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What is superimposed central disc protrusion?

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Posted on Fri, 9 Jun 2017 in Brain and Spine
Question: what does super imposed mean when it's talking about a discprotrusion.
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
something happening along with the disc protrusion

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Superimposed implies that there is one thing laying over or happening along with another issue.

As it relates to disc protrusion-- the discs are made up of two areas, the outer ring called the annulus fibrosis and a central area called nucleus pulposus.

In addition to the outward bulge or protrusion that is normally seen, other problems can be superimposed or occur along with the more common outward bulge.
For example- superimposed central disc protrusion means that the disc is also pushing inwards towards the spinal canal.
This can affect the nerves leaving the spinal cord

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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