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Help me understand my CT Scan results.

KrazybusKKrazybus Posts: 1
edited 03/18/2015 - 4:21 PM in Lower Back Pain
I recently had a Lumbar CT scan for chronic back pain and need help interpreting the results. As a side note, I have Cerebral Palsy.

CT lumbar spine without contrast

Date: 3/12/2015.

Clinical indication: Left-sided sciatica.

Technique: Multiple thin section axial images of the lumbar spine

are obtained in bone and soft tissue algorithm. Coronal and

sagittal reformatted images are provided.

Comparison: No prior imaging is available for comparison.

Findings: For the purposes of this dictation, it is assumed that

there are 5 nonrib-bearing fully segmented vertebral bodies.

Counting is based on this assumption. Sagittal images demonstrate a

grade 1 anterolisthesis of L5 upon S1 by approximately 10 mm. This

is secondary to bilateral pars interarticularis defects at L5-S1.

There is severe degenerative disc disease at L5-S1. The vertebral

body heights are maintained and the remainder of the alignment

appears unremarkable.

Intraspinal contents are not well seen by CT imaging.

Probable physiologic ovarian cyst on the right. This is only

partially imaged. Otherwise, the soft tissues appear unremarkable.

Axial images:

L1-L2: The disc appears within normal range. Mild facet changes. No

significant central canal or neural foraminal stenosis.

L2-L3: The disc is normal. No significant degenerative changes. No

neural foraminal or central canal stenosis.

L3-L4: Diffuse disc bulge. Mild facet disease. Mild central canal

stenosis. There is no significant neural foraminal stenosis.

L4-L5: Diffuse disc bulge. There is degenerative change the

posterior elements. There is moderate to severe central canal

0stenosis. No significant neural foraminal stenosis.

L5-S1: Pars defect. Severe bilateral neural foraminal and moderate

central canal stenosis.


Grade 1 anterolisthesis of L5 upon S1 secondary to bilateral pars

interarticularis defects with severe degenerative disc disease in

this location.

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  • EMS GuyEEMS Guy Posts: 920
    edited 03/19/2015 - 9:03 AM
    Your best bet is to speak with your doctor about this. People get freaked out when they see words like "Severe" and "Disk Bulge". The Moderators on this site are adamant about non-doctors interpreting results for very good reasons! No need getting either scared to death or to take something too lightly. You should have a follow up with your doc soon, so ask what all this means. If you scroll through the pages here, you will see entries comparable to yours. Perhaps doing a little page searching will yield some results for you.
    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
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