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Size of herniated disc

MTL1998MMTL1998 Posts: 2
edited 10/01/2015 - 10:58 PM in Degenerative Disc Disease

I just got my MRI report with this:

L4-L5: Mild diffuse disc bulge. No disc herniation. No central canal stenosis. Normal neural foramina and nerve roots. Mild bilateral facet hypertrophy.

L5-S1: There is central and right paramedian sub-ligamentous disc herniation indenting the thecal sac and compressing the right S1 nerve root into the right recess. The disc herniation measures 1.8 cm in transverse, 1.2 cm in height and 0.6 cm in thickness.

I would like to know if the herniation size is considered big?

I saw some posts where people refer to 10mm herniation, which size the 10MM is referring? trnasverse, height, or thickness?

Thanks in advance for any help!


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  • MILD Treated with conservative measures such as Physical Therapy and mild medications. Many times these situations can be cleared up and the condition can be resolved.
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