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    Old 06-14-2005, 04:11 PM   #1
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    Is cord compression the same as cord flattening?

    My friend says that cord flattening is more severe and surgery is necessary. I say that it is one and the same and have heard that people do conservative treatments to relieve the pain and pressure. Got lunch riding on this one ....... OK, who's buying. Thanks for your help!

     
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    Old 06-14-2005, 05:06 PM   #2
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    Re: Is cord compression the same as cord flattening?

    I don't think there's any set standards for terminology used by radiologists so I'd vote they could mean the same thing - depends on the radiologist - one will say flattening, another will say compression, another might say compression for mild compression and flattening for heavy compression, another one might miss the compression altogether, another might say indentation etc. etc.

    But I wish there was a standard terminology - I mean these are not unintelligent people - they're fully qualified physicians/Dr's, most other industries have figured out standard ways of reporting on things ...

     
    Old 06-14-2005, 08:10 PM   #3
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    Re: Is cord compression the same as cord flattening?

    I agree with you Rob that there should be a standard terminology. Appreciate your input - thanks.

     
    Old 06-15-2005, 03:17 AM   #4
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    Re: Is cord compression the same as cord flattening?

    Hello
    I did read on the web, If the spinal cord is compressed repeatedly, it begins to show flattening.
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    Old 06-16-2005, 02:57 AM   #5
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    Re: Is cord compression the same as cord flattening?

    Thanks, Jeanne!

     
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