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Lumbar MRI Results

murrayb67mmurrayb67 Posts: 1
edited 01/20/2015 - 8:00 AM in Lower Back Pain
I just got the results from last night's MRI. I've had three cervical fusions, but this is my first lumbar problem, so I was hoping someone could help translate this into plain English. Symptomatically, I have lots of pain in the lower back, groin and legs, primarily on the right. TIA

Comments: There is no fracture. The vertebral body heights are maintained.
There is mild desiccation and loss of height at L1-L2. There is desiccation and mild loss of height at L4-L5.
There is moderate loss of height again seen at L5-S1. Now seen is increased prominence of discogenic
endplate reactive signal now T1 hypointense and T2 hyperintense compatible with edema, in association with
mild endplate irregularity and hyperintense T2 and STIR fluid signal at the disc space. The findings are likely
related to progressive degenerative change although the possibility of early discitis cannot be completely
excluded. There is no paravertebral mass effect or soft tissue infiltration or evidence of focal collection. No
epidural mass effect or collection is suggested. The marrow changes appear confined to the region of the
endplates. There is no collapse of the disc space.
L1-L2 reveals minimal disc bulge without disc herniation. No canal or foraminal stenosis.
L2-L3 and L3-L4 reveal no disc bulge or herniation. No canal or foraminal stenosis.
L4-L5 reveals mild disc bulge with small broad-based superimposed left foraminal herniation with mild
narrowing of inferior left neural foramen. The right neural foramen is patent. There is mild facet and ligamentum
hypertrophy without canal stenosis.
At L5-S1, there are changes at the disc and endplates as discussed above. There is broad-based mild to
moderate disc bulge with spondylosis without focal disc herniation. There is facet and ligamentum
hypertrophy. There is moderate right-sided and mild-to-moderate left-sided foraminal narrowing.
1. Progressive changes at the L5-S1 level are most likely related to progressive degenerative disc changes.
Although not completely excluded, early discitis is felt to be less likely given the lack of phlegmonous
paravertebral changes and lack of focal collection and the confinement of marrow changes around the region
of the endplates with no collapse of the disc space. Close clinical correlation and follow-up are recommended
with plain films and/or MRI follow-up if clinically indicated to reassess.
2. Small left foraminal herniation of L4-L5 is again seen with mild narrowing of inferior left neural foramen.
3. No new disc herniations. No canal stenosis.

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