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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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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Spinal Stenosis (Definition)

Spinal stenosis is medical condition in which openings where nerves leave the spine are narrowed. As a result of the narrowed openings, nerves can get pinched off, leading to symptoms such as pain, ...Read more


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What is meant by cervical spinal stenosis?

What is meant by cervical spinal stenosis?

Narrowing: In its most simple term, stenosis refers to narrowing, while cervical refers to the neck region. So, cervical spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal column in the neck. ...Read more

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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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Was getting a nerve block today and dr and nurse were saying something was really small now I have spinal stenosis and was wondering what they meant?

Spinal stenosis: Spinal stenosis implies that your spinal canal, where the cord resides, is very narrow. This could lead to neurological problem. Let's hope not in your case. ...Read more

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Best treatment for advanced spinal stenosis?

Best treatment for advanced spinal stenosis?

Common problem: For patients that have failed appropriate conservative care, surgery can be very beneficial. A thorough work up is required. The most common surgical treatment is a laminectomy. The success rate is good. Check out spinehealth .Com. ...Read more

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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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Doesn't spinal stenosis mean that it's bone spurs that pinch the nerves?

Doesn't spinal stenosis mean that it's bone spurs that pinch the nerves?

Pinched nerves: Depending on how severe the nerves are compressed, spinal stenosis just means narrowing of the spinal canal from any- and all causes. Some people have terrible symptoms when standing and walking due to bone spurs; other patients can tolerate it just fine; despite bigger spurs... A good ortho spine doc can look at the scans for you and determine the best course of action. ...Read more

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Could advanced cervical spinal stenosis cause vagus nerve damage?

Could advanced cervical spinal stenosis cause vagus nerve damage?

Vagus nerve / spine: Spinal stenosis should not affect the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is safely outside of the spinal canal. In spinal stenosis, it is the spinal canal that becomes narrowed. ...Read more

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My MRI showed lumber spinal stenosis. But what is prominence of anterior epidural veins at c3-4 & c4-5 mean? Thank you.

My MRI showed lumber spinal stenosis.  But what is prominence of anterior epidural veins at c3-4 & c4-5 mean?  Thank you.

Might be nothing: Prominence of the epidural veins is a non specific finding. Sometimes it is prominent if you have an epidural space infection. Sometimes it can be from venous congestion. A careful review of your images by a neuroradiologist might shine more light into your condition - ask if the radiologist was a board (certificate of added qualification) certified neuroradiologist. ...Read more

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My MRI states that I have 2 bulging disc at L3-4 and L5-S1 and moderate spinal stenosis at L4-5 narrowing the thecal sac to 8.7 mm. What does it mean?

Non-specific: 24y female has reported unilateral sciatica 4 weeks post-delivery & MRI shows "spinal canal stenosis" L-4/5 & "disc bulges" lumbar regions. MRI report does not explain symptoms; disc bulges oft seen in asymptomatic people. More likely birthing injured pelvic sacroiliac joint, now hyper mobile & impinging presacral plexus. Was excessive trendelenberg posture forced while had epidural anesthesia? ...Read more

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


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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