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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I had 2 L4- L5 cyst removed in Sept. S/P L4-L5 fusion x2. Started having a "different" type of pain, so a MRI was done. The report started I have another cyst L5.. 5-6mm..My doctor says it's a "false" space showing up???? I have a medical background and I have never heard of this..
Doctor :   hello
User :   Hello
Doctor :   i am Dr here
User :   Tammy
Doctor :   give me a min please
Doctor :   i am going thru your query
User :   Ok.. I fusion (s) were done in 07' and the other in 09'
Doctor :   may i know your age please >?
User :   43
Doctor :   and you are having pain at this moment ?
User :   yes...left glut and lower left leg. Started getting worse and going to the right side
User :   That's why they did a x-ray & the MRI..
User :   Left lower leg numb
Doctor :   an MRI is a very clear imaging technique and the cyst would have been there , that is the reason you are having all these symptoms
Doctor :   a false space is something i am not aware of
Doctor :   and since you are SYMPTOMATIC that means it needs to be evaluated
User :   I NEVER heard of that either...He said it's the "space" where the cyst was...
Doctor :   The synovial cyst is best visualized on a MRI scan of the spine. It shows up as a hyperintense lesion that has the same signal intensity as water.
User :   you can see the white ( fluid) on the MRI...
User :   guess I have to get a copy of my old MRI which showed the two cyst they removed in Sept.
Doctor :   ok
User :   Thank You
Doctor :   yes that can give a better picture
Doctor :   but a SPACE will not cause these symptoms
User :   But can it even show up as such???
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   i am not aware and honestly i would to see your MRI for a correct diagnosis
Doctor :   but its better if you can get a second opinion by showing it to a another radiologist
User :   ok
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