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Is indentation of the anterior thecal sac with slight abutment of the anterior aspect of the spinal cord a serious concern?

At C5-6, I have a loss of intervertebral disc height with a broad-based posterior disc osteophyte resulting in an indentation of the anterior thecal sac with slight abutment of the anterior aspect of the spinal cord. I was worred when I read abutment of the anterior aspect of the spinal cord.
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
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I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

There is a disc bulge with anterior thecal sac and little part of the spinal cord is coming out of that sac. It's a common finding and happens in all indentation cases.

You don't have to worry so much about that. Since it is progressive, it can get worse. I don't know whether neurosurgeon has told you to fix this up with surgery or not if he says then better to get it fixed at the earliest rather than delaying.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

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Dr. Archana
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