Cervical Disk Herniations

Unknown Spine Case 3


Presentation

59 y/o woman with radicular pain in left arm.

Image Findings

A focal, central protrusion of the disk is noted at C4-5 with a left paracentral protrusion of the disk at C6-7. The sagittal images show spurring at C5-6 as well.

Discussion

Acute cervical herniated disks occur most commonly in ages from 20-40 years. Acute herniated disks in the cervical spine will commonly cause nerve root compression. Cord compression in older patients is more likely from chronic disks and osteophytes.
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