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Is foraminal stenosis the same thing as spinal stenosis?

Is foraminal stenosis the same thing as spinal stenosis?

Sort of...: Spinal stenosis means there is decreased space available for the spinal sac & spinal nerves. This can be due to pressure from bulging discs, arthritic joints, thickening of the spinal ligaments, tumors, congential problems, etc. Foraminal stenosis is decreased space available for one of the individual nerves around the area that it exits off the main spinal canal (known as the neural foramen). ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Spinal Stenosis (Definition)

Spinal stenosis is medical condition in which openings where nerves leave the spine are narrowed. As a result of the narrowed openings, nerves can get pinched off, leading to symptoms such as pain, ...Read more


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2010 had cervical mri: moderate to severe foraminal narrowing right side c4-5. In 2013, mri: slight narrowing, no bony spinal stenosis. What to do now?

2010 had cervical mri: moderate to severe foraminal narrowing right side c4-5. In 2013, mri: slight narrowing, no bony spinal stenosis. What to do now?

Depends if symptoms: If you are not having any problems then you do nothing. There is not great correlation between signs and symptoms of and results of spine mris. This means many people with relatively minor findings on MRI can have lots of symptoms like pain, and many people with significant findings on mris have very few symptoms. If you are having problems you need to discuss the results with the ordering doc. ...Read more

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Please explain.Spinal stenosis and neural foraminal stenosis, inferior cervical spine due to posteriordisc osteophyten complex formation, uncovertebral?

Please explain.Spinal stenosis and neural foraminal stenosis, inferior cervical spine due to posteriordisc osteophyten complex  formation, uncovertebral?

Cervical narrowing: Age appropriate changes of a settling cervical spine causing bone spurs and crowding of nerves in neck may cause arm pain and numbess in fingers small and ring with or without neck pain. ...Read more

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What are the long term outcomes of posterior cervical foramenectomy and ACDF For cervical RADICULOPATHY from foraminal/spinal stenosis C4 thru C7?

ACDF outcomes: Even a surgeon can not answer that question. Long term can be pain relief all the way to more pain. I would say if you haven't found a good interventional pain specialist to consult with prior do so now and see what other options there are besides surgery. This is if it is just for pain, if you are having any neurological deficits surgery might be your option. ...Read more

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Please explain the significance of my recent MRI findings on my cervical spine. I have a history of spinal stenosis in the lower back. I recently had an MRI on my cervical spine showing significant to severe foraminal and thecal sac narrowing at multiple

About 20% of people: With lumbar spinal stenosis will have coexisting cervical spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of a bony canal structure such as the central spine canal or the exiting nerve holes known as neuroforamen which when severe enough by imaging studies will be deemed spinal stenosis. ...Read more

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Can neural foraminal , and lumbar spinal stenosis, with ddd at l5-s1. And the stenosis is at l4-5,l5-s1, cause HIGH abn on CBC for WBC mono lymph gran?

Can neural foraminal , and lumbar spinal stenosis, with ddd at l5-s1. And the stenosis is at l4-5,l5-s1, cause HIGH abn on CBC for WBC mono lymph gran?

Ummm....: Let me see if I can translate your post into English: You have bony and disc abnormalities in your lumbar spine and also some hematological abnormalities. Is that the correct rendering? The two have nothing to do with each other. Did you ask the question of your doctor? (I recommend that in future you have a native speaker of English check your question before you post it.) ...Read more

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Havin to wait 6-8mos to see ortho dr, isgood?I have severe spinal stenosis and moderate to severe bilateral stenosis neural forminal stenosis at c5-c6

Havin to wait 6-8mos to see ortho dr, isgood?I have severe spinal stenosis and moderate to severe bilateral stenosis  neural forminal stenosis at c5-c6

Call around : First, call the doctor that you have been referred to and request to be put on their cancellation list in case someone with an earlier appointment cancels. Secondly, that is a particularly long wait for a common problem. You may be able to call other spine surgeons in your area and get an earlier appointment. Check out spine-health.Com and healthgrades.Com to learn more. ...Read more

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Is there any thing to relieve lumbar spinal stenosis?

Yes: In 15%, it can just get better on its own. Sometimes non op care like medication, exercise, a zero degree lordosis back support or epidural injections can give relief. When indicated surgery can be done via a variety of ways depending on the region and levels involved and if there are any other associated spine problems or underlying medical issues. ...Read more

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What is spinal stenosis ?

What is spinal stenosis
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Spinal narrowing: Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal (which contains the spinal cord and nerves) caused by enlargement of the surrounding ligaments and bones. This enlargement creates pressure on the nerves and/or spinal cord and their blood supply resulting usually in back and/or leg pain, especially when the patient is walking upright. The condition usually occurs in older people. ...Read more

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Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more


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Stenosis (Definition)

Constriction or narrowing of something - duct, artery, passage way such as the outlet of the stomach into the small ...Read more