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MRI shows disc osteophyte complex mildly narrows the ventral subarachnoid space without canal stenosis. Explain

Could you please explain an MRI finding for me. It says C4-5 Disc osteophyte complex mildly narrows the ventral subarachnoid space without canal stenosis . There is marked right uncinate process hypertrophy , producing marked right foraminal stenosis. There is mild left uncinate process hypertrophy, producing mild foraminal stenosis. I know what foraminal stenosis is, but the rest I don t understand.
Asked On : Thu, 15 Nov 2012
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Basically it means that there is a problem at the joint of your 5th and 6th cervical verterbrae.
There is some bone degeneration and abnormal growths (osteophytes) and overgrowth of a part of the spine near the spinal cord (the uncinate processes). Combined these degenerative growths are causing foraminal stenosis.
Answered: Fri, 16 Nov 2012
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