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Old 12-15-2009, 11:29 PM   #1
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C-Spine MRI report - please help - scared!!

After over 10 years of neck pain, headaches, arm and leg numbness and weakness, I finally convinced my primary care doctor to order an MRI of my cervical spine. Here are the findings on the report:


C4-5: Mild diffuse posterior osteophytic ridge/disc bulge mildly indenting ventral thecal sac. No spinal canal stenosis. Neural foramen are patent.

C5-6: Mild to moderate diffuse posterior osteophytic ridge/disc bulge moderately indenting ventral thecal sac. No spinal canal stenosis. Neural foramina are patent.

C6-7: Moderate diffuse posterior ostephytic ridge/disc bulge abutting the ventral surface of the cord. No spinal canal stenosis. Neuroforamina are patent.

Then there was an addendum (after the radiologist consulted with another radiologist):

Further review of the patient's MRI shows that the moderate sized osteophytic ridge/disk bulge at C6-7 results in mild flattening of the ventral surface of the cord and the size of the cord is mildly decreased in circumference when compared to the cord above and below the C6-7 disk level. This results in some mild compression on the ventral surface of the cord. This could be a manifestation of mild cord atrophy at C6-7."

So what does this mean? I'm scared half to death - especially of the atrophy. I sent the report to a neurosurgeon. The radiologist recommended seeing a neurologist... Which one should I see? Could this be the cause of all of my symptoms?

Any help would be SO appreciated!!

Shelly :-)

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Old 01-09-2010, 11:44 AM   #2
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Re: C-Spine MRI report - please help - scared!!

When we read radiology reports of our MRIs, mostly the alarming words jump out of the page. I understand that you are scared and upset. Try to focus more on all the places it says "mild" and be aware that certain changes come naturally with age.

The radiologist recommended that you see a neurologist. I think that would be the next step you should take. Unfortunately, bulging discs a normal sign of aging.
Try not to worry - remember the word "mild" is dominant.

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