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What is the difference between a bulge and herniation?
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
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In brief: None
When a disc protrudes from its normal site it is said to be bulging or herniated.
These are essentially synonyms for the same pathology.

In brief: None
When a disc protrudes from its normal site it is said to be bulging or herniated.
These are essentially synonyms for the same pathology.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery
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In brief: Degree of severity
A bulge is when the disc has lost some water content and has lost some of its ability to resist the pressure pushing down on it.
A herniation is when some of the inner portion of the disc (imagine the texture of crabmeat) has pushed out and is pressing against a nerve.

In brief: Degree of severity
A bulge is when the disc has lost some water content and has lost some of its ability to resist the pressure pushing down on it.
A herniation is when some of the inner portion of the disc (imagine the texture of crabmeat) has pushed out and is pressing against a nerve.
Dr. Roger Frankel
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