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Annular tears in disc

edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Chronic Pain
Can MRI show Annular tears? Of is a discogram needed to confirm.


  • An annular tear can be seen on a MRI, but depending on its size and position, it can also be missed. Surgeons have a variety of opinions on the discogram test. Some order them routinely while others almost never order them unless absolutely necessary.
  • So if the MRI doesn't show that would mean its small. So would most docs consider it not a major area of your pain then?
  • did not show on an MRI. I have multiple tears. A discogram confirmed that they were indeed pain generators.

    Even the small ones can cause immense pain. Some folks have them and they cause no pain at all so I think that docs differ in opinions of them.

    A tear can let a gel like substance leak from your disc. The fluid can irritate and compress the nerves.

    A discogram may well be what it takes in order to confirm or deny that they are causing you pain.

    Good luck and keep us posted.
  • they showed up on the discogram.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • I had every test evailable and every treatment and the discogram showed tears in 3 discs. Just because they are small, is no indication of pain. The discogram comfirms the pain generaters. Mine were terribly painful. Hope this helps.
  • L3-S1 all had tears on MRI, I swear they hurt!
  • My first MRI showed the herniated disc and small annular tear. The second MRI 18 months later showed DDD and it didn't mention anything about the tear. I still have pain and no Surgeon said they would do a discogram on me. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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