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cord compression due to disc bulging or protusion or discolation

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what are the effects of cord compression due to disc bulging or protusion or discolation?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. M. Lahkar replied 8 years ago.
Hi, although clinical features depend upon the level, extent and rate of cord compression, some of the common features are pain at te site of compression and paralysis below that level, decreased sensation below that level and may be urinary and fecal incontenence.

MRI is usually the the best modality of investigation.

As for treatment, steroids may be given initially to reduce the edema.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
this is a severe compression and so far we have heard that it can cause debilitation, respiratory problems and already signs of numbness in both hands are experienced
Expert:  Dr. M. Lahkar replied 8 years ago.
Hello, these signs can be seen with severe and acute (sudden) cord compression in the cervical region. This will require teatment in an ICU.

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