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Interpreting MRI report

I'm 24 years old; my father, my sister, and myself have been diagnosed w/ degenerative disc disease and bulging discs in the lower back (all diagnosed at different times, but the onset of our symptoms began in early 20s.

I had an MRI last summer, and was wondering if someone could interpret the language in the report.
The header/bold sections are: HISTORY, COMPARISON, TECHNIQUE, & FINDINGS.
Under findings, it reports on "general"- which says lumbar alignment normal, no fractures, etc. Then, it says L1-2 thru L4-5 are unremarkable. Finally, the L5-S1 reports that "previously reported disc herniation has increased substantially in volume compared to prior study (MRI taken about 8 yrs ago). This is a broad-based central and right paracentral protrusion asymmetrically affecting the right S1 root.

So, I get that there is a herniation in this area, but where is this area? And is one type of protrusion/herniation more significant or painful than another?
Laura P. Stafford


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