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Upper Spine FAQ

Question:

My mother just came back from the doctor's office. She says she has a "giant" herniated disc in the middle of her back. Is she exaggerating or is this a real medical term?

Answer:

Giant herniated thoracic disc (HTD) is a real term used to describe a disc that is taking up at least 40 percent of the spinal canal. There is a real danger of spinal cord injury with this type of disc problem. Surgery is often advised. Results vary depending on the size and location of the disc problem. Jonathan S. Hott, M.D., et al. Surgical Management of Giant Herniated Thoracic Discs: Analysis of 20 Cases. In Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. September 2005. Vol. 3. Number 3. Pp. 191-197.

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