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Is cervical stenosis fatal?

Is cervical stenosis fatal?

It occurs from spinal stenosis that causes pressure on the spinal cord. If untreated, this can lead to significant and permanent nerve damage including paralysis and death.

How did I get cervical stenosis?

What Causes Cervical Spinal Stenosis? A common cause of cervical spinal stenosis is degeneration, or wear and tear affecting the anatomical structures in your neck due to aging. That’s why most people who have cervical spinal stenosis are adults in their 50s and 60s who may have had neck pain for several years.

What does it mean to have cervical stenosis?

Cervical stenosis is a narrowing of the cervical spinal canal. This narrowing of the spinal canal may result in compression of the spinal cord and/or the nerve roots and affect the function of the spinal cord or the nerve, which may cause symptoms associated with cervical radiculopathy or cervical myelopathy.

How does a doctor determine if you have spinal stenosis?

Diagnosis. To diagnose spinal stenosis, your doctor may ask you about signs and symptoms, discuss your medical history, and conduct a physical examination. He or she may order several imaging tests to help pinpoint the cause of your signs and symptoms.

Can a D & C be done for cervical stenosis?

If cervical stenosis causes symptoms or uterine abnormalities (eg, hematometra, pyometra), cervical cytology and endometrial biopsy or dilation and curettage (D & C) should be done to exclude cancer. Usually, cervical stenosis does not require treatment.

How does cervical stenosis with myelopathy lead to treatment?

A delay in the length of time it takes the signal to reach the brain indicates a compromise of the spinal cord. Getting a diagnosis for cervical stenosis with myelopathy relatively early in the process can lead to better results in treatment because less damage has been done to the spinal cord.

What is the best treatment for cervical stenosis?

The treatment of cervical stenosis is highly individualized depending on the specifics of each case. In mild cases, simple rest, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications or spinal injections may be sufficient to reduce symptoms.

How serious is cervical stenosis?

Cervical stenosis means, literally, tightening or narrowing of the canal around the spinal cord. Of the degenerative disorders that can affect the spine, it is potentially the most serious. If the cervical stenosis is profound enough, it can cause dysfunction of the spinal cord known as myelopathy .

What are the signs and symptoms of cervical spinal stenosis?

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    Is surgery necessary to treat cervical stenosis?

    Conservative treatments are the first line in cervical spinal stenosis treatment but where these have become ineffective against the neck pain, radiculopathy, or where myelopathy is present, surgery is usually necessary. Mechanical compression of the nerves in the spine is often only relieved by decompression back surgery such as a foraminotomy, laminectomy, laminotomy, or an extensive laminectomy with spinal fusion.