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A 39-year-old female asked:

Had spine mri.. showed 4 compression fractures.. and bone marrow edema is diffusely of low signal intensity.. what does this mean? i'm only 39

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Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Needs evaluation: Unless you lift pianos for a living, then you should not be getting vertebral compression fractures at age 39. Have you had your ovaries removed? If so, and you've not had hormone replacement therapy then a lack of estrogen could cause increased osteoporosis. Diseases of the bone marrow can also cause weakened vertebrae, so I'd start by checking blood counts, and serum protein electrophoresis.
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