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Hypertrophy (Definition)

Hypertrophy is an increase in size of an organ or tissue, or a particular part of the body. Examples include muscle hypertrophy due to lifting weights, ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of a ventricle of the heart) due to high blood pressure or other heart disorders, or prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement of ...Read more


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What is neural forminal hypertrophic vhanges of the ligamentum flavum bilataterally bulging of intervertebral disc and facet arthropathy?

What is neural forminal hypertrophic vhanges of the ligamentum flavum bilataterally bulging of intervertebral disc and facet arthropathy?

Anatomy: Not enough space here to write. If you google these things, you will find nice pictures to explain it all. Foramen is the "hole" in the bone where your nerve roots exit. Facets are the joints that hold vertebrae together. Ligamentum flavum is a ligament within the bones that runs down the spinal canal. All of these problems you mention can lead to back pain and nerve related pain. ...Read more

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What is bilateral facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy?

What is bilateral facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy?

Degeneration: Hypertropy of the facets and ligamentum flavum refers to the expansion of these structures in the setting of degeneration. These can cause stenosis (narrowing) with compromise of the nerves going to the legs, as well as back pain. ...Read more

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What is lumbar hypertrophic disease in facet joints and thickening of the ligamentum flavum?Mild-moderate facet hypertrophy L3-S1,lig flav thick L3-L4

What is lumbar hypertrophic disease in facet joints and thickening of the ligamentum flavum?Mild-moderate facet hypertrophy L3-S1,lig flav thick L3-L4

It means there are: Degenerative changes occurring leading to enlargement of the small joints of the spine (2at each level ) along with degenerative enlargement of a ligament that connects each segment or level of the spine that could eventually lead to an overall narrowing of the spinal canal which may lead to a condition known as spinal stenosis. Smoking, being obese & a family hx of arthritis can accelerate it. ...Read more

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What should I do about l5-s1 mild bilateral facet arthropathy & hypertrophy?

What should I do about l5-s1 mild bilateral facet arthropathy & hypertrophy?

Interventional Pain: See an interventional pain physician. Radiofrequency lesioning has good results for facet arthropathy. ...Read more

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I got an MRI 8yearsago. Finding are ... There is mild hypertrophy of l4-l5 and l5-s1 bilaterally. -impression: mild facet arthropathy same spots..

I got an MRI 8yearsago. Finding are ... There is mild hypertrophy of l4-l5 and l5-s1 bilaterally.     -impression: mild facet arthropathy same spots..

Mild arthritis: Abnormal MRI scans are more the norm, actually. As we age, just like wrinkles of the skin, the disks and joints of the back age and will show signs of arthritis. This does not mean pain. The vast majority of people with abnormal findings, in fact, are asymptomatic. In the absence of pain, really nothing further to do. These findings i would consider fairly normal for age. ...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 have mild lumbar hypertrophic disease in the facet joints with ligamentum flavum thickening. Will it progress or can it be reversed?

I have mild lumbar hypertrophic disease in the facet joints with ligamentum flavum thickening. Will it progress or can it be reversed?

Progressive: This is a progressive condition. It is unusual for a 27 years old to develop significant degenerative disease. There may be mechanical factors like scoliosis, leg length discrepency or abnormalities of the joints of the lower limbs. A physiatrist or experienced physical therapist may be able to help. ...Read more

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Facet (Definition)

Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise ...Read more


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