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Help!!!!!! I'M confused

Postby ocset1 » Sat May 26, 2007 2:12 pm

Hi all

Just received a letter asking me to contact the hospital to arrange a MRI of my Lumbar spine.

I am now very confused as I thought my syrinx was in the thorasic area.

I had a basic MRI of the lumbar and it showed nothing abnormal.

Having read my last letter from the neurologist it states that I have a syrinx in the 'dorsal cord' centered on D6/7 and extending at least two spinal segments.

Where is the DORSAL CORD? Is it the same as thorasic? or is it Lumbar?

I have tried looking it up on websites etcf but to no avail.

PLEASE HELP I want to have my facts straight before I phone for my appointment. I hope you can help.

Thanks
AJ England.
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Dorsal

Postby razzle51 » Sat May 26, 2007 2:57 pm

If I am not mistaken Dorsal means the back side of something . Like the back side of the spine or back side of the foot . So Dorsal can mean anywhere on the back side. So I guess D6/7 would be the back side of thorasic at 6 & 7.

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http://www.doctorslounge.com/studlounge ... ermatomes/
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Postby cash71 » Sat May 26, 2007 3:08 pm

Hi,

Your dorsal side refers to your back side and your ventral side refers to you front side. I think dorsal cord would refer to the back or posterior side of your spinal cord but doesn't tell at what level. There is only cervical, thoracic and lumbar levels. Maybe your syrinx is more towards the back side or dorsal side of your spinal cord in the thoracic level.

http://www.uottawa.ca/academic/med/hend ... vroots.htm

That kinda sounds confusing so here's a diagram. I'm not sure why they would be repeating a lumbar MRI if you already had one done.

HTH,

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Dorsal

Postby razzle51 » Sat May 26, 2007 3:14 pm

I added a different site to my post above

http://www.doctorslounge.com/studlounge ... ermatomes/

yes I would say the same dont know why he would be doing another Lumbar MRI .
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Postby the 4ks » Tue May 29, 2007 7:34 am

Maybe they just want to make sure again that you do not have a syrinx in the lumbar region???
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Postby crazy1 » Tue May 29, 2007 10:22 am

AJ

The thoracic and dorsal are the same thing, just a different word. The fin on the back of a fish is called the dorsal fin.
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Postby cash71 » Tue May 29, 2007 11:42 am

Sorry but they are not the same thing. thoracic refers to its vertical position and dorsal refers to its horizontal position on the cord.

You could have a cervical or lumbar syrinx on the dorsal side of the cord just as easily.

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Postby crazy1 » Tue May 29, 2007 1:41 pm

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Postby crazy1 » Tue May 29, 2007 2:12 pm

Sorry everyone

I meant to say that dorsal and thoracic VERTEBRA are the same thing - I was told that a long time ago by a dr. After reading your posts again I realise what I wrote doesnt sound right, but I am sure that AJ's syrinx at D6/7 means that the syrinx is at T6/7.
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Postby ocset1 » Sat Jun 02, 2007 2:15 pm

Hi there

Thanks for your replies. I think that I understand a little better now.

Why is this all so confusing? There is so little information out there.

I now have the MRI appointment ( 20th June) at a L ondon Hospital which is a little scary. Still not sure what part of my spine they will scan , but intend to check this before I get there.

Hopefully they will use a contrast too this time to make the image clearer. Has anyone had this? Does it make you feel unwell at all?

Thanks again for all your responses.

AJ
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