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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:33 AM in Spinal Stenosis

i am posting this for my father. Father is having neck pain, back pain and cant stand or walk. He is feeling loosing control while standing. Recently father had MRI scan for Lumbar Spine and please check the report.

" MRI of Lumbar Spine [Plain]:

Lumbar spine was examined in sagittal, coronal and axial planes using FSE T1, STIR and T2W images.
Lumbar curvature and alignment in maintained. Multilevel lumbar spondylosis suggested by desiccation of discs and anterior marginal osteophytes.
L4-L5 and L3-L4 discs show mild left foraminal protrusion with annular bulge – causing narrowing of inferior recesses of Left L3-L4/L4-L5 neural foramina without exiting nerve root compression. Facet joints at L4-L5 show degenerative changes. Ligamentum flava thickening at L4-L5 contributing to thecal sac indentation from posterolaterally and mild compression of cauda. Narrowing of bilateral L5 Lateral recesses [Left>Right]- resulting in compression of traversing left L5 nerve roots.
Rest of the lumbar intervertebral discs appear normal.
Lumbar vertebrae show normal marrow signal and height. Pervertebral soft tissue is unremarkable.

MR Myelorgam shows circumferential narrowing of thecal sac at L4-L5. Few perineural cysts are noted in sacral region.
Lumbar canal diameter at L4-L5 : 9 MM with mild reduction in cross-sectional area.

Mild degenerative lumbar canal stenosis at L4-L5 contributed by posterior annular bulge with ligamentum flava thickening- resulting in mild compression of cauda. Bilateral L5 lateral recess stenosis [ Left > Right ] – resulting in compression of traversing left L5 nerve root.
L3-L4 and L4-L5 discs show left foraminal protrusion with annular bulge- without exiting nerve root compression within neural foramina.
No MRI evidence of CSF leak within epidural space. "

Thanks and regards




  • I'm sorry your father is dealing with this. Has his family doctor referred him to a specialist yet? I was also just diagnosed with moderate spinal stenosis and am in the process of being referred to a back specialist. Good luck and I hope your father gets some relief from this very painful condition.
  • sorry your dad is having so much discomfort. the scan he had done shows the many reasons for the problems he is having. i hope that a spinal surgeon has a solution. by the way have any studies been made of his neck as you mentioned he was having pain there also. it sounds like he is need of urgent help due to his discomfort. keep an eye out for any urinary or bowel problems. if they arise a trip to the emergency room might be appropriate
    i wish you luck
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