aftaarMemberMarch 11, 2013 at 9:55 pmPost count: 1
Hi, i’ve just had my MRI results come back and all the clinical information is detailed below. Could you kindly read it and tell me in simple english what that actually means, and just give me an idea what is actually wrong with me. I just need you to describe it to me. Thank you .
Clinical details: unable to feel left foot at times when standing–sensation starts from lumbar spine back of left leg down wards? discoprolapse.
assuming normal vertebral segmentation spine imaged from mid sacrum to level of t9. the cord ends at t12. straightening of normal lumbar lordosis. dehydration disc changes present througout. bone marrow returns normal signal. normal prevertebral soft tissues.
minor central general posterior disc bulge present. no involvement of neural foramina. minor narrowing of vertebral canal.
moderate general posterior central disc bulge. degenerative change present within the posterior elements. these 2 factors cause significant narrowing of the vertebral canal at this level. no significant intervertibral foraminal involvement seen.
minor central posterior disc bulge with no neural foraminal involvement. minimal vertibral canal narrowing.
comments: posterior disk disease at L3-L4-L5-S1. Canal narrowing at L4-L5.Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorMarch 13, 2013 at 6:13 pmPost count: 8652
MRI results without the information of symptoms and the absence of a history and physical examination will not lead to an accurate diagnosis.
The radiologist is somewhat “beating around the bush” when he describes the L4-5 segment. “Moderate general posterior central disc bulge. degenerative change present within the posterior elements. these 2 factors cause significant narrowing of the vertebral canal at this level. no significant intervertibral foraminal involvement seen”.
This to me most likely means that you have central spinal canal stenosis at this level. See the section on the website regarding lumbar spinal stenosis for a full explanation. More likely than not you also have a degenerative spondylolisthesis of this level. You can also find a description on the website for that disorder. See if the descriptions of those disorders fits with your symptoms. These two disorders typically go hand in hand.
Dr. CorenmanPLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
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.
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