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What does disc bulges at levels C3/4, C4/5, C5/6 and C6/7 indicate?

May 2014
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Had a Cervical MRI done, and here are the results..C3/4- Minimal Broad based disc bulge. C4/5-Mild broad based disc bulge slightly asymmetric to the right. C5/6-Disc space height is diminished. Mild disc bulge osteophyte complex is present with bilateral uncinated process hypertrophy, Left is greater then Right. Moderate Left and mild to moderate Right foraminal narrowing. Mild central spinal canal stenosis is present. C6/7- Mild broad based disc bulge.
Posted Thu, 20 Mar 2014 in Brain and Spine
Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Please find detailed answer below Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for writing in to us. I have read through your query in detail. Your MRI report mentions disc bulges at levels C3/4, C4/5, C5/6 and C6/7. Of these the ones at C3/4, C4/5 and C6/7 are of minimal to mild in nature. The disc bulge at C5/6 is of significant amount and there is also degeneration seen in the bones at that level. There is nerve root compression on both sides with possible decrease in the spinal canal diameter. There is decrease in disc height too. This could probably mean that your pain is mainly due to degeneration occurring at this level. Hope your query is answered. Do write back if you have any doubts. Regards, Dr.Vivek
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