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can anyone explain the following to me
there is moderate anterior compression deformity localizing to the T12 level.bulging discs are noted at several levels there is linier T2 several increase compression fractures at the T12 L1
there is linear T2 signal increase noted originating slightly cephalad relative to the T5 area and most prominent here but extending distally throughout the length of the canal. this measures 3mm in size maximally at the T5 level and less so within the caudal portions of the spinal cord this is felt to represent prominent central canal versus syrinx formation scoliosis with pronounced degenerative disc disease and osteoarthrithritis. compression fractures at the T12 and L1
there is moderate midlumbar scolisiosis which is convex to the left side Marked is based narrowing is present at the L1-to come L2-L3 and L3-L4 l1-to come L2-3,l3-l4 AND L5-S1 moderate anterior wedge deformity of the T12 appears chronic. Osteophytes are located through the lumbar spine with disc desiccation
bilateral laminectomy defects from prior surgery, there is marked laminectomy change involving the posterior elements on the side Menial asymmetric left-sided posterior vertebral osteophyte is present There is asymmetric signal within the left lateral spinal canal which abuts the thecal sac and is most likely related to scar.Diffuse anterior osteophyte is present with no definite disc herniation The L5-S1 neural foramen is narrowed.

What does all this mean ? signal etc. and why would my doctor mention CANCER in my back ????? Please help me deceiver this mumbo jumbo..
THANK YOU
BJ (wilber)
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replied July 19th, 2008
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hi sunshine51

"moderate anterior compression deformity localizing to the T12 level. bulging discs are noted at several levels there is linier T2 several increase compression fractures at the T12 L1"

T12 is the sixth vertebra from the bottom, anterior means the front, either the disk or the vertebral body at this level is showing signs of narrowing at the front due to a compressive force.

"compression fractures at the T12 L1"
compression fractures are fractures of the vertebral body, or front part of the vertebra. Compression fractures of the spine generally occur from too much pressure on the vertebral body.


"there is linear T2 signal increase noted originating slightly cephalad relative to the T5 area and most prominent here but extending distally throughout the length of the canal. this measures 3mm in size maximally at the T5 level and less so within the caudal portions of the spinal cord this is felt to represent prominent central canal versus syrinx"
I cant really say much about this you should talk with your doctor about this. these things very rarely have any thing to do with cancer.

"scoliosis with pronounced degenerative disc disease and osteoarthrithritis."
Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine, degenerative disk disease is a number of things including, narrowing of the disk
, lack of moisture in the disk,
bulging of the disk, and the formation of bony spurs around the margins of the disk. Osteoarthritis is thinning of the bones, and the formation of extra bone around the margins of the joint.

"there is moderate midlumbar scolisiosis which is convex to the left side Marked is based narrowing is present at the L1-to come L2-L3 and L3-L4 l1-to come L2-3,l3-l4 AND L5-S1 moderate anterior wedge deformity of the T12 appears chronic. Osteophytes are located through the lumbar spine with disc desiccation"

you have scoliosis (side bending) of the lumbar spine which is the bottom five vertebra.
Anterior wedge deformity is when the vertebral body is narrow at the front.
Osteophytes are small bony growths.
disc desiccation is a lack of moisture in the disks.


"bilateral laminectomy defects from prior surgery, there is marked laminectomy change involving the posterior elements on the side Menial asymmetric left-sided posterior vertebral osteophyte is present There is asymmetric signal within the left lateral spinal canal which abuts the thecal sac and is most likely related to scar.Diffuse anterior osteophyte is present with no definite disc herniation The L5-S1 neural foramen is narrowed."

bilateral laminectomy defects are the changes in your vertebral bone from your previous surgery. more ostoephytes and scar tissue, the neural foramina are grooves in the vertebra that the nerves coarse out of L5-S1 is the bottom level and they are narrow.

all the best sunshine51
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replied July 19th, 2008
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Hello Sunshine,

Rollar has provided you with some good explanations.

Now see the best spinal surgeon you can find in your area and ask for his/her thoughts on the questions you have asked here.

RichT
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replied July 28th, 2008
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Rich is correct, you need to have your questions answered by a spine specialist. We are not trained to explain the details of your MRI reading to you or know what they mean.

Fran
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replied October 14th, 2011
what does this mean posterior disk protrusion at c5-c6
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replied October 15th, 2011
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It means the disk is protruding (Buldging) at the back part of the disk. At the C5-C6 level naer the base of your neck
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replied January 30th, 2012
What does it mean to have a "Mild Compression deformity of T12"?
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replied January 31st, 2012
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Sanguinar03,

"Mild Compression deformity of T12"

This means that in the twelfth thoracic vertebra, its body has been compressed, or scrunched down some.

It is listed as mild, but does not give any percentage of the body's normal height, as determine exactly how much the body has been compressed.

There is also no mention of any neural elements being compromised.

The vertebral bodies can be thought of as Styrofoam blocks. It the block is compressed or pushed down, it will permanently be smaller or compressed.


This can be due to several things but the most common are from trauma (compression fracture), osteoporosis (insufficiency fracture), infection, and tumors. Of these, trauma is usually seen in the younger population and osteoporosis is usually seen in the older population.


You need to discuss the finding with your physician. All findings on any study need to be correlated with the patient's history, symptoms, and physical exam.

Good luck.
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replied January 30th, 2012
What does it mean to have a "Mild Compression deformity of T12"?
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replied October 4th, 2012
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i have amount of edema in L1 shown mild interval decrease implying some interal healing but a addition compression defromity is noted mild increase in l1 compression deformity. what does that mean?
plus edema is also noted in superior anterior corner of vertebral bodies at L2 and L3 possibly regional dated 2 mild divulsion. What does that mean .
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