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    Hi everyone,

    Can you have an MRI scan when you have metal rods and screws in your back?

    thank you
    Sheila

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    Hi Shiela,

    Yes you can I've had a number of them over the years, and CT scans too. There were no problems with either except the metalwork can distort the images to some extent.

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    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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    Hi Sheila, its nice to hear from you.
    Hope your backs still doing okay xx
    Thoracic 72 degrees, lumber 30 degrees-fused aged 44, T2-L4, posterior fusion with costoplasty (8 ribs were chopped) on 3/11/10 under the care of Mr Ahmed at North Staffs Hospital. Now nice and straight

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    Hi again Sheila Hope you're OK?
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    Hi All,

    Thanks very much for your replies

    My back is ok ishhhh.

    My shoulders are hurting a bit and I'm still very much aware of the metal work. However - I'm still glad I had surgery.

    My consultant just wants me to have an MRI - to check there is nothing sinister going on - so fingers crossed.

    (Bluestone - I hope your ok - I can't believe how quick time has gone - over 3 years - I think my consultant was looking to get rid of me by now )

    xx

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    Im very aware of my hardware too Sheila-too aware!
    Im having a lot of pain issues which i thought were to do with some protruding screws but now its all over and recently my lumber
    Mr Ahmed has offered removal but naturally im reluctant., hes also offered injections-im seeing him again in June.

    I agree the time has flown by-i cant believe im 3 and a half years post op.

    Hope your mri will be okay xx
    Thoracic 72 degrees, lumber 30 degrees-fused aged 44, T2-L4, posterior fusion with costoplasty (8 ribs were chopped) on 3/11/10 under the care of Mr Ahmed at North Staffs Hospital. Now nice and straight

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