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MRI results explanation

can someone explain this to me

EXAMINATION: MRI lumbar spine without

Normal vertebral body height and alignment. No focal acute bone marrow
signal abnormality. There is mild disc space narrowing and desiccation
at the levels of L1-L2, L2-L3 and L4-L5. Conus medullaris is normal in
signal and morphology terminating at the T12 level. No focal acute
paraspinal soft tissue abnormality. 

T12-L1: No disc herniation or spinal canal stenosis. No neuroforaminal

L1-L2: There is a right paracentral disc protrusion effacing the right
ventral aspect of the thecal sac with mild central canal narrowing.
There is no significant foraminal narrowing.

L2-L3: There is mild diffuse degenerative posterior disc bulge with
central annular tear. There is no significant central canal or
foraminal narrowing.

L3-L4: There is mild diffuse degenerative disc bulge without central
canal or foraminal narrowing.

L4-L5: There is mild diffuse degenerative posterior disc bulge without
significant effacement of the thecal sac. There is an annular tear in
the posterior aspect of the disc bulge. There is no central canal or
significant foraminal narrowing.

L5-S1: No disc herniation or spinal canal stenosis. No neuroforaminal

1. Right paracentral disc protrusion at L1-L2 with mild central canal
2. Degenerative posterior disc bulges at L2-L3, L3-L4 and L4-L5
without significant central canal or foraminal narrowing.



  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745
    edited 01/13/2017 - 2:29 PM
    hello chersitler66

    no one on the spine-health patient forums is medically qualified to provide any advice or or recommendations on any diagnostic test. however, the following key words can always be applied.

    mild .... treated with conservative measures such as physical therapy and mild medications. many times these situations can be cleared up and the condition can be resolved.

    moderate ....some more treatments may be needed, ie spinal injections, ultra sound and stronger medications. always a possibility of more aggressive treatment if the conservative measures don't help

    severe ....need for stronger medications. the requirement for surgery may be necessary.

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,357
    Have you gone over the findings with your doctor? If not, when do you see him again?
    It is very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information about you. All we have is an MRI which we can't read. When did this start? How are you doing? What kind of doctor are you seeing?
    All of this information is important to get other people to start responding.
    Hope to hear from you soon.  
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