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Question about MRI, Ct Scan, and looking for nerve damage

Postby admin » Fri Aug 26, 2005 12:05 pm

Does anyone know if a MRI or Ct Scan will show nerve damage. Will it show if there was an avulsion even though Ella is almost 4 years old?
Trying to figure out how I can find out if she had an avulsion or not. Since she recovered fairly well without needing nerve surgery does that rule it out?
If she had an MRI now would it be able to give me these answers?
Any info would be great!
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Re: Question about MRI, Ct Scan, and looking for nerve damage

Postby kd's daddy » Fri Aug 26, 2005 12:25 pm

MRI will tell ya. An avulsion does not dissappear. Once that nerve is torn out you will be able to see it
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Re: Question about MRI, Ct Scan, and looking for nerve damage

Postby Kath » Fri Aug 26, 2005 12:42 pm

I had my first brachial plexus MRI at 62 and you can see it in my spinal cord.
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Re: Question about MRI, Ct Scan, and looking for nerve damage

Postby katep » Fri Aug 26, 2005 2:26 pm

Make sure you find a good MRI machine. We had an MRI for our son at 3 months old, which didn't show any avulsions, but some of the doctors who saw it also said it was pretty poor quality and resolution, and wasn't worth much. They didn't feel he had any avulsions because of recovery, but said that if he did, that MRI probably would've missed them anyway (of course, telling us *after* putting him through general anesthesia and the whole horrible process...grrr).

CT myelogram is also supposed to be pretty good for looking for avulsions. This is a CT scan with dye contrast injected into the spine to better show spinal cord and nerve roots.

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Re: Question about MRI, Ct Scan, and looking for nerve damage

Postby admin » Fri Aug 26, 2005 2:35 pm

Thanks for your replies.

I wouldn't let her go through a myelogram, those are too invasive for me. Makes me too nervous.

Thank you again.

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Re: Question about MRI, Ct Scan, and looking for nerve damage

Postby katep » Fri Aug 26, 2005 2:48 pm

You might also contact Rick Abbott in New York. He has a very high resolution MRI machine, and says he can visualize neuromas and scar tissue, along with avulsions. He had a paper out on it last year, and it seemed pretty promising.

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Re: Question about MRI, Ct Scan, and looking for nerve damage

Postby Kath » Fri Aug 26, 2005 4:24 pm

Dr. Abbott is the one who ordered my MRI.
He was looking at the films with a radiologist.
I had them taken at Beth Israel Hospital before they closed the Inn and the bpi clinic.
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Re: Question about MRI, Ct Scan, and looking for nerve damage

Postby shellybell03 » Sat Aug 27, 2005 1:31 pm

krista, we didnt know gabby had avulisions(yes there was more than 1!) until dr. Waters opened her up and when he did he disovered the avulsions and that her injury was one of the most severe, hence 8 1/2 hour surgery with nerve transplants from legs etc. phrenic nerve still not back yet. We go for mri next month.
mri sees everything.
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Re: Question about MRI, Ct Scan, and looking for nerve damage

Postby tracy1972 » Sat Aug 27, 2005 1:46 pm

Kath,
Did you experience any "tremors" when having your mri done?

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Re: Question about MRI, Ct Scan, and looking for nerve damage

Postby Kath » Sat Aug 27, 2005 2:47 pm

Tracy
I am not sure what you mean by tremors?
I wanted to shake but I was all but taped down to keep my arm and neck in the right position. I was in the tube for about 1-1/2 hours...
It was a very long ordeal because I could not more.
They wanted my arm and neck in just the right position.
I had to wait for one technician to show up for work because he was considered the best for bpi.

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