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Hemangioma in the C4 Vertebral body?

Just got MRI results back due to my neck, upper back & right shoulder & arm pain. In the Findings it reads: "There is mild reversal of the normal cervical lordosis. Alignment is otherwise normal. There are endplate degenerative changes at the C4-5 level. Bone marrow signal is otherwise normal. There is a hemangioma in the C4 vertebral body. Visualized structures in the posterior fossa are grossly unremarkable. The cervical cord demonstrates normal signal and size. Evaluation of the paraspinal and extra-spinal soft tissues demonstrates no abnormality."

What is a hemangioma? First thing I think of is cancer!

Thanks in advance of any and all feed back.



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 01/30/2014 - 7:57 PM
    Nobody on this forum is qualified to interpret an MRI, your doctor will explain the findings and the options for any issues


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  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    I have one on my spine and it is watched for growth, It hasnt changed size in years. Drs say they will not remove it can be too dangerous
  • I just got the same diagnosis on my MRI.  Atypical Hemangioma on C4.  I have an identical twin brother who has MS, and my first thought was they were misdiagnosing MS lesions on the neck (his lesions are mostly cervical), but I think the differentiator is there are usually MULTIPLE lesions with MS.   Have an appt with a neurosurgeon to go through options.  I've already had lumbar surgery (microsdiscetctomy on L5/S1) and was told 2 years ago cervical fusion was in my future due to one severely herniated disk and one that is moderately herniated.  I get pain in the right shoulder, right side of my thoracic spine and numbness in two fingers on my right hand.    One thing I see they left out in the report is the SIZE of the hemangioma.  I guess once I get the films I can see the extent of this.
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