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Spinal Cord Effacement
What is the prognosis for lumbar stenosis with bulging discs at l4/l5 and l3/l4 with spinal cord effacement and bilateral facet joint hypertrophy.
Mixed: Facet hypertrophy is a common change as people age; the amount of joint enlargement is more important than the fact that it is present. Stenosis is an issue if it is symptomatic. Weight control and exercise can help. Surgery can help in cases that don't respond to other treatment. The spinal cord usually ends at l1-2, so if it truly goes down to l5, there are other issues that need to be addressed. ...Read more
Can you tell me what ''a significant thoracic disc prolapse at t4/t5 with effacement of the spinal cord mean?
Pain.: Protrusion of a disc which is in between 2 vertebrae can irritate the spinal cord or nerves. This can produce severe back pain. ...Read more
I would like to know is; what does ''a significant thoracic disc prolapse at t4/t5 with effacement of the spinal cord mean?
It means that the : Disc at the spine level chest region known as thoracic between the vertebral bones thoracic 4 and 5 has herniated into the spinal canal and is touching or effacing the spinal cord but not compressing it so even though it is significant or large there is still room enough within the spinal canal to accommodate both the spinal cord and disc herniation. ...Read more
Not very: The spinal cord is roughly 18 inches long and somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 inch in diameter. It extends from the foramen magnum (the giant hole at the base of the skull) to approximately the 10th-12th thoracic vertebrae. ...Read more
Spinal cord injury: Anything that can cause pressure, gradually or suddenly, may injure the spinal cord. That would include arthritis, herniated disc, tumor, infections. Instability would allow the cord to be stretched or bruised: after trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, surgery. Vascular abnormalities could interfere with spinal cord circulation like a stroke. Abnormal spinal fluid flow could cause internal cord damage. ...Read more
Many functions.: The spinal cord is essentially the information highway from the brain to the body and vice versa. Without the spinal cord, your brain would not be able to control the movements of your body, and sensation input from your body could not reach your brain. For example: hand touches hot stove-->body sends information to brain (along spinal cord)-->brain tells body to get hand off stove. ...Read more
Spinal fluid (CSF): Cerebrospinal fluid is produced deep in the brain and then flows down-and-out around the spinal cord, bathing the brain and cord in protective fluid. It is primarily water with ions (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium), protein, glucose, and other trace substances. ...Read more
Spinal cord: Actually yes, it is also called medulla spinalis, medulla means a structure in the middle of the organ and spinalis is related to the vertebral spines as the peripheral nerves originate from the spinal cord on both sides of the vertebral spines. ...Read more
Much too common: Since many spinal cord injuries result in permanent numbness, weakness, and even paralysis, it is important to protect your spinal cord. Avoid high risk behaviors and be smart. During summer months especially we see spinal cord injuries from jumping head first into shallow pools or rivers, and from high speed car/motorcycle accidents, often with alcohol involved. Be safe! ...Read more
Bad Prognosis: If spinal cord is severed, all functions inferior will be essentially ablated, and paralysis, sensory perception loss, and bowel/ bladder function will be destroyed. A crush is more variable with maybe some preservation of function, but could be as severe as through and through cut. ...Read more
Not all: Check your make and model and then consult the specific website for recall info. ...Read more
There are a variety of survivable spinal conditions. ...Read more
Contains the nerves:
Which go to your muscles of your body
and also to the sensory receptors in your body. You have a complex nervous system which has sympathetic, parasympathetic and yoru sensation and motor control. These neurons and axons are in the spinal cord and control your body. It transmits the electrical impulses which control yoru bodies functions and muscles. ...Read more
Depends on damage: The spinal cord serves as a conduit for information to/from the brain. If cord injury is minor(brief compression/shock) the information transfer may stop for a time & return after any swelling/etc. Is gone. If the injury kills a segment of the cord, the sensation below the segment is lost and voluntary control of muscles below the injury is gone (permanent paralysis). Reflex mvt may persist. ...Read more
See Neurosurgeon: They may be able to help you figure out if this is possible or not. ...Read more
???: What is benign and small, and how is it affecting the spinal cord?? Please ask a direct question and we will respond. Do not understand what you need. ...Read more
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Many things : It depends on what they mean by widening. It could be that it is being flattened spreading it wider due to compression in the neck from a herniated disc and/or facet joint arthritis. Or it could be something inside the spinal cord like extra fluid or even a tumor causing enlargement of the cord. ...Read more
Teansection of your: Spinal cord can be fatal. The people who live usually... Have continued respiratory functions. If you cannot support breathing — you will die. If you transect the cord lower than your muscles of respiration you are more likely to survive. But in many cases people only partially transect the crod so they can maintain breathing. ...Read more
Fat: You cannot preferentially gain fat in one specific area of the body (naturally). ...Read more
Yes: In a cadaver, you can dissect out the spinal cord and examine it. ...Read more
Spinal cord stimulator includes two parts, lead and generator. If your generator is recalled, it's a simple replacement. If the leads are recalled, it can be replaced too, but more complicated.
The more important question is how well it works for your pain. If it works well, you should have it replaced. If it doesn't work well, talk to your doctor to see if it can be reprogrammed before removal. ...Read more
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- Blood clot in spinal cord
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