Re: bilateral facet joint hypertrophy
Ok. let me take a stab at this. Your spine consists of bone and discs. The bony parts are called facets, which are connected to each other at joints, called facet joints. Facet joints are on the left and right side of each facet.
You have bilateral facet hypertrophy. This basically means you have enlarged facet joints at the level you mentioned on both sides at that level. This is considered chronic inflammation in this area, and is best described as a rheumatic disease (meaning like arthritis).
I hope that helps some.
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Fusion at L4/L5 Apr -2006
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