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    Old 10-04-2014, 11:35 AM   #1
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    Question Help understanding an mri

    FINDINGS; there is a minimal retrolisthesis on L5 on S1. Lumbar vertebral aligment is otherwise normal. Bone marrow signal normal. The conus terminates at L1-2. The cauda equina and conus edullaris appear normal. There is a very small lipoma in the filum terminale at the L4-S1 levels

    L5-S1 There is a mild posterior/left paracentral disc protrusion and very mild bilateral facet arthropathy. There is no definite L5 or S1 nerve root compression. There is no significant neural foramen or spinal canal stenosis.


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    Old 10-04-2014, 04:33 PM   #2
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    Re: Help understanding an mri

    What do you need to know? I'm no doctor, but it appears you have a bulging disc at L5,which they rate at mild, and its bulging to the left. It is not compressing the nerve so that's a good sign. I can't help you at the L4 level, but the radiologist rates it as small, so we need someone who is familiar with this terminology to decipher this. You need to tell us what you're looking for here so we can help you thru it.

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    The report indicates that there is some disc degeneration at the L5-S1 level, that there is a small disc protrusion as well as a small amount of facet joint arthritis. In addition there is a very small amount of spondylolisthesis at this level. This means that the vertebra is slipping over the top of the adjacent this case, slipping to the posterior side (retrolistless.) this can be an indication of some instability at this level, but since this slippage is thought to be very small, it is probably not causing any symptoms. These changes are not clearly hpressing on either spinal nerve at this level.

    Otherwise, things look OK...the other vertebrae are aligned normally, the spinal cord ends where it should and looks healthy. The filum terminals lipoma is a finding that is most probably insignificant, and is an uncommon finding that is left over from the embryonic stage. It can be a sign that there is tethered cord syndrome and it can be a cause of lower back it is something you would want to ask the spine specialist about.

    What symptoms are you having that caused you to seek MRI?

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