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Nerves pressed, had cauda equina, did surgery, bladder not emptying, repeated MRI & found little fluid collection.Doctor order nerve conduction test.Why ?

Nerves pressed, had cauda equina, did surgery, bladder not emptying, repeated MRI & found little fluid collection.Doctor order nerve conduction test.Why ?

True true unrelated: My guess is that the nerve conduction test was to see if you had residual nerve damage from the initial problem. Surgery can relieve the pressure but the nerve damage might take up to 2 years to heal - or not heal at all. The EMG was likely to assess the extent of the problem to direct further therapy. Ask your doc why, too. ...Read more

Bladder (Definition)

The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more


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Can a ct/mri of the pelvis detect bladder cancer i pee a lot and i always have pain on my side and hip bw, rad, urine tests all negative i'm a female?

Can a ct/mri of the pelvis detect bladder cancer i pee a lot and i always have pain on my side and hip bw, rad, urine tests all negative i'm a female?

Sometimes: A ct or MRI can detect larger or advanced bladder tumors. However, many bladder tumors are subtle and found on only by looking inside the bladder (cystoscopy). Without blood in your urine on a microscopic evaluation, it is unlikely you have a bladder tumor. Continue to work with your doctor for the right approach and diagnosis. Eventually you may want to see a urologist or urologic gynecologist. ...Read more

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Mri showed a stone in my bladder. Had pain bleeding but it stopped. What now?

Urology consult: I would recommend a urology consult for management. A bladder stone can be a complication and can cause infection. Depending on the size and location, it may cause obstruction of the urinary outflow tract. ...Read more

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What is it like to have a MRI done and the results were bladder slightly thick walled if so what was diagnosed?

What is it like to have a MRI done and the results were bladder slightly thick walled if so what was diagnosed?

Likely nothing: A slightly thick walled bladder likely means nothing and most often means that the bladder was mostly empty which gives the appearance of wall thickening. True thickening can be related to prior infection or inflammation. Bladder cancer is the least likely scenario. If your doctor is particularly concerned about this finding, he/she can refer you to a Urologist. ...Read more

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Can you shed some light on my MRI? Mild effacement of fat plane between bladder and vagina.

Can you shed some light on my MRI?  Mild effacement of fat plane between bladder and vagina.

Thinner: I am not a radiologist, but effacement means thinning. Radiologists have guidelines & standards of what is normal on an MRI. Likely there is a standard thickness of the fat layer between the bladder and vagina, & yours may be thinner than usual. Being a thin person in general would be likely explanation. These words probably describe a normal variation, but you could ask your doctor to explain. ...Read more

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What would a signal void in the bladder be? I went for an MRI on my back, for back pain, and the report showed that finding.

What would a signal void in the bladder be? I went for an MRI on my back, for back pain, and the report showed that finding.

Possibly a stone: A signal void on MR is nonspecific however it may represent a stone within the bladder. That may account for your pain. You probably need a CT of the abdomen and pelvis to look for renal/bladder stones. ...Read more

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Does your bladder need to be full to take a pelvic mri? What are the usually finding in a pelvic mri?

Does your bladder need to be full to take a pelvic mri? What are the usually finding in a pelvic mri?

No: Chatty: your bladder does not have to be full for pelvic mri. This test is used to evaluate almost any abnormality in the pelvis. It examines all of your pelvic organs including the uterus, ovaries, bladder and sometimes even bowel problems have been diagnosed. Specifically for women it can help with ovarian tumors, cysts, fibroids, etc. Depending on what your symptoms are. ...Read more

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A recent MRI showed a large, circular, bright white mass located near my tailbone. It looks almost as large as my bladder. What could this be?

Spinal mass: A spinal mass is an abnormal finding. It can represent an abscess, a tumor, benign or malignant, an infection, or a hemangioma, a formation of blood vessels which can cause bleeding into the spinal canal. It should be biopsied or have other investigational studies to determine its etiology as soon as possible to prevent loss of neurological function of the spinal cord. ...Read more

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Can you see gall bladder polyps on CT or mri?

Not likely: Gallbladder polyps tend to be small & better seen on ultrasound. Maybe a dedicated mrcp could see gallbladder thickening or polyps if they were large enough. Ct scan does not see inside the gallbladder that well unless its wall is noticeably thickened. ...Read more

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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more