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    Old 11-05-2014, 04:31 PM   #1
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    Need help with cervical MRI results.

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    C2-3: No Significant spondyloarthopathy

    C3-4: Right greater than left disc osteophyte complex which results in mild bilateral neural foraminal stenosis but patent spinal canal

    C4-5: Minimal right uncoverebral hypertrophy results in mild right neural foraminal stenosis, patent left neural foramen and patent spinal canal.

    C5-6: Disc osteophyte complex with focal left paracentral disc protrusion which results in focal stenosis of the spinal canal on the left but maintained cord calibler and shape without abnormal signal. There is minimal right and left neural foraminal stenosis.

    C6-7: Minimal right and left uncovertebral hypertrophy results in patent spinal canal, adequately patent right neural foramen but minimal left neural foraminal stenosis.

    C7-T1: Left greater than right facet hypertrophy results in patent spinal canal, mild right and left neural foraminal spinal stenosis.

    Impression: Multilevel cervical spondylosis as detailed above. Please refer to above report for detailed segmental analysis.

     
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    Old 11-05-2014, 06:10 PM   #2
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    re: Need help with cervical MRI results.

    First off, welcome to the boards. Your MRI results is very complex, as there is disease at multiple levels. A little terminology help will help you understand better what is happening. Foraminal stenosis means the nerves are being "pinched" by bony growths or protrusions or disc material, which causes pain to radiate into arms. Osteophytes are bone growths or spurs that jut out and press on structures like nerves and close off the foramen which are holes in the vertebrae where the spinal nerves pass through. If a structure is pressing on the spinal canal, it may press on the spinal cord which causes pain in the neck. Facet joints are slightly to the side of the central spine, and can become arthritic (hypertrophy or overgrowth of bone). Your Dr will probably want to do some tests to try to localize the exact area of source of your pain, so the treatment, probable surgical, can be focused on what is hurting you the most.

     
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    Old 11-05-2014, 06:15 PM   #3
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    re: Need help with cervical MRI results.

    Thanks for the reply.
    Pain has been in neck for 2 months.. not radiating much and when it does it doesnt go past shoulder. Neck has been "cracking" unusually since the onset.

     
    Old 11-05-2014, 06:26 PM   #4
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    re: Need help with cervical MRI results.

    Good news is that all the stenosis is described as mild, and you may respond well to some medication to reduce the nerve root inflammation, like non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. These problems tend to progress, but do so very slowly over years. So some conservative treatment now might help enough, and since your pain is only in neck, some facet joint injections may help as well. Eventually, you may need surgery, but that is dependent on how disabling and severe the pain is. If it is tolerable, there is no urgency.

     
    Old 11-06-2014, 11:41 AM   #5
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    re: Need help with cervical MRI results.

    Osteophytes are bone growths or spurs that jut out and press on structures like nerves and close off the foramen which are holes in the vertebrae where the spinal nerves pass through.

     
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