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What does 'a rounded focus of signal in the superior endplate of C7 posteriorly' finding mean on MRI?
jillioh posted:
History of Papillary TC (2y) w- I-131 radiation ablation. Early disc degenerative disease - at C6-C7 there is a disk bulge, endplate spurring and facet arthropathy causing mildly severe central spinal canal and bilateral forminal narrowing (there is mid compression of the spinal cord at this level). Could the 'rounded focus of low signal' be due to the degenerative damage as noted or is this a separate issue - possible mets or other/benign lesion?
bj1208 responded:
Hi JILLOH - welcome to the support group -

We are lay people who suffer from chronic pains of the spine and cannot diagnose any conditions.

I would suggest, seeing that there are several issues here that you call and speak with your doc about this (or his PA).

I'm assuming you have a Thyroid situation going on along with Cervical Disc problems. The "rounded focus of low signal" can mean several different issues (when I tried to research brought up quite a few).

I would trust you are seeing a Thyroid Specialist, Endocrinologist.

I can tell you that for over 20 yrs I had thyroid issues (one side was completely shut down and other side was enlarged to overcompensate) and so finally in 2010 my Endo decided to have a Thyroidectomy - he stated it would be beneficial to remove both at that time instead of doing one then a couple years later remove the other. I do take Synthroid (no generics per my Endo) and have my thyroid blood work done every 3 months along with my regular blood work.

So the statement of rounded focus could be a disc issue or it could be dealing with the thyroid issue.

I would suggest, with everything going on, that you only deal with Specialist (Endo for Thyroid, as you already know) and either a Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist for the disc issues - As a preference, I would suggest seeing a Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist. And I would get a couple of opinions just so you know exactly what your full diagnosis is and what treatment options would be.

Please keep us posted what you find out~~
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