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amartin86aamartin86 Posts: 1
edited 05/08/2015 - 1:24 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi there everyone,
My name is Ainslie and I'm looking for some information in regards to my moms recent MRI... I'm not very familiar with the structure of the spin and how different parts of it affect different areas of the body. I have been trying to do a bit of online research based on what my mom has told me today, but was hoping someone here could hopefully explain further or direct me in a direction for further research.

My mom (who is 55)
Jan 2014
Had an no contrast- multi planar- multi sequence MRI of the limbo scaral spin from T11 - Sacrum. The finding was this
L5 S1
Left small para Central disk extrusion contacts and mildly compresses the descending left S1 nerve root and may result in left S1 radiculopathy.
Her doctor at that point told her that this should eventually repair itself.

April 2015
Same type of MRI was performed this time to the whole spine as the pain has continued to be present along with what she describes as "shelf pain"
So results of the recent full spine MRI
Show no change to the results of Jan 2014 findings
Now her T12 bone marrow show little to no signal is classified as unresponsive with no evidence of lesion or tumor.

So I guess my questions are
What is the T12 and what does it do?
What could cause the T12 to become unresponsive?

I thank you in advance for any information that may help me understand this a bit better!

There is nobody on the forum qualified or permitted to interpret or advise on a MRI finding this is something you need to discuss with your doctor




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  • I do not know about the results of your Mom's MRI but you might start by looking up "dermatomes." It will help you understand the different parts of the spine and what different areas (like T12) affect and control. Hope this helps. You mom is fortunate to have a daughter who is interested like you are. {{{HUGS}}}
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