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    Hi,

    Could someone please explain what a schmorl node is. My mri says I have them and I have no idea what they r or y they there or what they do??

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    Hi, they're like little "notches" in the endplates of your individual vertebrae. They're very common in people with people with Scheuermann's Kyphosis, but can also appear in people with "normal" spines. They're nothing to worry about, basically
    37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.

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    Exactly as Toni says I think they are more of a useful aid to diagnosis than anything to be concerned about.
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    Thanks, and idea about y they appear? Is it the pressure of the curve?

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    No idea. They may be due to the vertebral endplate not developing correctly, but plenty of people with normal spines have them with no issues at all. They're just one of those things!
    37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.

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