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This is what the MRI says

ajamiesonaajamieson Posts: 65
My most recent MRI radiology report states, "Susceptability artifact partially obscures the left ventral epidural space and the thecal sac. Malposition of the anterior hardware fusion device in the disc space is within the differential diagnosis. Abnormal signal within the left epidural space extending towards the L5-S1 neural foramen may be related to scar and should be clinically correlated."

I have horrible sciatica. When the surgeon told me the results of my most recent MRI (above) he said everything appeared to be fine. Didn't mention anything above. Could these things be causing my continued sciatic pain?


  • It sounds like your hardware is obscuring the view. This can happen when you have metal in your body. The radiologist is indicating that your Doctor should correlate your symptoms to the report. When did you have your surgery? If not long ago, have you done any PT to keep the nerves from getting bound up by the formation of scar tissue? What does your Doctor say about the sciatica?

  • My doctor just says we can try epidural spinal injections and see if that helps. I have done PT since my surgery which was December 2009. Thanks for responding.
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