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Old 21st June 2013, 05:50 PM
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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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Old 21st June 2013, 10:06 PM
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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
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Old 22nd June 2013, 11:02 AM
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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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Old 22nd June 2013, 11:27 AM
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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!
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