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What Does A Fushion Of The Lumbar Mean
PLIF procedure: A posterior lumbar interbody fusion (plif) is a procedure in which an unstable lumbar segment is fused in conjunction with a decompressive laminectomy. As part of the fusion, bone grafting (often with a cage device) is placed into the disc space to allow for fusion, but also helps re-align the segment. It can be performed with open and minimal invasive techniques. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more
Spinal fusion: Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion means a "cage" prosthesis and bone graft material is placed in the front of the spine through an approach through the back to join 2 bones. It is performed through the area where the nerve usually exits off the main spinal sac (called the neuro foramen). This foramen is an opening that allows access to the front of the spine through an incision on the back. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Monoclonal Bands: Oligoclonal bands are seen when a patient's blood or cerebrospinal fluid is analyzed. Each of the two to five oligoclonal bands represent proteins, although why exactly these bands are present, and which proteins these bands represent, has not yet been elucidated. Oligoclonal bands are present in 80-90% of patients and is an important indicator in the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. ...Read more
Less back curve: The normall backward curve of your low back is straighter than usual it generally believed to be a sign of muscular spasm barring other pathologic conditions, it is a nonspecific incidental xray finding this shape can be found in the asymptomatic and the symptomatic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If the opening pressure from my lumbar was 37 and they took it down to 11, is that bad and what does that mean for me?
Diagnosis?: An opening pressure of 37 is dangerously high. But the question of what it means depends on why it's high. You didn't give us a diagnosis--a cause of the high pressure. If they don't know the cause, they need to find out. ...Read more
What does it mean if the right paracentral protruded disc herniation at lumbar 5 - sacral 1 is compressing the right sacral 1 root in the right lateral recess?
Anatomy: There is a right sided protruding disc between the L5 and S1 vertebrae which is pressing on the right S1 nerve. Typically this will cause pain and/or numbness down the back of the leg, into the side of the foot, and there may be weakness when trying to push down with your foot (i.e. pressing on the car accelerator). ...Read more
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