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What does central disc protrusion with an annual tear and spinal canal patent mean?

My husband received a MRI result as follows; L5 S1 Moderate Buldging disc focal central disc protrusion with an annual tear. Spinal canal and neuroforamina are patent. Mild lateral recess stenosis at that level.

Can you tell me what this means in English.
Wed, 18 Dec 2013
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Hi,
Thank you for posting your query.

I have read the MRI lumbar spine report of your husband. First of all, I would like to reassure you that these abnormalities are minor and there is no need to worry about them.

There is a slipped disc (bulging of soft tissue located between vertebral bodies) at one level in lower back region.

This is a minor issue and can be managed with medications such as pregabalin and associated physical therapy.

I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you have any follow up queries or if you require any additional information.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India
Click on this link to ask me a DIRECT QUERY: http://bit.ly/Dr-Sudhir-kumar
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