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I had an MRI of my neck and brain.  The report contained lots of terms, etc. that I do not recognize, or understand.  What does mild chronic ethmoid air cell disease mean?  Also, what is microvascular ischemic disease?  What is facet joint disease? What is central stenosis?  What are the facet joints "in plain english."  What is effacement of the anterior thecal sac mean?  What is moderate to severe right neural foraminal stenosis mean?
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Mild chronic ethmoid air cell disease refers to one of the numerous small thin-walled cavities in the ethmoid bone of the skull. The cavities are lined with mucous membrane continuous with that of the nasal cavity and lie between the upper part of the nasal cavities and the orbits.  This is typical of chronic sinus problems.
This would mean that you have a mild case of sinusitis, but it's chronic ( long lasting/ongoing)

Ischemia is a feature of heart diseases, transient ischemic attacks, cerebrovascular accidents, ruptured arteriovenous malformations, and peripheral artery occlusive disease.  Ischemia can also be described as an inadequate flow of blood to a part of the body, caused by constriction or blockage of the blood vessels supplying it. Ischemia of heart muscle produces angina pectoris.

The Facet joint, small stabilizing joints located between and behind adjacent vertebrae. They make up about 20% of the stability in your neck.
This is characteristic of arthritis.

Central stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal and/or the spaces between the vertebrae.

Effacement of the Anterior thecal sac:
Contact between the thecal sac and another mass, usually a benign osteophyte (bony spur) or disc protrusion within the spinal column.

Stenosis is the constriction or narrowing of a duct or passage.
Foramen is Latin and means a natural hole or an opening or short passage.

The narrowing of cervical disc space caused by the enlargement of a joint in the spinal canal best describes foraminal stenosis.  This would be the opening through which spinal nerves pass.

So if the tests came back positive, then this probably signifies that you have back/neck problems caused either by arthritis ( osteoarthritis ) or some sort of bony mass.
Oh...and also some sinus problems.
Hope that helps.

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