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What does it mean to have advanced spinal stenosis?

What does it mean to have advanced spinal stenosis?

Depends: They, the person completing the dictation on your imaging study might be referring to "advanced" in comparison to your age. Alternatively, it might also mean that your stenosis (narrowing of the signal canal) is severe. ...Read more

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Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more


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What does it mean to have congenital spinal stenosis?

What does it mean to have congenital spinal stenosis?

Small spinal canal: The size of spinal canal varies person to person born with a small spinal canal I use this term when i see liitle room for nerves but no obvious single impinging structure also called short pedicle syndrome very arbitrary. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have cervical spinal stenosis?

What does it mean to have cervical spinal stenosis?

Narrowing: Stenosis can be central, narrowing of the canal formed by the bony arch of the vertebrae that the spinal cord hangs in. Or it can be narrowing of the openings to the sides that the spinal nerves exit between the vertebrae. This can be caused by hypertrophy or thickening of the bony parts or the ligament along the back of the vertebral bodies or the discs pushing into the spaces or a combination. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have carotid stenosis?

What does it mean to have carotid stenosis?

Narrowing: It is narrowing in the carotid artery typically at the bifurcation into the internal carotid which goes to the brain . The more the narrowing especially above 50% the more it needs attention by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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What does asymptomatic mean?

What does asymptomatic mean?

No Symptoms: Asptomatic is fancy doctor speak for "you have no symptoms". What use are our degrees if we don't make ourselves sound really smart :). ...Read more

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What does the abbreviation CHF mean?

What does the abbreviation CHF mean?

CHF: Congestive heart failure. As a simple explanation one can say this is a condition in which the heart has difficulty providing blood flow to the tissues and organs of the body. The heart muscle is usually weak, too stiff, or both. ...Read more

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What does metastatic mean?

What does metastatic mean?

Spreading: Metastatic refers to the point that the cancer has spread from where it originated. For example, if someone has colon cancer in their liver, then that person's cancer spread form the colon to the liver and hence is metastatic. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have degenerative disc syndrome?

What does it mean to have degenerative disc syndrome?

Let's see: Between each vertebral body is a cushion called an intervertebral disc. These act as so-called shock absorbers to the spine. With aging and with overuse and with trauma and for unknown reasons, these disc lose their elasticity, stamina and durability and deteriorate. This can place stresses on the spine (cervical, thoracic & lumbar) and cause a myriad of symptoms and problems. They wear out! ...Read more

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What does " sinus disease" mean?

What does " sinus disease" mean?

Paranasal Sinuses: The paranasal sinuses, or simply - sinuses - are cavities within the bones of your skull that lighten the skull and allow air and sound to resonate. The sinuses also naturally function to clean particles and filter air. Sinus disease indicates an abnormality in these normal/natural processes. Most commonly, there can be an anatomical or structural blockage, allergy, inflammation... ...Read more

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What does laminectomy signify?

What does laminectomy signify?

The back part: The lamina is the flat part of the bone on the back side of the spinal bone (vertebra) that helps form the channel for the sac containing the spinal cord (neck and mid back) and nerves (low back). Laminectomy removes all or almost all of this bone without removing the small joints (facets) next to it. Surgeons usually try to limit the amount removed without compromising the operation's goal. ...Read more

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What does cerebellar degeneration mean?

What does cerebellar degeneration mean?

Cerebellar degen: See: http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/disorders/cerebellar_degeneration/cerebellar_degeneration.Htm.

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What does carotid hardening mean?

What does carotid hardening mean?

Atherosclerosis: When plaque forms in an artery, the ways may thicken and thus the term "hardening of the arteries". This is not the same as blockages but, should be evaluated by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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What does atherosclerosis mean?

What does atherosclerosis mean?

Plaque build up: It is hardening of the arteries, caused by fat, cholesterol, and other substances building up in the arteries - this is called plaque - making the arteries stiffer. This plaque interferes with the normal function of the arteries and can cause problems and symptoms throughout the body. The plaque can block the arteries and/or it can break off and flow to smaller vessels and block them. ...Read more

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What does cystic artery leak mean?

What does cystic artery leak mean?

Gallbladder: The cystic artery provides the arterial blood supply to the gallbladder. When the gallbladder is surgically removed, cholecystectomy, the cystic artery is clipped and severed. A cystic artery leak usually refers to bleeding from the cystic artery stump following cholecystectomy. ...Read more

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What does having carotid artery disease mean?

What does having carotid artery disease mean?

Plaque: Plaque or hardening of the arteries forming in the vessels of your neck. Can lead to stroke. ...Read more

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What does stage 3 kidney disease mean?

What does stage 3 kidney disease mean?

Loss of function: Kidneys of human body has millions of microscopic filters to eliminate waste , called glomurali , due to diabetes , blood pressure , and age etc we lose them , non reversible filtration rate will decrease , as more of them are gone, ultimately leads to end stage renal failure dialysis is required , , stage iii a rate will be 45-59 ml/mint in stage iii b will be 30 - 44 ml/ mnt. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have percutaneous thoracic discectomy?

What does it mean to have percutaneous thoracic discectomy?

Cool way to operate: Minimally invasive way to remove a portion of a herniated disc in the mid back region. I found a great website with explanation and quote part below in comments. ...Read more

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Stenosis (Definition)

Constriction or narrowing of something - duct, artery, passage way such as the outlet of the stomach into the small ...Read more