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  • AvatarLaura1963
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    Hi Dr Corenman ..
    I would greatly appreciate it if you are able to interpetae this report in simplified terms regarding mostly about the osteochondral bar as to where it’s situated ..my question is it pressing on the CSF is it between CSF flow and spinal cord ..Is it releasing any CSF in my body leaking ..can it cause that in the future if not now ..is it serious what I have ..my prominent central canal has never ever changed since first d/x in 2005 ..so I believe it’s not a true syrinx …but was wondering if the osteochdral bar is causing any issues pain stiffness ..leakage if CSF .As I feel and taste and gag on something that seems to be flowing throughout my entire body ..which is from osteochondral bar from if it’s pressing on my CSF ..or it’s another cause that it could be ..be greatly appreciated it if you could give me your valued opinion …my MRI report is below ..thank you again

    A very tiny syrinx/ verses a prominent central canal is noted again extended from level C2 -C3 disc space caudally to approximately the C5 C6 disc space .There is no associated cord expansion or cord edema .the appearance is relatively similiar compared to previous ..

    The cervical spinal cord otherwise demonstrates normal signal intensity and morphology

    The cervical spinal cord is preserved

    The cranial cervical junction is intact .

    At C5-C6 there is a broad based posterior osteochdral bar with a more focal central component . CSF remains interposed between the osteochondral bar and the spinal cord .

    Summary
    Stable prominent central canal/ verses a tiny syrinx . No associate cord expansion or edema .

    Posterior osteochdral bar C5-C6

    Sincerely Laura

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    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    A chondroosseous bar is a development of degenerative disc disease. The wall of the disc buckles and causes the insertion of the disc fibers to slightly pull off. This causes the bone endplate to react by growing more bone (called an enthesopathy). This new bone forms as a bone spur and projects into the canal. It is quite common and many individuals go through their entire life not knowing that they have this finding.

    This bar will impinge against the sack (the dura) that contains the spinal fluid (CSF) and will “push the sack inwards” This by itself is not any problem. If this spur impinges against the spinal cord or causes significant narrowing of the canal, then it can be a problem.

    In your case “CSF remains interposed between the osteochondral bar and the spinal cord” meaning there is still room in the canal for the cord and CSF-a good thing.

    Dr. Corenman

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    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
    AvatarLaura1963
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    Thank you Dr Corenman ..I greatly appreciate your time and knowledge ..and explaining everything to me ..You are the best !!

    AvatarLaura1963
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    I was wondering Dr Corenman if you could read this recent MRI ..my question is if this is actually compressing my spinal cord …if it could be causing the issues of nerve pain in my mouth or throat …or if this protrusion is effecting the messages going and coming from the Brain to Spinal cord ..

    The MRI report

    At C 2-3 and C3-4 there is central disc bulging

    At C 4-5 ,there is mild central disc bulging

    At C5-6 there is disc bulging with a small broad central disc protrusion MILDY indenting / flattening the anterior OF the spinal cord.

    At C6-7 there is very mild disc bulging

    At C7-T1 there is mild disc bulging

    At T1-2 T2-3 and T3-4 there is central disc bulging and mild osteophyte mildly indenting the thecal sac

    There is prominence of the central canal of the spinal cord / tiny stable syrinx at the C5-C6 levels measuring up to 2mm in caliber .The cervical spinal cord is otherwise unremarkable ..The cerebellar tonsils are normally located ..

    Impression

    Mildly degenerative changes as describe

    At C5-6 there is a small broad central disc protrusion mildly indenting / finding the anterior spinal cord

    Prominence of the central canal of the spinal cord /tiny syrinx at the C5-6 levels as described which is if uncertain significance but possibly related to the disc protrusion..Long term MRI follow up advised to ensure stability or resolution ..

    This report is an actual second opinion based on last MRI report and recent image done Dec 2019 ..The tiny syrinx has been stable exact same size as it was first d/x in 2005 …no change ever as it states in other Reports verses a prominent central canal verses a tiny syrinx ..in 2005 I never had any disclosure degeneration as it is now …so last comment I feel is invalid when mentioned probability related to disc protrusion ..

    But was wondering if the significance of the protrusion is causing messages going and coming from the Brain to Spinal cord ..As in previous messages that these symptoms only started after taking a medication that should of not been prescribed to me …

    Thank you for your time and knowledge …

    Sincerely Laura

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