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Dr. Steven Hill
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What does diffuse disc desiccation mean?

Dr. Steven Hill
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What does diffuse disc desiccation mean?

Might be age: The term is saying that multiple discs (presumably in your back/neck) are dried out and decreased in size. This happens to everyone as you age and the question is whether it is more than normal. ...Read more

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Dr. David Dinhofer
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Desiccation of L4-L5 & L5-S1 discs. Mild diffuse posterior protrusion L4-L5 & L5-S1 discs mildly indenting the thecal sac. What does that mean?? Thnxx

Dr. David Dinhofer
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Desiccation of L4-L5 & L5-S1 discs. Mild diffuse posterior protrusion L4-L5 & L5-S1 discs mildly indenting the thecal sac. What does that mean?? Thnxx

Nothing important: Dessication of the discs is an early sign of aging but is not harmful by itself. Mild protrusions are seen commonly and are asymptomatic. In my over 25 years of experience with these findings, they are common and of now importance. Don't worry about them. ...Read more

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Dr. Dan Fisher
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What does diffuse disk desiccation mean im 56year old?

Dr. Dan Fisher
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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

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Dr. Mark Fisher
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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?

Dr. Mark Fisher
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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

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Dr. Anthony Filly
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What does desiccation of the disc without loss of disc height mean?

Dr. Anthony Filly
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What does desiccation of the disc without loss of disc height mean?

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 more

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
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I had Disc desiccation Reduced D10D11 and L2/L3 height with end plate irregularity and peridiscal osteophytes-disc degenerative changes what this mean?

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Moderately: advanced degenerative changes. Treatment depends on symptoms. Consult with ortho back specialist. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Simon
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What does L2-L3 mild disc desiccation without significant stenosis and disc desiccation with mild disc bulge mean ?

Dr. Steven Simon
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What does L2-L3 mild disc desiccation without significant stenosis and disc desiccation with mild disc bulge mean ?

Degenerative changes: as we age, motion and loading in the spine will begin to wear down the discs, and they get dry (desiccation) shrink top,to,bottom and bulge as the outer rings waken in the disc. Generally it means you need to strengthen your core muscles, lose weight, stand straighter, exercise more to help ease your back pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
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What would the terms "“Desiccation involving L1-2 and L5-S1 discs." and ". Mild facethypertrophy.” on my MRI mean?

Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
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What would the terms "“Desiccation involving L1-2 and L5-S1 discs." and ". Mild facethypertrophy.” on my MRI mean?

Dry discs, thick bon: Dessication means drying; d discs b/w d lumbar vertebrae r dry, & possibly bulging where dryness is d worst. (Vertebrae r numbered by location: S1=1st sacral, L=lumbar). Facet hypertrophy means d joints of the vertebrae r overgrown & thick, pointing out a tendency 4 arthritis (in spine, called spondylitis). TTYD to figure out what this means 4 u vis-a-vis ur symptoms. False findings r possible! ...Read more

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Dr. Anuj Malik
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Mild diffuse posterior protrusion mildly indenting the discs, Desiccation of L4-L5/ L5-S1. Shall I go ahead with the 4 small injections as Dr said?

Dr. Anuj Malik
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Mild diffuse posterior protrusion mildly indenting the discs, Desiccation of L4-L5/ L5-S1. Shall I go ahead with the 4 small injections as Dr said?

Age: Age and mechanical stress that comes with age and carrying weight. Of a 100 adults who don't have symptoms, approximately 40 to 60 % have these changes. So usually nothing to worry about. Use good posture and lose weight if appropriate. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Velt
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MRI- "l/4-l-5 disc desiccation. Small central protrusion w/ tiny posterior annular tear. No canal stenosis or sig. foraminal narrowing". What it mean?

Dr. Paul Velt
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Some pain: The disc is between two vertebrae, the spine. They act like shock absorbers. When they have a problem they bulge out of their space. It sounds like it sticks out and touches some nerves. The disc has a band around it. It may tear like yours did. The point where nerves leave the spinal cord, the exit foramen is ok. ...Read more

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