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What does this mean in the MRI report ?

Significant findings include reversal of the normal cervical spinal curvature presumably secondary to spasm. There is degenerative disc disease with posterior protrusion of the disc and flattening of the anterior thecal sac at the C3-4, C4-5, C5-6 and C6-7 levels. In addition, there is slight flattening of the cervical spinal cord at C4-5 and C5-6 levels secondary to the central disc protrusion. The disc protrusion is generally greater on the right than the left. No significant neural foraminal stenosis or spinal stenosis is otherwise seen on the study.

The vertebral bodies, facets, pedicles and posterior elements are otherwise intact and generally unremarkable. The paraspinal soft tissues are normal.

Multilevel degenerative disc disease, which is most significant at the C4-5 and C5-6 levels where a mild degree of spinal cord flattening is identified.

Reversal of the cervical spinal lordosis secondary to paracervical musculature spasticity.



  • What does your doctor say it means. Keep in mind that none of us are medical professionals and it is more important to get the diagnoses from your doctor as to what it means. First we could give you something to worry about, when there is nothing or we could tell you it will all be fine when something more serious is going on. Next we assuming the report is correct? Keep in mind that all spinal MRI's will have some findings after the age of 25, as the spine is a series of joints and like any joint they get wear and tear on them.

    If you would like to learn more about the spine, first look at the video on the entire spine and see how it works. Next you could put some of the key words into the search bar at the top of the page and learn some of the terminology so when you speak with your doctor you will have a better understanding of what he/she is stating. But there is just no way for us to tell you what it all means.

    When is your appointment with your doctor? What kind of doctor ordered it? What kind of symptoms are you having. Like I say keep in mind somethings will show and your doctor will be working with the report and sometimes the images to and the clinical exam, to make a diagnoses.
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