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MRI results few things not sure about

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
I have had a micro discectomy already two years ago, I had an MRI a few weeks ago due to ongoing pain and problems withback, scan report says in one part- " The left foramen l4-l5 is moderatly narrowed. However there is no evidence of foramen nerve root compression. What does this mean?????

It also says..

Early osteopyte formation is seen in the vertebal endplates throughout the lumber spine.

Anyone have more of an understanding on these two points?



  • Welcome to the board. The foramen are the small openings in the vertebra through which the spinal nerves pass through. Osteophytes are bone spurs. Do prior MRI's or CT reports have similar wording? I would ask your doctor to interpret the findings for you. Hope this helps.
  • "The left foramen l4-l5 is moderatly narrowed. However there is no evidence of foramen nerve root compression."

    As pfd mentioned, the foramina are small holes that are used by the spinal nerves to exit the spine. What is supposed to be an open hole can become clogged with arthritic-type formations, and other things can also narrow the space, like a herniated disc. In your case, there is sufficient room for the spinal nerve to pass through the foramen unimpeded, just as is supposed to happen. (ie., no problem, despite the foramen being a little bit narrowed)

    The endplate is a part of the vertebra. There are arthritic-type bony growths on the endplates throughout the lumbar spine -- this would be the L1 through L5 vertebrae. This is perhaps indicative of a type of spinal arthritis. Your doctor will be able to answer all your questions when you see him.

    Where was your discectomy?
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