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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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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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I have congenital spinal stenosis and have had two back surgeries, involvong laminectomies and chip removal. What is my best remedy?

Weight control: I am sorry for your condition but you can at least control your weight -- the lighter you are the less strain to the back and legs. ...Read more

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Can congenital spinal stenosis be fixed?

Can congenital spinal stenosis be fixed?

Yes: Congenital stenosis may not cause any symptoms, may respond it terms of symptom relief to epidural steroids and can only be structurally fixed by surgery, typically laminectomy. ...Read more

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My sister has been diagnosed with congenital spinal stenosis, what is the likelihood of me having it?

Familial Lumbar: Stenosis is listed in the online mendelian inheritance in man website (omim.Org) along with multiple other possibilities. Geneticists do evaluate adults; it would be nice if your primary care physicians would refer both of you to a geneticist at a near-by medical school or specialty center. ...Read more

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My sister has been diagnosed with congenital spinal stenosis. What is the likelihood that I also have it?

My sister has been diagnosed with congenital spinal stenosis. What is the likelihood that I also have it?

Possible: The condition runs in families, but doe not follow simple mendelian genetics (what you may have learned in high school biology). The size of the canal or channel containing the spinal cord and nerves does vary from person to person. The smaller it is, the more likely a person is to have problems during life. Seek assessment if you have arm or leg numbness, tingling, weakness; or unsteady walking. ...Read more

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Just diag congenital spinal stenosis.Bulging disc at c2-3, c3-4, c4-5, c65-6. Hern disc at c6-7, t10-11, l4-5. How serious is it short and long term?

Depends on symptoms: Congenital stenosis is narrowing of the space for the spinal cord in your neck that you were born with. If you have no nerve symptoms (numbness, tingling, weakness, hand clumsiness, unsteady walking) just be careful; avoid situations that could lead to injuring your neck (and spinal cord): climbing ladders, running yellow lights, having obstacles around to trip over. If you do have these see a doc. ...Read more

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Looking for info/ congenital spinal stenosis. I have diverse weak muscles + cervical spondylarthrosis, still active, but want to prevent for old age?

Looking for info/ congenital spinal stenosis. I have diverse weak muscles + cervical spondylarthrosis, still active, but want to prevent for old age?

Take care: My advice is to take good care of your spine. There isn't really anything you can do about congenital spinal stenosis. However, everything you can do to reduce wear and tear on your neck and low back would be prudent. This means avoiding activities which might lead to increased stress on your spine. ...Read more

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Treatments options for l5/s1 disc extrusion that effaces the s1 nerve root along with mild anterposterial congenital spinal stenosis of the lumbar spi?

You're the patient..: ...not the MRI. You didn't just wander into an MRI facility one day & make an impulse purchase. You saw a doctor with symptoms & signs and that's why an MRI was done. You need to repost with WHY you got the MRI. ...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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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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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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Stenosis (Definition)

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