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Old 03-25-2005, 03:44 AM   #1
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Question Mri Terms Need Definitons

Just Wondering If Anyone Could Define These Terms From A Recent Mri Report Post Plif 1 And 1/2 Yrs Still Having Alot Of Pain. Please Help With List Below.
1. Foraminal Stenosis
2. Disc Desiccation
3. Bilateral Facet Hypertrophy
4. Neural Foraminal Narrowing
5. Epidural Enchancement
6. Conjoined Nerve Root
7. Spondylitic Changes
8. Multilevel Facet Arthropathy
Thank You For The Help.

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Old 03-25-2005, 06:11 AM   #2
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Re: Mri Terms Need Definitons

I can help with a few terms:

[B]Foraminal stenosis[/B]: affects one or more vertebrae and in a 'normal' situation, the nerve roots slip through the foramen with enough room but with age and disease, the opening may become clogged and result in nerve compression. It may not be critical but it could lead to loss of function if the nerves die.

[B]Disc dessication[/B]: also called degenerative disc disease and means, dry discs.

[B]Facet hypertrophy[/B]: enlarged facet (joints?) that can cause problems with spinal cord and nerve roots.

[B]Conjoined nerve root[/B]: a pair of unilateral nerve roots in a unique dural sleeve that leaves the spinal column through a single intervertebral foramen or at two separate levels and is prone to compression.

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