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Osteophyte- definition

Osteophyte "os-tee-o-fight"

Osteo [‘bone’] phyte [‘growth’] is an abnormal protrusion or outgrowth of bone. They are commonly referred to as bony spurs. They can occur from any bone. They are a feature of osteoarthritis, ‘wear and tear’. It is commonly thought that they represent an attempt by the body to limit movement in a joint, in an attempt to halt further joint damage.

What is the relevance to CSM?

Osteophytes can occur in the cervical spine. Their growth can lead to contact with the spinal nerve roots (causing radiculopathy) or the spinal cord (causing myelopathy). This can lead to pain and loss of neurological function.
What are Osteophytes? Why do they form? Why do they matter?

A pathological specimen. Osteophytes are shown by the arrows

What are Osteophytes? Why do they form? Why do they matter?