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MRI's ??
Sep 21, 2010
I don't understand these please help!
There is exaggerated lumbar lordosis. Approximately 3mm of L5 on S1 retrolisthesis is present. There is disc desiccation and calsinosis, severe loss of disc height, endplate irregularity, posterior endplate spurring and severe fatty degeneration of endplates at L5-S1. Mild disc desiccation and loss of disc height are present at L2-L3. Remaining intervertebral discs have mormal signal charactistics. Mail vertebral bodies have normal height, alignment, and marrow signal. The conus medullaris terminates L1 and is unremarkable.
A small posterior disc bulge is present at L1-L2 without stenosis, as assessed on sagittal images only.
L2-L3: Small broad-based posterior disc bulge: facet hypertrophy: mild ligamentum flavum buckling: borderline spinal stenosis: neuroforamina within normal limits
L3-L4: Mild facet hypertrophy and ligamentum flavum buckling without stenosis
L4-L5: Facet hypertrophy; slight posterior disc bulge; no stenosis
L5-S1: Small posterior osteophyte and disc complex; facet hypertrophy; left greater than right neuroforaminal wstenosis secondary to osteophyte and disc complexand facet hypertrophy; spinal canal within normal limits.

There is loss of normal cervical lordosis with mild kyphotic reversal centered at approximately C4. Multilevel spondylosis is present and is most pronounced from C3-C4 through C5-C6. Endplate spurring, loss of intervertabral disc height, and fatty endplate degenerative changes are present through these regions. No fractures or subluxations are demonstrated. Vertabral body heights are maintained. The cervical medullary junction and cervical spinal cord have normal parenchymal signal characteristics.
C2-C3: No stenosis
C3-C4: There is a circumferential osteophyte and disc complex. In addition there is a posterior right paracentral disc protrusion. This contacts and flattens the spinal cord producing severe spinal stenosis. Some CSF signal persists posterior to the cord. The neural formina remains within normal limits.
C4-C5: A circumferential osteophyte and disc complex is present. Mild facet hypertrophy is present. There is marked flattening of the cord with severe spinal stenosis. Right neural forminal stenosis is present. The left neural foramen is borderline narrowed.
C5-C6: A circumferential osteophyte and disc complex is present with resultant severe spinal stenosis, flattening of the cord and right neural forminal stenosis. Left neural foramen is within normal limits.
C6-C7: A circumferential osteophyte and disc complex produces moderate spinal stenosis and slight flattening of the cord. Left neural foraminal stenosis and mild neural foraminal stenosis are present.
C7-T1: No stenosis.

I don't know what all this means, all I know is I'm 43 and I hurt! Please help.
Re: MRI's ??
Jan 25, 2011
[QUOTE=julgen;4331542]I don't understand these please help!
There is exaggerated lumbar lordosis. Approximately 3mm of L5 on S1 retrolisthesis is present. There is disc desiccation and calsinosis, severe loss of disc height, endplate irregularity, posterior endplate spurring and severe fatty degeneration of endplates at L5-S1. Mild disc desiccation and loss of disc height are present at L2-L3. Remaining intervertebral discs have mormal signal charactistics. Mail vertebral bodies have normal height, alignment, and marrow signal. The conus medullaris terminates L1 and is unremarkable.
A small posterior disc bulge is present at L1-L2 without stenosis, as assessed on sagittal images only.
L2-L3: Small broad-based posterior disc bulge: facet hypertrophy: mild ligamentum flavum buckling: borderline spinal stenosis: neuroforamina within normal limits
L3-L4: Mild facet hypertrophy and ligamentum flavum buckling without stenosis
L4-L5: Facet hypertrophy; slight posterior disc bulge; no stenosis
L5-S1: Small posterior osteophyte and disc complex; facet hypertrophy; left greater than right neuroforaminal wstenosis secondary to osteophyte and disc complexand facet hypertrophy; spinal canal within normal limits.

There is loss of normal cervical lordosis with mild kyphotic reversal centered at approximately C4. Multilevel spondylosis is present and is most pronounced from C3-C4 through C5-C6. Endplate spurring, loss of intervertabral disc height, and fatty endplate degenerative changes are present through these regions. No fractures or subluxations are demonstrated. Vertabral body heights are maintained. The cervical medullary junction and cervical spinal cord have normal parenchymal signal characteristics.
C2-C3: No stenosis
C3-C4: There is a circumferential osteophyte and disc complex. In addition there is a posterior right paracentral disc protrusion. This contacts and flattens the spinal cord producing severe spinal stenosis. Some CSF signal persists posterior to the cord. The neural formina remains within normal limits.
C4-C5: A circumferential osteophyte and disc complex is present. Mild facet hypertrophy is present. There is marked flattening of the cord with severe spinal stenosis. Right neural forminal stenosis is present. The left neural foramen is borderline narrowed.
C5-C6: A circumferential osteophyte and disc complex is present with resultant severe spinal stenosis, flattening of the cord and right neural forminal stenosis. Left neural foramen is within normal limits.
C6-C7: A circumferential osteophyte and disc complex produces moderate spinal stenosis and slight flattening of the cord. Left neural foraminal stenosis and mild neural foraminal stenosis are present.
C7-T1: No stenosis.

I don't know what all this means, all I know is I'm 43 and I hurt! Please help.[/QUOTE]


I'm not a doctor but look up stenosis. That should help you understand a lot. Most people have painful back problems. It's good to look up all those words individually. Patients need to learn what each word means because doctors don't have the time it takes to explain each of these things. I spent hours looking up mine but it was worth it. Thank God for the Internet!





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