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How To Encourage Effacement
Being pressed on: This means the nerve root is being pressed on as it exits the spine. For example, it could be pressed on by a disc or by changes in the bones or ligaments related to arthritis. However, just because a scan may show the nerve being pressed on doesn't mean it is causing symptoms. This has to be decided after speaking with and examining the patient. ...Read more
Are you: referring to a spine MRI? The lateral recesses are regions along the sides of the spinal canal through which nerve roots run after exiting the dural sac. Effacement means that the space is compromised, usually by a disc or degenerative change, and the nerve root may be compressed. ...Read more
Can't say: specifically without more information or viewing the images, but it is likely referring to mass effect due to the downward displacement of the cerebellar tonsils through the foramen magnum seen in Chiari 1. Normally csf surrounds the cervical cord, the cerebellar tonsils in Chiari occupy this space and "efface" the csf space., so this can create an obstruction to normal csf flow or press on cord. ...Read more
Don't rush: Mother nature will take care of your effacement when the baby is ready. You still have another month to go, so be patient. The longer baby stays inside, the better. So many soon-to-be moms are anxious to give birth, but it best to wait until your body puts you into labor in most cases. Let nature take its course and relax and rest in the meantime. Congratulations ! ...Read more
Bulging disc: The disc at the l5-s1 level is bulging and causing pressure on the spinal sack, but not causing nerve compression. Most of this type of findings on MRI are asymptomatic or possibly a cause of back pain. Core strengthening, pain management, and rarely surgery can improve symptoms. ...Read more
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
What is forminal disk extrusion on the left at T11-12 with partial effacement of the foranimal fat & subsequent forminal stenosis? Cause pain
Disc Herniation: A forminal disk extrusion is a herniated disc. Your description states that the disk has herniated to the left in the lower mid back region. Foraminal stenosis may cause pain or neurologic symptoms to the left side of your body. Please follow up with an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon for possible options. If pain is present you may be able to followup with a pain management specialist. ...Read more
What does it mean that there is generalized disk/osteophyte complex with more focal central protrusion. This causes effacement of the ventral portion?
YOU HAVE A BACKACHE: From a combination of a disk and arthritic spurs, causing pressure on the cord and the nearby nerve(s) producing spinal stenosis (narrowing) of the spinal canal (trapping the nerves and the cord). Most likely resulting in back pain and leg pain/numbness/tingling in the leg or feet. Urinary/bowel symptoms may be present as well. See your orthopod/spine surgeon. ...Read more
I have moderate effacement and compression of anterior surface of cord at c-4-c6 . Also disc ht loss at t9-10 . Would this cause up back pain for 1 yr?
I have a c3-4 disc dessication with broad partial effacement in csf space? What does this mean? Could this paralyze me?
Pressure: Normal gray matter has routine bumps and dips. If the frontal lobe seems not to have the usual presence of areas of prominence mixed with depressions (sulci), but instead is smooth, and effaced, this suggests external pressure smoothing out surface of brain, such as fluid from bleeding causing the change. Ask the radiologist what seems to be changing the anatomy. ...Read more
Thinner: I am not a radiologist, but effacement means thinning. Radiologists have guidelines & standards of what is normal on an MRI. Likely there is a standard thickness of the fat layer between the bladder and vagina, & yours may be thinner than usual. Being a thin person in general would be likely explanation. These words probably describe a normal variation, but you could ask your doctor to explain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
36 weeks pregnant 30 percent effacement and stationed at -2. Can this tell by when my delivery will happen.
I have effacement of nearly all CSF around nerve roots in my spine. Should i still be doing my heavy manual job.
Depends: Spinal stenosis is a condition in which there is narrowing of the spinal canal leading to, as you put it, "effacement of the CSF around the nerve roots in my spine." it is not a dangerous condition and its presentation is quite variable. In general, patients occupation activity level should be such that it does not repetitively cause pain, regardless of what their MRI shows. Thank you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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