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Mri = annular tear ?

john 40jjohn 40 Posts: 190
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a micro-d on l5-s1 disc 9 months ago would scar tissue look like a tear on new mri ?


  • Hi there...tough to tell. It could look like a piece of disc pressing on the nerve.

    Did you have the MRI with and without contrast?
    Typically after back surgery it's good to have it from the same place that did your initial images. Also, they like to get them with and without contrast. With Contrast allows the radiologist/surgeon to distinguish a little better b/t scar tissue and re-herniation.

    What symptoms are you having?
    Scar tissue tends to be 'lighter' I think on the contrast but I'm not positive. I have 3 MRI's (2 post op).
  • same place same people same radiologist --report say annular tear may be related to prior surgery ?
    low back pain walnut in there leg pain foot pain but not like before surg little all the time worse with activity or sitting or standing 10-20 min report say slight neuro foramen compromise most of the report is about the tear and asymmetry in the s1 nerve roots i go see new nero in 17 days
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