View Full Version : Help with Neck MRI

08-26-2017, 06:17 AM
can anyone explain what this means VA taking sweet time giving me results
C2-C3 : Unremarkable
C3-C4: Perhaps minimal retrolisthesis of C3 on C4. Mild disc
posterior osteophyte complex. Otherwise, this level is
C4-C5: Retrolisthesis of C4 on C5 with mild disc posterior
osteophyte complex. Central canal is borderline normal.
Otherwise, this level is unremarkable
C5-C6: Unremarkable
C6-C7: Mild retrolisthesis of C6 on C7. Disc posterior osteophyte
complex. There is mild left neural foramina narrowing. Central
canal is borderline. Otherwise, this level is unremarkable.
C7-T1: Unremarkable.
Cervical spinal cord demonstrates normal signal intensity and
morphology. No intramedullary, intradural, nor extradural
lesions. Posterior fossa is unremarkable . Bone marrow signal
intensity of the cervical spine is within normal limits.
Incidentally noted is dolichoectasia of the vertebral arteries at
the craniocervical junction.
Multilevel cervical spondylosis (see above for respective
Primary Diagnostic Code: 15-Abnormality Follow-up indicated.

08-29-2017, 07:20 AM
Welcome to the board. Most of the cervical MRI is fairly unremarkable. (Mostly OK). There is a bit of retrolisthesis which is a spondylolisthesis (one vertebra slips over the top of the adjacent one) to the rear. This may be a sign that there is a bit of instability.

One helpful tip to know when looking at a MRI report: radiologists use specific words as a type of evaluation to broadly indicate "how bad" or "how much" some issue is. They are: minimal, mild, moderate and severe. When something is minimal or mild, it is noted but not necessarily treated. Moderate can require conservative treatment and severe very often requires a surgical procedure.

I think the last part of the report where it says "Abnormality follow-up" is referring to the incidental finding of the dolichoectasia of the vertebral arteries at the craniocervical junction. This happened to be seen when the MRI was done of the cervical spine...and I don't know much about it, so you will have to speak to your doctor specifically about this, as it may or may not be significant.

The term dolichoectasia means dilated and elongated. It can result in weakened walls of an artery which could be very significant at this location...which is by the brain stem. You will want to get this checked out.

09-04-2017, 10:45 AM
Thank you for the Information