What does this mean? What do I need to do?

My MRI says diffuse disc bulge of l4-l5 intervertible disc causing ventral thecal sac indentation. Disc desication of l5-s1. What does this mean? What do I need to do?

You need to...: ...ask your doc to go over the images with you & point out & explain the findings. In radiology, words are really no substitute for pictures. But don't waste your & your doctor's time by going in there cold. You owe it to yourself and him/her to do your homework first. Read up on & look at pictures of lumbar spine anatomy & pathology. Request your own copy of the image CD to study at home. ...Read more

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What is foraminal narrowing and ventral thecal sac indentation? I also have osteoarthritis in my back alon with nerve pain in both legs

What is foraminal narrowing and ventral thecal sac indentation? I also have osteoarthritis in my back alon with nerve pain in both legs

Spinal stenosis: Possible cause. Arthritis underlying it- narrowing foramina means nerves leading down legs are being compressed ;'irritated- sciatica should be followed by your pcp ; orthopedist. ...Read more

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What does all this mean? C2-3 small disk osteophyte complex with ventral thecal sac deformity. C4-5 disk osteophyte complex with ventral cord flattening. C 5-6 Facet arthropathy and uncovertebral hypertrophy is severe right neural foraminal stenosis. Face

What does all this mean? C2-3 small disk osteophyte complex with ventral thecal sac deformity. C4-5 disk osteophyte complex with ventral cord flattening. C 5-6 Facet arthropathy and uncovertebral hypertrophy is severe right neural foraminal stenosis. Face

Degenerative: Basically refers to degenerative (aging) changes of the spine. Disk/osteophyte refers to bone spur and/or disc protrusion, and facet/uncovertebral hypertrophy refers to arthritis of the joints at the back part (facets) and sides (uncovertebral) of the vertebrae. Ventral thecal sac deformity and ventral cord flattening refer to slight pressure on the spinal cord. Stenosis refers to pinched nerve. ...Read more

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I had an MRI it's says bilateral lateral recess stenosis, identation ventral thecal sacar noted and foramina mildly narrow bilaterally is this bad??

I had an MRI it's says bilateral lateral recess stenosis, identation ventral thecal sacar noted and foramina mildly narrow bilaterally is this bad??

Spinal stenosis: No. This is a mild form of arthritis in the low back. Like gray hair and wrinkles arthritis is a part of aging. While there is no cure, you can slow it down with strengthening core muscles, maintain a normal weight, and avoid tobacco products. Focus on occupations that do not require manual labor. People who do heavy lifting, bending, and stooping usually retire 10 years earlier than desk jobs. ...Read more

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Post. Disc herniation w/ assoc. Annular tear, completely effaces ventral thecal & produces mass effect upon cord, Max AP 7 mm mod. Foramen [email protected] C4-5?

Post. Disc herniation w/ assoc. Annular tear, completely effaces ventral thecal & produces mass effect upon cord, Max AP 7 mm mod. Foramen encroc@ C4-5?

Spine Specialist: By definition you have spinal stenosis in the neck due to the disc herniation. If it is causing problems, see a spine specialist to discuss your options. Epidural steroid injections may relieve the pain, but the disc will take time to heal. If its getting worse or your are noticing weakness see a surgeon to discuss your options. ...Read more

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What does mild l4-l5 diffuse disc bulging with anterior thecal sac effacement mean?

What does mild l4-l5 diffuse disc bulging with anterior thecal sac effacement mean?

Disc bulge: It means that the disc is somewhat compressing the sac around the spinal canal. In some patients, this may cause neurologic deficit or be completely asymptomatic. ...Read more

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L5-s1 shows annular tear and a central protrusion touching both s1 roots and thecal sac. No effacement or deformity. Nerve roots exit normally.

Your question is?: If the disc is worsening and causing weakness, muscular atrophy and/or numbness, and especially if initiation of urination is troublesome, need to have a spinal surgeon involved. Otherwise, conservative therapies may be successful. An EMG test may determine extent of nerve damage at this point and act as a baseline. ...Read more

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What does disc/spur with protrusion/bulging, particualary at c5-6 c6-7 c4-5 centerally and right parcentrally, with anterior thecal sac effacement?

Slipped disc: Most people who have a slipped disc and low back pain have it in the low back (the lumbar spine). You have it in your neck where there are 8 cervical vertebrae. You might have neck pain, upper back or shoulder pain, headache or scalp pain if so the respective nerves are compressed. ...Read more

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Meaning and is it serious? Central disc protrusion at t7-8 causes effacement of anterior thecal sac. Mild pressure on ventral aspect of thoracic cord.

Meaning and is it serious? Central disc protrusion at t7-8 causes effacement of anterior thecal sac. Mild pressure on ventral aspect of thoracic cord.

Cord Health: If the report is correct, the pressure on the thoracic cord could be causing symptoms of weakness, numbness, and urinary problems.

This is something that you should discuss with your doctor today. Any changes in how you are walking, weakness, or bladder changes. Are concerning and would require immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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What does it mean when MRI report say c4c5 facet arthrosis and posterior disc osteophyte complex resulting in mild effacement of the thecal sac?

What does it mean when MRI report say c4c5 facet arthrosis and posterior disc osteophyte complex resulting in mild effacement of the thecal sac?

Back trouble!: Depends on your symptoms whether just a finding or a cause of trouble.
C- is cervical-neck
4-5 of the usual C1-7!
Osteophytes are bony prominences from arthritis and changes.
Thecal is sac around nerves and cord.
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Could near complete effacement of the thecal sac cause neuro problems with eyes, dizziness and nausea. I also have a gross swelling of right hand.?

Could near complete effacement of the thecal sac cause neuro problems with eyes, dizziness and nausea. I also have a gross swelling of right hand.?

Probably unrelated: The thecal sac is what surrounds the spinal cord and contains spinal fluid. Effacement just means that there is no fluid in the space around the spinal cord. This can be from pressure inside the cord, outside the cord, or a non-specific normal variant. You need to discuss this with your doctor and get a thorough neurological evaluation. ...Read more

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What is mild effacement of the ventral CSF space?

CSF: It depends on the clinical situation. What is the background information for gettig the mri? ...Read more