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Superimposed disc herniation

07/30/2003

Question:

What is the definition and significance of "central disc herniation superimposed upon degenerative disc bulges"?

Answer:

This is a degenerative or osteoarthritic disc condition involving both disc dehydration and bulging and osteophyte (bone spur) formation. This may or may not cause nerve tissue compression.

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Response by:

Anthony Guanciale, MD
Associate Professor and Director, Division of Spine Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati