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Understanding CT results

frankie062ffrankie062 Posts: 13
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Following 4 opperations a CT scan in feb shows I have a narrowing of the spinal canal at L45 due to a combination of broad based posterior disc protrusion and bilateral ligamentum flavum thickening. Comminuted fracture of the anterior aspect of the left iliac blade.
I understand the comminuted facture, but can anyone help me understand the rest ?? please.

Since my first Op in June 2009, microdisectomy, re exploration and a laminectomy and then following the decompression of cauda equina I had an anterior limbar spinal fusion. I now have a numb right foot previously all my pain numbness etc was on the left hand side. I am also in continuous pain from the comminuted fracture.

Can anyone help



  • Frankie, it is against forum rules here for us to help you interpret your CT scan results. The best thing is to discuss this with your doctor. Have a list of questions with you when you go so that you can know what to ask. Many people also google the definition of the specific phrases or words in their reports.

    Just a note though, I have found that when I read and try to analyze my own CT or MRI reports, I drive myself nuts trying to understand it all. And then when I finally see the doctor, he tells me what is really up. Keep in mind that radiologists are reporting everything that isn't "textbook" perfect on those images. Often they will note something on the report that is not symptomatic or an issue. I have found this to be true on more than one occasion. So try not to worry too much until you get more information from the doctor who ordered the films.

    Let us know what the doctor says. I hope these episodes of numbness on the opposite side are temporary for you.
    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
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