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What does it mean to have cervical spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Thomas Byrnes
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Thomas Byrnes
Dr. Thomas Byrnes
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Narrowed spine canal

In the neck or cervical region, the spinal canal is too narrow causing neural tissue compression of either the spinal cord or nerves or both caused by a canal or foramen that started too small or narrowed with age due to degeneration or as result of other conditions that affect the spine leading to this narrowing with neural compression.
Sometimes there are no symptoms, just a finding on studies.

In brief: Narrowed spine canal

In the neck or cervical region, the spinal canal is too narrow causing neural tissue compression of either the spinal cord or nerves or both caused by a canal or foramen that started too small or narrowed with age due to degeneration or as result of other conditions that affect the spine leading to this narrowing with neural compression.
Sometimes there are no symptoms, just a finding on studies.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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