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Old 10-20-2003, 04:52 PM   #1
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Post Spondilo/MRI/Neural Foraminal Narrowing Questions

Greetings all:

I had a question (or two) that I thougt someone here may be able to help with...

Was diagnosed years ago (from a regular x-ray) with spondylosis and Grade 1 spondilolisthesis at L4/5 and S1. I had an MRI a couple of weeks ago and just got the written report which says:

"L5-S1 pars interarticularis defect. At l5-1 there is moderate to severe right neural foraminal narrowing and mild to moderate left neural foraminal narrowing. No significant spinal stenosis is present at L5-S1".

Now, on to the question(s).... The MRI report doesn't mention either of the spondilos. Does this mean that spondilo(s) only show up on regular X-rays and not on an MRI? was I misdiagnosed originally? Is the MRI language another way of saying one or the other of the spondilo(s)? I do have an appointment with my ortho doc in a couple of days, but figured I'd ask here and see if anyone had any insight. Oh yeah...what the heck is a "pars interarticularis defect" and what is 'neural foraminal narrowing'?

THanks so much if anyone has any info!

Sabrina

 
Old 10-22-2003, 07:30 AM   #2
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Hello,
I cant answer all your questions, but I can tell you that both my spondylolis and spondylolisthesis both showed up on the mri, I could also see the spondylolisthesis on the x-ray, but not near as good as the mri showed it. good luck, Debbie

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Sept. 25th 2003 Tyler, Texas had Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion with peek cages.

 
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Old 10-22-2003, 10:05 AM   #3
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Sabrina-
I, too, have foraminal narrowing. I believe the foramin is where the nerves exit the spinal cord. Both my X-Rays and MRI confirm my retrolisthesis - (the slippage is backwards).

Let us know what your Ortho says..

O'Girl

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20 years intermittent back pain - no treatment sought
Nov 2001 - herniated disk - Right leg radiculopathy
Jan 2002 - Chiropractic care
Mar 2002 - MRI, X-Rays, Oral steroids
Apr 2002 - L4/L5 Microdiskectomy
Sept 2002 - PT, Oral steroids
Oct 2002 - MRI, Xrays - Failed Back Syndrome
Apr 2003 - TFESI, EMG, MRI
Diagnosis - DDD - foraminal narrowing, disk bulges, osteophytes, ligamentum flavum hypertrophy, active marrow edema, levoscoliosis, retrolisthesis, scar tissue encompassing L5 nerve root, disk height diminished, abnormal EMG results for left leg
Sept 2003 - Discogram with Xrays, CT Scan.
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Oops, I forgot to add that I read someone's response just recently that did a great job describing a pars defect. Do a search on those words, and maybe you'll be able to find it.

O'Girl

 
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