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    myelomalacia

    I know what some of the words mean.. but having a little bit of trouble putting it together to figure out what the whole thing means in lay terms if anyone can help.

    The spinal cord is normal in diameter until the level of T8-9 which point, the cord becomes ribbonlike extending to the conus. The proximal visualized cauda equina is unremarkable. A large area of abnormal T2 signal extends dorsally from the level of the inferior endplate of T8 to the midportion of T11.

    Marked myelomalacia and cord atrophy extending from the inferior portion of T8 to the cauda equina. Suspected focal central dorsal myelomalacia of the proximal thoracic cord from C7 to T7


    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisakaymd View Post
    I know what some of the words mean.. but having a little bit of trouble putting it together to figure out what the whole thing means in lay terms if anyone can help.

    The spinal cord is normal in diameter until the level of T8-9 which point, the cord becomes ribbonlike extending to the conus. The proximal visualized cauda equina is unremarkable. A large area of abnormal T2 signal extends dorsally from the level of the inferior endplate of T8 to the midportion of T11.

    Marked myelomalacia and cord atrophy extending from the inferior portion of T8 to the cauda equina. Suspected focal central dorsal myelomalacia of the proximal thoracic cord from C7 to T7

    Thanks.
    Moving this to the Care forum.

    The above means that you have myelomalacia (thinning and atrophy of the cord tissue) that extends from C7 to T7, primarily of the dorsal (toward the back of the body) part of the cord. The physician who ordered the MRI should sit down and explain the results with you.

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    Thx. He will...I'm just impatient.

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