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Question by  1karthik1 (21)

What is a diffuse annular bulge?


Answer by  golfgirl (173)

A diffuse annular bulge is a back problem where part of a spinal disc is bulging out. It is a mild problem but can cause pain. It is diagnosed by MRI. It can come about as a result of age or of general wear and tear, such as sitting in one position for long time periods.


Answer by  oddflash (902)

It is a particularly mild bulge of the annular wall. The annular wall is the covering which holds the nucleus or gel in the disc of the spine.


Answer by  satheesh76 (6)

Between each vertebra are thick disks: these comprise of a thick wall on the outside, filled with a thick gel. These act as "shock absorbers".


Answer by  Jason14 (69)

It is a medical condition where a wide portion of the outer fibrous tissue of a spinal disc bulges out.


Answer by  primatefreak (1616)

Picture a donut, this is a spinal disc. The inside is filled with a gel that cushions your spine. The outside has a band (called an annulus) around it. In an injury or aging a diffuse annular bulge can occur. The gel dries out, disc compresses and flattens causing a bulge around the disc.


Answer by  Kath (1537)

Thick material around the disks in the vertebra is annulus. When the material wears, the disk bulges, causing pain. Common problem with many solutions.


Answer by  scigirl (129)

In between the vertebrae of the spine are thick discs. As time goes on, the discs begin to flatten and bulge (like a flattened marshmallow). This is the annular bulge.

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