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Dr. Qamar Khan
Board Certified, Pain Management
12 years in practice
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Is surgery needed for indentation of the ventral thecal sac and spinal cord at t8-t9? Bcos dorsal central degenerative intervertebral disc protrusion

Dr. Qamar Khan
Board Certified, Pain Management
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Is surgery needed for indentation of the ventral thecal sac and spinal cord at t8-t9?  Bcos dorsal central degenerative intervertebral disc protrusion

Generally No: Typically surgoens do not perform surgery in this area of the spine as the risk to vital organs is too great. ...Read more

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Dr. Jack Hinkle
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Board Certified, Diagnostic Radiology
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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 ?

Dr. Michael Gabor
Board Certified, Diagnostic Radiology
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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 ?

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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Dr. Jack Hinkle
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Dr. Mark Fisher
Board Certified, Neurology
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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?

Dr. Mark Fisher
Board Certified, Neurology
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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?

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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Dr. Milton Mintz
Board Certified, Geriatrics
62 years in practice
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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

Dr. Milton Mintz
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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

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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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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What is effacement of the ventral thecal sac?

Dr. Thomas Dowling
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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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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Dr. Tariq Niazi
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
38 years in practice
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What is the ventral thecal sac in the lower back?

Dr. Tariq Niazi
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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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Dr. Eric Weisman
Board Certified, Neurology
31 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Eric Weisman
Board Certified, Neurology
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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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Dr. Edward Schmidt
Board Certified, Radiology
30 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Edward Schmidt
Board Certified, Radiology
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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?

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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Dr. James Burns
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
32 years in practice
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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!

Dr. James Burns
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32 years in practice
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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!

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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Dr. Tariq Niazi
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
38 years in practice
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Is the ventral dura and thecal sac the same thing?

Dr. Tariq Niazi
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
38 years in practice
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Yes, for all pract--: Ical purposes, its the same thing.

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