What Is Bilateral Neural Foraminal Encroachment?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 5, 2020 9:38:30 PM ET

Bilateral neural foraminal encroachment is contracting of the foramina, which are the spaces on each side of the vertebrae, according to Laser Spine Institute. Nerves use the foramina to travel via the spinal cord to other parts of the body. Also referred to as bilateral neural foraminal stenosis, the condition may result in the compression or pinching of nerves as they end up with less space than normal.