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What does neural formina are widely patent mean

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Submitted: 9 years ago.
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Expert:  NurseElisa replied 9 years ago.
The neural foramen is the opening between every two vertebrae where the nerve roots exit the spine. The nerve roots travel through the foramen to reach the rest of your body. There are two neural foramina between each pair of vertebrae - one on each side. Without the foramen, nerve signals could not travel to and from the brain to the rest of your body. Without nerve signals, your body would not be able to function.

If they are widely patent, that means that there is no impingement, collapse, bulging, etc. where the nerve roots exit the spine. This is perfectly normal.