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What Does Diffuse Disc Desiccation Mean
My MRI says diffuse disc bulge of l4-l5 intervertible disc causing ventral thecal sac indentation . disc desication of l5-s1. What does this mean? What do I need to do?
You need to...: ...ask your doc to go over the images with you & point out & explain the findings. In radiology, words are really no substitute for pictures. But don't waste your & your doctor's time by going in there cold. You owe it to yourself and him/her to do your homework first. Read up on & look at pictures of lumbar spine anatomy & pathology. Request your own copy of the image CD to study at home. ...Read more
Normal aging: Dedication means drying out. There is a central pulp in the disc which tends to dry up as we age. It is really the way most discs look on MRI as people get older. Fortunately it has not started to lose height yet but it probably will over time. We call this degenerative disc disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had Disc desiccation Reduced D10D11 and L2/L3 height with end plate irregularity and peridiscal osteophytes-disc degenerative changes what this mean?
Moderately: advanced degenerative changes. Treatment depends on symptoms. Consult with ortho back specialist. ...Read more
Fuse L4/S1 Feb 2014. MRI this month: L3/4: There is mild disc Desiccation, disc bulge, and posterior annual tear. What does this mean?
Back pain: You are developing breakdown or arthritis at the level above the fusion. The fusion acts as a lever and puts extra stress on the adjacent level. A CT scan of the lumbar spine can determine if the fusion is solid and the hardware is not broken/loose. Arthritis and back pain can occur at the level above the fusion (L3/4) or below the fusion (sacroiliac joints). See your spine surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more
Mri of cervical spine says there is disc space desiccation from c3c4 through c5c6 intervertebral disc space level. What does it mean?
Degenerative change: Means that the disc, which is a sort of "cushion" between the vertebral bodies, is losing elasticity due to chemical alterations in its substance, generally associated with aging and wear and tear. It is an early manifestation of degenerative disc disease/arthritis. Very common, likely not to cause symptoms as an isolated finding. No treatment per se, no follow up if this is the only finding. ...Read more
56 year old spine: Means your discs are not looking as young as they used to. Rather than being plump, they are flatter and drier. That is not necessarily a bad thing, just an age related change. ...Read more
Can u explain to me what disc desiccation with small or mild broad based central subligamentous hnp and minimal deformity of anterior thecal sac means?
What are ur symptoms: X-ray reports are interpretations normally made by a doctor who never meets you. Someone who knows your symptoms and history and exam findings is the only one who can tell you what the interpretation means for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Disc fluids are: Drying up, as a result of this dryness and loss of fluid, the disc(s) degenerate (wear away) to a degree. Disc desiccation is the earliest visible sign of disc degeneration. Disc degeneration can range in severity from mild, moderate, to severe. Severe cases of disc degeneration can require surgery to fix the problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Discs dehydrated: It is dehydration of multiple discs, us ggesting degenerative aging of the spine and discs foretelling a decay cycle and aging of the disc. In and of itself, not important to worry about unless associated with severe symptoms, then needs proper consideration and evaluation. ...Read more
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