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Help needed to understand MRI report.

MKPMMKP Posts: 1
edited 01/11/2016 - 2:23 PM in Lower Back Pain
Please help understand this report, have had prolapse disc 2 years ago at L5-S1.

There is a persistent loss of the normal number londosis suggesting muscular spasm. Vertebrail alignment otherwise unremarkable. Normal conus.

Persistent degenerative disappearing seen at L4 -L5 five S1 and L5S1 levels with reduction in T2 signal and reduction in height which is most marked in L5 S1 but unchanged.

Persistent constructive annular disc bulging seen at L4-5 with slight reduction in the volume of the canal but appearances are unchanged from the previous study.

At L5 S there is a right posterolateral disc protrusion causing persistent but apparently unchanged indentation of the lunar theca and compression and distortion of the right S1 nerve root. Associated bilateral facet effusions seen at this level.

Unchanged right posterolateral L5-S1 disc prostrusion causing indentation of the lumbar thecs and compression and distortion of the right S1 nerve root.


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