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Spine and Back Health

Cervical and low back MRI

09/19/2008

Question:

Received a MRI of spince; summary findings cervical; reversal of the normal cervical lordosis and severe disc osteophyte complexes at multiple levels; flattening of the anterior thecal sac at C4-C5 to C6-C7. Neural foramina are narrowed bilaterally by uncovertebral osteophytes from C4-C5 to C6-C7. Lumbar disc desiccation and degeneration of the discs of L4-L5 and L5-L1.mild central spinal canal stenosis and lateral recess narrowing at L4-L5. Also finding of hemangioma of the sacrum. Question - In summary what does this mean? Would surgery be needed?

Answer:

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Response by:

David J Hart, MD David J Hart, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University