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What does this diagnosis mean?

08/15/2008

Question:

What is a dessicated diffusely bulging L5-S1 disk? My MRI states that the disk demonstrates broad-based posterior bulging that is in relation to both S1 nerve roots. It does not touch the cial sac. It bulges into intervertebral formania bilaterally where it compromises, but does not eliminate fat associated with the existing L5 nerve roots. Moderate facet spondylosis noted at L5-S1.

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness. On this site, we try to answer general questions about health but cannot diagnose, interpret testing results or recommend treatment. You appear to have some very, very specific questions about your condition and testing results, which can only be answered properly by a physician who is familiar with your history, physical exam, and test results. Your questions about the testing results you've been given or the risks, benefits, and alternatives for proposed treatments of this condition need to be directed to your treating physician(s). You should insist that they answer these questions in a way that you are able to understand before consenting to any treatment. If your physician is unable to help you understand these issues, you should get a second opinion. Take care.

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Response by:

David J Hart, MD David J Hart, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University