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MRI showing the disc osteophyte complex causing moderate to severe stenosis of the central canal. What does it mean?

Hi There. Just got back from Othro qnd MRI showed that at c4/c5 a 3mm diffuse disc osteo[hyte complex is noted. The disc osteophyte complex cause moderate to servere stensosis of the centarl caanal an is in contact with the ventral asp-ect o the cord causisn mild flattening. Foramina are midly stenosed. What does this mean. Ahe is having me habve surgery tuesdat right away.
Asked On : Mon, 18 Mar 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

The MRI findings suggest bulging of disc (slipped disc) in the neck region, with compression of nerves and spina cord.

Surgery would help decompress the nerves and spinal cord, thus improving the symptoms.

You could discuss the pros and cons of surgery, as well as conservative treatment (without surgery), with your doctor.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Answered: Thu, 27 Jun 2013
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