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Hello all, I am a new member here and have just had an MRI scan 2 days ago of my cervical spine. The scan was asked for by my GP because of the following symptons... I started having tingling/numbness in my pinkie/ring/middle fingers in my left hand 4 weeks ago and slowly getting worse. About 1 week ago my right hand's same fingers started feeling the same as well. I have no pain at the moment nor any other symptons, but the report below has me quite concerned.

If anyone can please explain in everyday english/layman's terms what exactly the report below (in blue italics) is saying it would be greatly appreciated :)

I am not asking for an interpretation/treatment explanation, just a translation for a non-medical person to understand and have little more insight into before I see my GP and physio.

[I][COLOR="RoyalBlue"]MRI CERVICAL SPINE
CLINICAL DETAILS

Paraesthesia 4th and 5th fingers on both hands for more than four weeks. Previous motorcycle injury falling on shoulder and
back with broken collarbone.

FINDINGS
There is loss of the normal mid cervical lordosis. The vertebral body heights have been maintained, the bone marrow signal is
normal and no focal osseous lesion is present. The craniocervical junction outlines normally.

C2/3: The disc contour, signal and height are normal. No foraminal or canal stenosis is present.

C3/4: There are bilateral uncovertebral disc-osteophyte complexes which cause mild narrowing of both neural exits, slightly
worse on the right. There is minor canal narrowing flattening the anterior aspect of the spinal cord without significant cord
deformity or intra-axial signal change.

C4/5: There is anterior craniocaudal narrowing of the disc with bilateral uncovertebral and left paracentral disc-osteophyte
complexes. Severe narrowing of the right C5 intervertebral neural foramen is present with mild narrowing of the left C5 neural
exit. There is also narrowing of the spinal canal with indentation of the left anterior aspect of the spinal cord without definitive
intra-axial signal change.

C5/6: There is a central disc extrusion measuring up to 6mm nteroposteriorly x 8mm craniocaudally x 8mm transversely indenting the anterior aspect of the spinal cord with near complete effacement of the CSF surrounding the spinal cord at the level of the disc. In addition there are bilateral uncovertebral disc-osteophyte complexes, larger on the right causing moderate
right and mild to moderate left C6 neural exit narrowing.

C6/7: There is desiccation of the disc with bilateral uncovertebral disc-osteophyte complexes, larger and wider on the right causing moderate right and mild left C7 neural exit narrowing.

C7/T1: No abnormality is present.

COMMENT:
1. Moderate canal narrowing at C5/6 with less severe spinal canal narrowing at C4/5 and C3/4.

2. Severe right C5, moderate right C6 and right C7 and mild to moderate left C6 neural exit narrowing.

Yours sincerely[/COLOR][/I]





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