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Need help with medical terminology please!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Chronic Pain
Hello all, i have just had my second MRI performed and I have the results here. If anyone can explain to me what the actual meaning of these results are, I would be honored. They are as follows:

1. vertebral bodies are unremarkable. extradural defects at c4/c5 and c6/c7 which compress the anterior subarachnoid space. paravertebral tissues are unremarkable.

2. c3/c4 there is a left uncovertebral osteophyte narrowing the left c4 neural fomina.

c4/c5 there is a left paracentral disc protrusion which compresses the left c5 nerve root sleeve. there is a left sided uncovertable osteophyte narrowing the left c5 neural foramen.

c5/c6 left paracentral disc protrusion compressing the left c6 nerve root.

If anyone can help i would be grateful. These terms are also used in the rest of the MRI. If these terms can be explained i can decode the rest of it. BTW, my surgeon said that i have a genetic defect that does not allow my spine to produce enough collagen. has anyone out there ever heard of this?

Thank you immensely for your help and for reading this!


  • why don't you ask your doctor what it means. if they give you an mri, they should have made an appt for you and told you in plain english what all of this means and if you should have surgery or not. i have never had an mri without a follow through appt with dr. they show the film and tell you what it all means. if they don't get a new dr asap
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
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  • SpeedySSpeedy Posts: 1
    edited 10/25/2015 - 5:31 AM
    I just joined this site today to learn exactly the same thing as the original poster asking for help with terminology. I got a copy of my actual mri and also the detailed report which went with it. My orthopedic surgeon sat down with me and explained it to me and we discussed what my options would be and proceeded from there. From the original post, it sounds like they may very well have discussed the findings. To suggest that they should find another doctor, in my opinion, was not warranted. As I said, I followed up with my surgeon. After I got home, however, I sort of went "what?" He explained it but I didn't take in all he had discussed. So I felt that I wanted to dissect the report on my own. I got the gist of what he said but I wanted to go thru the report again on my own. How fortunate that you have always been able to comprehend and retain every detail that your doctor(s) discussed with you. My brain is by no means that capable. Anyway, to "Anonymous" [Means Member that has been Banned or Deleted] good luck on your journey. I wish you well.
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