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Old 05-17-2017, 01:36 AM   #1
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need help understanding CT scan results after mylogram

C2-3 there is mild narrowing of the left neural foramen secondary to unconvertebral hypertrophy. No facet arthropathy.

C3-4 there is moderate to severe intervertebral disc space narrowing with small osteophytes and vacum phenomenon. There is diffuse disc osteophyte complex eccentric to the left which contacts and slightly flattens the left aspect of the adjacent ventral spinal cord and contributes to overall mild spinal canal narrowing. Minimal left unconvertebral hypertrophy contributing to minimal neural foraminal narrowing. There is mild left facet arthropathy.
Central spur contact adjecant ventral spinal cord.

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Re: need help understanding CT scan results after mylogram

Welcome to the board.

Simply put, there are some degenerative changes occurring in the cervical neck segments mentioned in the part of the report you have posted. These are fairly high up in the neck. Your doctor might refer to this as spondylosis.

Spondylosis often occurs as a result of wear and tear on the spine. As a disc degenerates, there is a narrowing of the space occupied by the disc. Bone spurs often form as the disc begins to degenerate --the body's attempt to stabilize this particular segment of the spine. However, it results in an enlargement of the joint, which then puts pressure on the adjacent spinal nerve.

When the joints enlarge too much, they take up more room than their allotted space, which results in the crowding of the spinal nerve or nerves. In this case, at C3-4, this enlargement is coming in contact with the spinal canal, causing the spinal canal to be slightly narrowed. Again, this contact means there is less room for the nerves of the spinal cord...which leads to some nerve compression.

The good news is that all this is judged to be causing a small amount of nerve compression, a small amount of narrowing of the spinal canal.

(Radiologists use specific words to describe "how bad" something is --
Minimal, mild, moderate, severe. When something is minimal or mild, it is generally ignored by a doctor! Conservative treatments will be suggested at this point.)

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