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Sacral dimple possible side effects?

Sacral dimple possible side effects?

Adult/child: Babies born with a sacral dimple (at the tip of the coccyx) rarely have any issue other than dermatitis if deep and not cleaned. Any 'dimple' above the hips in a ababy needs evaluation. Adults probably have a pilonidal sinus which can become an abscess and need surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more


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Any side effects to lower lumbar nerve blocks?

Any side effects to lower lumbar nerve blocks?

Yes: Quite uncommon like infection, nerve damage, spinal headaches and failure to achieve goals. ...Read more

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Pinched lumbar nerves. Any negative side effects to long term mechanized traction to relieve pinch nerve?

Pinched lumbar nerves. Any negative side effects to long term mechanized traction to relieve pinch nerve?

No, not Realy: As long as mechanical stretch gives you productive hours in your day, it is a good technique. If you forgo stretch of your legs, conditioning and strengthening exercise you will not achieve full recovery. When you know you have bad discs, avoid prolonged sitting, driving, and jarring sports which lead to chronic facet problems (arthritis) in the back. Inversion techniques / yoga mimic traction. ...Read more

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Compressed right ventral cord @ C4/5 due to disc protrusion. Spinal column 9mm. Severe bilateral foraminal stenosis. Pain. Risks to forgoing surgery?

Compressed right ventral cord @ C4/5 due to disc protrusion. Spinal column 9mm. Severe bilateral foraminal stenosis. Pain. Risks to forgoing surgery?

C4/5 surgery risks: Compressed right ventral cord @ C4/5 due to disc protrusion. Spinal column 9mm. Severe bilateral foraminal stenosis. Pain. Risks to forgoing surgery? ANS: Only you and your team in LA can properly assess risks and benefits of surgery vs watchful waiting in you. You may want to get second opinion as well. Sounds serious to me though. So work with them now. ...Read more

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Spinal cord insult, on high dose gabapentin post compressions, laminectomies?

Spinal cord insult, on high dose gabapentin post compressions, laminectomies?

Pain management: Gabapentin can help reduce pain from neurologic injuries. It does not fix anything, however. Your question is lacking a point. Has your spinal cord injury been helped by the decompression? ...Read more

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What's the implication of left disk osteofyte complex mass effect on central subarachnoid space abutting ventral cord but not displacing it?

Nothing much: You have a spur growing in an arthritic joint. This suggests that your neck pain can be from arthritis. Since there are many causes of a pain in the neck (other than people) why not read my book "Stop Your Neck Pain and Headache Now." ...Read more

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What are potential complications of spinal cord trauma?

What are potential complications of spinal cord trauma?

Many: In the acute period: further loss of cord function, pneumonia, blood clots, pressure sores, urinary tract infections, acute depression. Later on: urinary tract infection, pressure sores, autonomic dysreflexia (severe high blood pressure), fractures and deformity of the paralyzed limbs, osteoporosis, depression. ...Read more

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Epidural spinal injection side effects for ankylosing spondylitis?

Epidural spinal injection side effects for ankylosing spondylitis?

No difference: Epidural injections can be done to relieve pain and inflammation from a number of spinal conditions; risks are the same. Tenderness at the injection site is common but doesn't last long. More serious problems such as bleeding, infection, or nerve damage are very rare but possible; these injections should only be done by trained physicians. ...Read more

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L3-L4diffuse disc bulge w/left paracentral/foraminal protrusion in combo w/facetarthrosis causes mass effect on descending L nerve root,?

L3-L4diffuse disc bulge w/left paracentral/foraminal protrusion in combo w/facetarthrosis causes mass effect on descending L nerve root,?

Impingement of nerve: It sounds like you have impingement on Lumbar nerve from combination of arthritis and bulging disc (the referred to mass from both of those). You could be having pain from that impingement. ...Read more

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Cervical extradural cyst from TBI,appx 1/3 sz of canal,pushing spinal cord up.Weakness arms/hands,sluggish,severe neck/shoulder pain r side.Removal?

Cervical extradural cyst from TBI,appx 1/3 sz of canal,pushing spinal cord up.Weakness arms/hands,sluggish,severe neck/shoulder pain r side.Removal?

Sounds reasonable: You would certainly want to discuss the specifics of your case with your surgeon, but if you have a cyst pressing on your spinal cord to the extent it is causing weakness in your extremities, surgery is certainly a consideration. ...Read more

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What are the respiratory effects of spinal cord injuries at c7-8?

What are the respiratory effects of spinal cord injuries at c7-8?

Minimal: In such injuries the phrenic nerve remains intact. Only intercostal nerves aren't working; adaptation rapidly develops. ...Read more

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Accodental dural puncture with epidural what are risks & side effects?

Accodental dural puncture with epidural what are risks & side effects?

Dural pucture: There is always a risk with a needle injection in the spine of dural puncture especially with a blind or unguided technique, and can happen at any spinal level. Risks are increased in thin or cachetic people especially who are dehydrated, young pregnant women as well and inexperienced operators. Mostly headach is the most common effect but irritation of the spine can occur in rare cases. ...Read more

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Conjoined l5/s1 nerve root on rt side after spinal fusion.Scarring in the spinal canal at l4-5 especially on the rt side intervertebral foramen ?

Conjoined l5/s1 nerve root on rt side after spinal fusion.Scarring in the spinal canal at l4-5 especially on the rt side intervertebral foramen ?

Conjoined nerve root: A conjoined nerve root is a congenital condition. It cannot be acquired from surgery. It does make surgery more difficult and the patient may be more prone to radiculopathy or nerve root problems. The larger nerve root sleeve that contains to spinal nerve roots is more easily injured. ...Read more

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Question about cauda equina syndrome caused by spinal nodule/tumor on cauda equina nerve roots - possible metastasis with severe increasing symptoms?

Question about cauda equina syndrome caused by spinal nodule/tumor on cauda equina nerve roots - possible metastasis with severe increasing symptoms?

Don't delay: Cauda equina syndrome is the loss of sensation or strength in the legs, along with loss of bowel and bladder control. It can be caused by tumor masses compressing nerve roots emanating from the lower part of the spinal cord. It is a medical emergency that may require surgery or radiation to prevent a permanent loss of function. ...Read more

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What are nerve stimulator implants side effects?

What are nerve stimulator implants side effects?

Risk vs benefits: Infection is the #1 risk which is less than 4% per 2004 study in journal neurosurgery spine. Less common risks include bleeding, nerve irritation/damage, allergic reaction, hardware malfunction, pain at implant site, dysesthesias, and spinal headache. The risks are fairly low in the hands of an experienced physician, and the benefits can be great. Talk to your doc about details. ...Read more

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MRIreadsC3-4 disc herniation stenosis with ap of 0.7cm? indention on spinal cord. Could this cause left leg weakness from the hips down

MRIreadsC3-4 disc herniation stenosis with ap of 0.7cm? indention on spinal cord.  Could this cause left leg weakness from the hips down

Potentially: If spinal cord becomes severe enough, it can start to affect the legs, although there are other potential causes. Either way, I would be seen in follow up immediately. ...Read more

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Esi booked, cause of pain not known, MRI showed no compressed nerve so is esi the right treatment? Serious risks how likely, CSF leak, paralyses etc. Pain/burning spreads from face/teeth/neck/shoulder

Face pain: Face pain that spreads to the neck and shoulder is generally not spine related. Other causes can be from the jaw, mouth or brain. An epidural steroid injection will not relieve face or teeth pain. See a neurosurgeon for evaluation of the face pain. ...Read more

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No cord compression. Vertebral bodies and spinal cord anormal.spinal canal adequate. A hemangioma in the T6 vertebral body is noted. What does this me?

No cord compression. Vertebral bodies and spinal cord anormal.spinal canal adequate. A hemangioma in the T6 vertebral body is noted. What does this me?

Mostly benign: Vertebral hemangiomas are benign vascular malformations that displace the adjacent bone. They are usually asymptomatic and typically no treatment is necessary. Acute symptoms may occur from secondary compression fracture, sudden mass effect, and internal hemorrhage. With these secondary effects, there are invasive and noninvasive therapeutic options. ...Read more

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