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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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Spinal Stenosis (Definition)

A medical condition in which the openings where the 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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What does this mean? Moderate left neural foraminal stenosis and abutment of the exiting L4 nerve root

What does this mean? Moderate left neural foraminal stenosis and abutment of the exiting L4 nerve root

Pain generator: This could be causing the left sided sciatic symptoms. Usually need to know more and do an exam to make sense of the pictures. ...Read more

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What is moderate to severe left neural foraminal stenosis due to disc osteophyte left subarticular disc extursion w/ cranial and caudal migration?

What is moderate to severe left neural foraminal stenosis due to disc osteophyte left subarticular disc extursion w/ cranial and caudal migration?

Arthritis: :worn joint between bones making canal where nerves leave spinal cord tight (stenosis) and disc in between vertebrae are not where they ought to be. It is in the spinal canal moved above and below where they belong. ...Read more

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At c5-c6 small diffuse disc bulge, moderate to severe left neural foraminal stenosis secondary to facet disease?

At c5-c6 small diffuse disc bulge, moderate to severe left neural foraminal stenosis secondary to facet disease?

Question?: I am unsure what your specific question is. If these are the findings on a MRI/CT, the finding can be associated with cervical radiculopathy. The symptoms include pain in the lower neck, shoulder, arm, thumb and index finger. Treatments can range for medications, physical therapy, epidural injections to surgery. A spinal orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon can help decide on the best treatment. ...Read more

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What does hypertrophic change at the T9-T10 facets bilaterally -severe left, moderate right osseous neural foraminal stenosis mean? Lots of pain

What does hypertrophic change at the T9-T10 facets bilaterally -severe left, moderate right osseous neural foraminal stenosis mean? Lots of pain

Cause for back pain.: It means your main nerves coming from your spine that run through your vertebrae can be suffering of compression because overgrowth of the bony area is squeezing it/them. The pain is caused by the nerve itself that might be irritated by contact with the vertebra. Nerves transmit sensation so pain is triggered this way. F/u with your doctor to create a plan of action for treatment. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for "Stable multilevel degenerative changes resulting in up to moderate bilateral neural foraminal stenosis at L4-5.

What is the best treatment for "Stable multilevel degenerative changes resulting in up to moderate bilateral neural foraminal stenosis at L4-5.

L4-5: First you should think if you are having any symptoms because of your back bone stenosis. If you are, then that will need to be dealt with. If you have no symptoms and the back bone sites are stable, then there is nothing to be done at this time. You might check with your orthopod or neurosurgeon regarding back braces for support. ...Read more

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What does hypertrophic change at T9 &T10 facets bilaterally - severe left and moderate right osseous neural foraminal stenosis mean? Cat scan

What does hypertrophic change at T9 &T10 facets bilaterally - severe left and moderate right osseous neural foraminal stenosis mean? Cat scan

Spinal stenosis: You have arthritis in the mid back (thoracic level 9/10). The joints that connect one level with the next are overgrown and compressing the spinal cord and pinching the nerves as they exit the canal. It is important to see a neurosurgeon for an examination to ensure that there is no neurological problems from this arthritis and to develop a treatment plan for pain relief. ...Read more

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Bulging of l5/s1 combined w loss of disc space height causing moderate bilateral neural foraminal stenosis slight compression of L5 nerve roots?

Bulging of l5/s1 combined w loss of disc space height causing moderate bilateral neural foraminal stenosis slight compression of L5 nerve roots?

What is the question: You have not asked a question. What you have is osteoarthritis at l5-s1 of a moderate degree. If back pain is a significant issue you have several options that can help. See an orthopedist or rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Report says: Left sided neural foraminal stenosis with nerve root impingement at the L5-S1 level Is there anything I can do to relieve pain until tx.

Report says: Left sided neural foraminal stenosis with nerve root impingement at the L5-S1 level Is there anything I can do to relieve pain until tx.

A few steps: Even at age 82, you could try some stretching exercises, and even some McKenzie back exercises. Hot soaking in hot tub or bath may alleviate some of the discomfort. Some meds will interact with your warfarin. But you might be able to gain relief from simple OTC meds such as Aleve, (naproxen) ibuprofen, and maybe you could be candidate for epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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My MRI results show lumbar djd with moderate neural foraminal stenosis. Is neural foraminal stenosis another name for radiculopathy?

No: Stenosis means Narrowing, and in this care the foramens or window where the nerves exit are narrowed. If narrowed enough, they may construct the nerve which could lead to radiculopathy. ...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

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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High grade osseous neural foraminal stenosis with cervical spondylosis mean?

High grade osseous neural foraminal stenosis with cervical spondylosis mean?

Pinched nerve: Cervical spondylosis is arthritis in the neck. Foraminal stenosis means narrowing of the space where the nerves exit the spinal canal, in this case caused by bone spurs from arthritis. After they leave the neck these nerves form the three major nerves of the arm, controlling feeling and movement. Stenosis can cause pain, weakness, numbness or tingling in the arm or hand. High grade = severe. ...Read more

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Mri-c6-7 there are bilateral uncovertebral osteophytes causing bilateral neural foraminal stenosis. What does this mean?

Mri-c6-7 there are bilateral uncovertebral osteophytes causing bilateral neural foraminal stenosis. What does this mean?

MRI: The radiologist is describing small spicules of bone that are causing some narrowing of the bony canal through which the nerve runs. The mr findings would have to be correlated to your clinical findings and a neurologist might be helpful there. ...Read more

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Mri shows mild inferior bilateral neural foraminal stenosis at l2/3, and l4/5. Pain has been chronic for years. What is the best medication or cure?

Mri shows mild inferior bilateral neural foraminal stenosis at l2/3, and l4/5. Pain has been chronic for years. What is the best medication or cure?

Treatment options: There are various options for treatment of chronic back pain. If the pain is truly due to mild neuroforaminal stenosis then an epidural injection mght help. Less invasive strategies like extensive physical therapy, pilates, massage therapy, acupuncture are all options. Be sure to have a good evaluation of the cause of the pain. ...Read more

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Mri-very mild broad disc bulge with posterior element hypertrophic changes causing minimal neural foraminal stenosis inferiorly. What does this mean?

Mri-very mild broad disc bulge with posterior element hypertrophic changes causing minimal neural foraminal stenosis inferiorly. What does this mean?

"Arthritic spurs": The radiologist that read the MRI is simply referring to arthritic spurs that are growing forward into the small space on each side of the spine where the nerves exit.

Keep in mind that this is very common in people with no pain at all. This is only relevant if it correlates with your symptoms and physical exam findings. ...Read more

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Should severe multilevel neural foraminal narrowing of the cervical spine and stenosis be concern for paralysis?

Should severe multilevel neural foraminal narrowing of the cervical spine and stenosis be concern for paralysis?

Usually not quick: Unless neck is injured, the quick paralysis does not occur but a gradually progressive paralysis does occur which a neurologist or astute clinician can detect. It can be fixed by surgery and further progression will stop. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a disc protrusion at the L3-S4 and L5-S1 levels without spinal or neural foraminal stenosis?

What does it mean to have a disc protrusion at the L3-S4 and L5-S1 levels without spinal or neural foraminal stenosis?

Common finding: Disc bulging or protrusion of the disc does not correlate very well with the presence or absence of back symptoms (based upon MRI studies). Since you do not have evidence of nerve root or spinal cord compression it would suggest that your pain might be arising from lumbar facet osteoarthritis and/or myofascial pain in the lumbar muscle groups. Has an experienced physical therapist evaluated you? ...Read more

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C4-5 right uncovertebral osteophyte/disc bulge complex broad disc bulge right neural foraminal stenosis & abutment of ventral cervical cord. Meaning?

Not meaningful: These findings on MRI of c spine are simply indicators of arthritic phenomenon with aging or wear and tear. These may or may not clinically corelate with the clinical symptoms or signs of a patient. Examining and ordering physician is in best position to tell if these findings corelate with your symptoms. See a neurologist. ...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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I have mild facet arthropathy from l3-s1 as well as bulging discs at l4-5&l5-s1 and bilateral neural foraminal stenosis @l5-s1. What does this mean?

I have mild facet arthropathy from l3-s1 as well as bulging discs at l4-5&l5-s1 and bilateral neural foraminal stenosis @l5-s1. What does this mean?

Mild Back arthritis: Degenerative changes of spine all above findings are 30% asymptomatic may or not be cause of your symptoms. Now you have a more detailed list of suspects to investigate with a spine specialist. ...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

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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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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What is partially calcified broad based disc protrusion measuring 4mm in ap dimension w/mild central canal stenosis and no significant neural forminal?

What is partially calcified broad based disc protrusion measuring 4mm in ap dimension w/mild central canal stenosis and no significant neural forminal?

Degenerated disk: This is the description of degenerative disk disease as dictated by a radiologist. This is a very common finding and rarely needs surgery. ...Read more

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Mri shows disc protrusion at l5-s1. Mod. Central spinal canal stenosis throughout L spine. Mod degrees of neural forminal stenosis at l4-5 an esp l5-s1?

Degenarative disks: The cartilage disks that cushion vertrebrae, (which are the bones protecting the spinal cord), have degenarated. Usually from wear - tear, the central portion loses water, which causes outer portions to bulge out and press upon surrounding nerve structures. The foramina are tiny holes from which nerves exit the spinal canal which is main space spine sits within vertebral cage. Tends to cause pain ...Read more

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Severe right & moderate left faucet arthropathy Severe left & moderate right foraminal and bilateral recess stenosis. Is this nerve root impingement?

Severe right & moderate left faucet arthropathy Severe left & moderate right foraminal and bilateral recess stenosis. Is this nerve root impingement?

Maybe: Radiographic findings always need to be correlated to physical examination signs and clinical symptoms. If there are symptoms, perhaps; if not, then the nerve root is not affected. ...Read more

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There is left uncovertebral hypertrophy at c5-c6 causing mild to moderate left foraminal stenosis. What does the mean?

Spinal stenosis: This is a condition resulting from degenerative changes in the spine (for you, this would mean the neck). What actually happens is that the bone that protects the spinal cord becomes narrower. This causes pressure at different points on the spinal cord or nerve roots (causing numbness or other symptoms). Here's a great article which might help http://www. Niams. Nih. Gov/health_info/spinal_stenosis/ ...Read more

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What does this mean MRI results c3-c4: left uncovertebral spurring results in moderate-to-severe stenosis of the left neural foramina.

What does this mean MRI results c3-c4: left uncovertebral spurring results in moderate-to-severe stenosis of the left neural foramina.

Possible impingement: It means that degenerative changes at that level are causing bone formation that is narrowing the opening where the C4 nerve root exits the canal. This can cause compression of the nerve root causing pain in that nerve's distribution (cervical radiculopathy). Your doctor can determine if you have pain that corresponds to that nerve root. ...Read more

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I have broad osteophyte complex w/ moderate foraminal stenosis in C6/7. Neck pain, esp. Left shoulder & arm. Is a bone spur pressing on nerve root?

I have broad osteophyte complex w/ moderate foraminal stenosis in C6/7. Neck pain, esp. Left shoulder & arm. Is a bone spur pressing on nerve root?

Yes: Is a bone spur pressing on nerve root? Yes, most likely. That's what osteophyte complex means --- a bone spur. The foramen is the canal through which your nerve route travels. If there is a spur there, you will get pain in that nerve root.
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Started 11/16 Mri results, surgery bound? Multilevel cervical spondylosis with a mild to moderate central spinal canal stenosis at C4-5 with multilevel variable foraminal stenoses, moderate on the left at C5-6 & C6-7. I have done PT, Chiro, 3 inj.

Started 11/16 Mri results, surgery bound? Multilevel cervical spondylosis with a mild to moderate central spinal canal stenosis at C4-5 with multilevel variable foraminal stenoses, moderate on the left at C5-6 & C6-7. I have done PT, Chiro, 3 inj.

Possibly: You are describing MRI findings, but really the key is to know the specific symptoms you are having and then pin point the source for them. For example, if it was felt that your pain was related to a facet joint, radio frequency ablation could still potentially be a good non surgical option for you. Discuss the specifics of your case with your doctor. ...Read more

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Broad based disc osteophyte complex effacing the cal sac at c5-6, c6-7, c7-t1 with mild right and moderate left neural foraminal narrowing at each?

Broad based disc osteophyte complex effacing the cal sac at c5-6, c6-7, c7-t1 with mild right and moderate left neural foraminal narrowing at each?

Neurosurgery consult: If you have symptoms of pain or neurological symptoms of numbness or weakness, it may be time to consult with a neurosurgeon to find out about the future need for possible surgery. I always recommend Neurosurgery for the neck. In the meantime, please see your primary care physician for pain treatment if necessary. ...Read more

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Mri findings of lumbar report: moderate left neural forminal encroachment predominantly secondary to facet arthrosis. Please explain. Thank you?

Mri findings of lumbar report: moderate left neural forminal encroachment predominantly secondary to facet arthrosis. Please explain. Thank you?

Low back pain: The MRI findings that you describe are arthritis of the low back. There may be some pain radiating into the left hip and down the leg (sciatica) due to the overgrowth of the facet joint impinging on the nerve root. See a neurosurgeon to evaluate and treat the low back pain. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for severe left sided neural foraminal stenosis?

Bending to the right: To make the foramen on the left slightly larger. Surgical decompression may be an indication if you start having weakness or loss of muscle in the affected area. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of left foraminal narrowing and mild right foraminal stenosis at T1-T2 shown on MRI?

What are symptoms of left foraminal narrowing and mild right foraminal stenosis at T1-T2 shown on MRI?

Usually none: For most folks with these findings, they do not have any symptoms. Several studies of folks with no symptoms, underwent MRI, 45% had significant findings but no symptoms. Discuss finds with doctor that ordered MRI. Not all MRI findings have associated symptoms. Best of luck with this. Dr R ...Read more

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C3-c4c4-c5 left paracentral osteochondral bar indenting thecal sac no foraminal stenosis. C5-c6 central osteochondral bar indenting thecal sac. Means?

Spinal stenosis: That is another way to describe a condition known as spinal stenosis. One way to say it is that you have developed some bone spurs (oseochondral bars) that are narrowing (narrowing equals stenosis) the central part of the nerve canal but not the for amen. I would discuss your findings and treatment options with your doctor. ...Read more

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How do I know if it is a bone spur or if it is a bulging disc that is impinging a nerve root? I have both with moderate foraminal stenosis in C6/7

How do I know if it is a bone spur or if it is a bulging disc that is impinging a nerve root? I have both with moderate foraminal stenosis in C6/7

The CT/MRI CAN TELL: A compression of a nerve root in the neck can be caused by different problems; generally the imaging studies can determine the specific reason. The CT is better at defining bony contours and can generally tell if a spur is compressing a nerve (or not). The MRI is better at defining soft tissue contours and would be able to determine if a disc (soft tissue) is compressing a nerve. ...Read more

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