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Narrowing of my cervical spinal canal at 31 years old. Is this normal?

Narrowing of my cervical spinal canal at 31 years old. Is this normal?

Not age related: The width of spinal canal is developmental and not acquired, usually less than 13 mm in an adult is considered narrow. Its importance is that one is more likely to develop symptoms with degenerative disease of the spinal column later in life. ...Read more

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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more


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What causes neck arthritis is a young adult? My MRI showed narrowing of the disc space and a slight bulge.

What causes neck arthritis is a young adult? My MRI showed narrowing of the disc space and a slight bulge.

Incidental finding: Up to 15% of people under 40 have MRI evidence of degenerative changes. What was the reason your physician ordered the mri? What were your symptoms? ...Read more

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My daughter was diagnosed with Stenosis of the Foramen Magnum and a syrinx extending from C1-Tll at age 6. What is expected long term?

My daughter was diagnosed with Stenosis of the Foramen Magnum and a syrinx extending from C1-Tll at age 6. What is expected long term?

Surgery @ some point: The syrinx may not be very symptomatic now but this with the narrowing of the bony entrance to the spinal cord will likely cause chronic headaches and other symptoms by the teen years. At some point they will want to go in and remove the bag like syrinx and create more room in the bony entrance to the cord. It is a major surgery but in gifted hands can solve the problem. ...Read more

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Why is there squishy puffiness at the base of my spina bifida child's spine? He had a tethered cord surgery 4 years ago and it's around the scar.

Why is there squishy puffiness at the base of my spina bifida child's spine? He had a tethered cord surgery 4 years ago and it's around the scar.

Difficult to say.: It's hard to say without examining him. It could be anything from keloid to infection; please have his doctor see him this week. ...Read more

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I had anterior cervical discectomy with fusion and plates at c5-c7. My current MRI looks like one of the screws is pulling on spinal cord this possibl?

I had anterior cervical discectomy with fusion and plates at c5-c7. My current MRI looks like one of the screws is pulling on spinal cord this possibl?

Artifact: Impossible to say for certain without the images, but metallic objects like screws cause a magnetic susceptibility or "bloom" artifact which obscures or distorts adjacent anatomy. It is not real, it is an artifact due to the interaction of the magnetic field with the screw. This commonly causes the thecal sac/cord to look distorted on MRI. ...Read more

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I am 17 year old with a 7 mm synovial cyst at right facets atl4-l5 outside the spinal canal. My baby brother had tethered cord /syringomyelia. Should i be concerned?

I am 17 year old with a 7 mm synovial cyst at right facets atl4-l5 outside the spinal canal. My baby brother had tethered cord /syringomyelia. Should i be concerned?

Likely unrelated: While it could be possible that there is a slight increase of spinal problems in your family over the general population a synovial cyst is not related to a tethered cord. As long as it is not causing compression of the nerve roots a synovial cyst can very well be watched but i would discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Little pain at the end of the spinal cord. I am 18years old. What may be the problem?

Little pain at the end of the spinal cord. I am 18years old. What may be the problem?

See details: The possible causes are many including issues such as sprains or congenital problems. If you are concerned have the problem evaluated and x rays done. ...Read more

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What are the chances of spinal fusion of the c4-5 disc not working? After a year and a half my 53 year old mother has no relief.

What are the chances of spinal fusion of the c4-5 disc not working? After a year and a half my 53 year old mother has no relief.

There is always the: Possibility of non-union after any fusion surgery. She might another (re-fusion) surgery. Talk it with your surgeon or get a 2nd opinion; or the cause of pain be something else. ...Read more

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Spinal stenosis at 22 years old, is this normal?

Spinal stenosis at 22 years old, is this normal?

Spinal stenosis: The answer is no - spinal stenosis is a disease that occurs with aging, most commonly in the sixth and seventh decades of life. But having said that spinal stenosis can occur in a younger person, a problem likely that has been present since birth. The concern would be if this stenosis is causing pain or weakness problems then one might need to consider surgical solutions. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my 57 year old mother's spine MRI to have every disc completely black? (every disc)

Is it normal for my 57 year old mother's spine MRI to have every disc completely black? (every disc)

Yes: As discs age, they lose moisture content (desiccate). This shows up as loss of the normally bright signal on t2 images of an MRI scan -- they get dark. When the discs bulge, or worse, herniate posteriorly into the spinal canal, then problems such as spinal stenosis or nerve root compression can arise. This can cause pain and/or nerve injury in the lumbar spine. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of having spinal tumors when degenerative disk disease has been assessed at 27? L4-l5 annular fissure has now became herniated

What is the likelihood of having spinal tumors when degenerative disk disease has been assessed at 27? L4-l5 annular fissure has now became herniated

Lumbar disc: Highly unlikely of a tumor. Modern imaging rules this out 99 % of the time. Radiologists often leave differentials in their reports...Ie a list of common and uncommon possibilities. Consult a spine surgeon, physiatrist, or neurologist for further analysis. ...Read more

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If a large disc extrusion at c3/c4 is indenting the cord and have ddd central canal stenosis at same level. How serious is this. Arm neck wrist pain?

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See Spine Surgeon: "Indenting the cord" and central canal stenosis is quite serious and can result in permanent nerve damage/weakness. You should see a spine surgeon who completed orthopedic or neurosurgery training immediately. The problem can be decompressed and preserve nerve function. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 20 year old female of average build to have moderate facet arthrosis/hypertrophy of lumbar spine? What causes it so young??

Is it normal for a 20 year old female of average build to have moderate facet arthrosis/hypertrophy of lumbar spine?  What causes it so young??

Yes: yes, it is unusual. One has to look for other causes of metabolic bone disease or endocrine disease of parathyroid diabetes or malformation of the adjacent joints or vertebra. ...Read more

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My father had a surgery 10 years ago at the lower back for herniated disc. Why is his left pulp vibrating non stop?

My father had a surgery 10 years ago at the lower back for herniated disc. Why is his left pulp vibrating non stop?

Vertebral discs: There are discs in between the bones of the spine. Sometimes they can be injured. They are similar to a tough rubber or plastic material. On the inside, there is a softer material (pulp) which can herniate out (squeeze out) when the disc is torn. A great deal of force is needed to do this- like a car accident, lifting something very heavy, playing certain sports are examples. ...Read more

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What is spinal stenosis and what causes it? I have it in my cervical and lumbar spine. My 15 yr old just had X-ray show it around l5s1. Causes?

What is spinal stenosis and what causes it? I have it in my cervical and lumbar spine. My 15 yr old just had  X-ray show it around l5s1. Causes?

Cervical stenosis: Causes: -narrowing of cervical spinal canal -associated other predisposing factors -congenital cervical fusions -ligamentous instability -intervertebral disc disease. ...Read more

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Is there a condition that causes rapid decline in a healthy 68 yr old woman? My mom's only complaint is sciatica pain and lower spine spondylosis.

Is there a condition that causes rapid decline in a healthy 68 yr old woman? My mom's only complaint is sciatica pain and lower spine spondylosis.

Unsure: Sciatica and spine spondylosis should only result in back and leg pain. Not sure what your mean by decline. If concerned i would recommend follow-up with her pcp for further evaluation. ...Read more

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