What is cervical radiculopathy?

Updated: Oct 08, 2018
  • Author: Gerard A Malanga, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Cervical radiculopathy is a dysfunction of a nerve root of the cervical spine. The seventh (C7; 60%) and sixth (C6; 25%) cervical nerve roots are the most commonly affected. [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]

Sagittal magnetic resonance image of the cervical Sagittal magnetic resonance image of the cervical spine. This image reveals a C6-C7 herniated nucleus pulposus.
Axial magnetic resonance image of the cervical spi Axial magnetic resonance image of the cervical spine. This image reveals a C6-C7 herniated nucleus pulposus.

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