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what does this mean?

loraollorao Posts: 37
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
hi everone
i have been trying to find it on the net with no luck.
leakage into epidural space grade 5. what does the grade 5 mean?


  • Hi there! Welcome Lora

    I would call the dr back and ask him to explain this. If he cannot or will not, call your PCP and ask them to help you. A PCP might not be able to read a MRI and they might not fully understand the report but hopefully they can research it, call your dr, or find somebody who will give you more information. I really do not know what it means but I would definitely try to find out what the findings mean for you.
  • I finally found it!
    there are 0-5 grade 0 is a normal disk, 5 being the most severe. I tryed to copy and past the picture but could not.

    The ‘evil’ grade 5 tear describes either a grade 3 or grade 4 radial tear that has completely ruptured that outer layers of disc and is 'leaking' contract material from the disc into the epidural space. This type of tear is thought to have the ability to induce a severe inflammatory reaction in 'some' peoples posterior neural structures. In some cases this inflammatory process is so severe is causes a painful 'chemical radiculopathy' and sciatica 'without' even the presents of nerve root compression.
    Thanks for the replys....lora

  • You reposted before I was able to send you this link that explains it. :-)


  • thank you for the info
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