Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

In this Discussion

Veritas-Health LLC has recently released patient forums to our Arthritis-Health web site.

Please visit http://www.arthritis-health.com/forum

There are several patient story videos on Spine-Health that talk about Arthritis. Search on Patient stories
Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
Attention New Members
Your initial discussion or comment automatically is sent to a moderator's approval queue before it can be published.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

Results of MRI

Irish55IIrish55 Posts: 17
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I've posted under a different subject line about my back problems and trying to figure out if a spinal fusion is the right step to take to relieve my pain. I had a CT scan that showed a fracture at T1 and a pedicle screw that may or may not be impinging on a nerve. My doctor ordered an MRI to get a better idea of what was going on. I'd like to post the results and then ask folks if these findings would indicate that surgery might be needed to stabilize the fracture and the screw:

C2-3: Normal disc. Moderate left facet and uncovertebral hypertrophy. C3-4: Disc bulge. Mild left facet and right uncovertebral hypertrophy. C4-5: Small disc protrusion. C5-6: Diffuse bulge with mild canal narrowing. Mild bilateral neural foraminal narrowing and moderate facet hypertrophy. C6-7: Diffuse bulge with mild canal narrowing. 4-mm right perineural cyst and mild-moderate left neural foraminal narrowing. C7-T1: Normal disc. T1-T2 Left perineural cyst. IMPRESSION: 1) Multilevel degenerative spondylosis with central canal narrowing and neural foraminal narrowing as detailed above. 1) Compression fracture of T1, T2 and T4. 3) Artifact from pedicle screws traverses the spinal canal on the left at the T2 level. Can not exclude extension of screw transgression into the canal on this examination. CT imaging may further deliniate this finding.

Any comments? Does this seem to indicate that this screw is entering the spinal canal? Is it dangerous to just let it stay where it is or could it move and cause severe nerve damage or even paralysis? Thanks in advance for any info you can share with me! Kath


Sign In or Register to comment.