F/col X-ray of slipped (herniated) vertebral disc

F/col X-ray of slipped (herniated) vertebral disc

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Caption: Slipped disc. False-colour X-ray of a profile view of a patient's spine suffering from a slipped (herniated) intervertebral disc. The disc is a flexible plate of cartilage that cushions adjacent vertebrae (spine bones). Disc degeneration is termed spondylosis. Here, vertebrae are coloured yellow; the site of injury (red) shows slipped disc material forced out of the intervertebral space and compressing the spinal cord (white). Bone material may also have broken off from the affected vertebra (at centre). Lower back lumbar vertebrae are most affected by this condition, caused by back strain or injury. Backache, numb- ness and paralysis can occur and must be treated.

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Keywords: condition, disc, disorder, healthcare, herniated disc, injury, intervertebral, intervertebral disc prolapse, medical, medicine, prolapse, slipped, slipped disc, spondylosis, x-ray, xray

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