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Air Pocket Question

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:35 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi everyone, I was wondering if someone can give insight to a question I have.

I had an MRI done and the report states I have air pockets in between some of my discs, is there a downside or negative affect to this?

I believe this affect could be caused from my spondylolisthesis gr2/pars defect and several herniated discs.


  • That is one I have not heard before. Please come back and tell us what your doctor says about it. I can't quite imagine what an air pocket in that location would do.
  • A pocket of gas (generally nitrogen) can be seen on MRI and CT and can be used as a way of diagnosing Intervertebral Disc Disease. As the jelly like substance in the middle of the disc degenerates, it can create these gas pockets that can be seen on the imaging studies.

    Wait for your doc to look at your MRI before getting too concerned about anything. Radiology reports are not something to hang your hat on.

    Do let us know what your doctor has to say about it.

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