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A 45-year-old member asked:

can a bone scan miss a fracture?

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Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology 24 years experience
Bone scan: A recent fracture is identified on all bone scans. The activity on the bone scan may last up to 6 months - 1 year.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Yes: No test is 100% sensitive. The bone scan is very sensitive, but certainly can miss small fractures or be misinterpreted as representing degenerative disease when in fact a fracture is present.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Sometimes: Most fractures can be identified on bone scan 24-48 hrs after incident.If patient is very demineralized the fracture may not be identified unless images are performed beyond 3 hours after injection. In a child if fractue is adjacent to very active growth plate, the fracture may not be appreciated.Fractures in the skull are not usually seen. If fracture is 5 ot 6 months old fracture may be healed.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

6 months post part um and still have pain in my tail bone area. Worse after exercisewhat should I do?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Specializes in Gynecology
Wait it out: You may have a fractured or bruised coccyx. If there is a fracture, an xray will likely tell you. These symptoms tend to go away over time, but it can take a while. In rare cases orthopedists can treat this pain by resecting (removing) the coccyx, which is usually successful. This is rarely required, however, and this pain will typically improve in time.
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Coccygectomy is occasionally sucessful 50/50 with a high complication rate
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A 22-year-old member asked:

What is the cost of bone marrow transplantation for thalassemia?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Not sure: Cost vary for bone marrow transplantation, depending on the number of hospital days, number of ICU (intensive care unit) days, complications, rejection events, infections, etc... The bone marrow transplant team at each transplant center can give details of costs. A rough estimate would be a quarter million dollars or more.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How will we know if the blood and bone marrow transplant is working?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 34 years experience
Doctors will know: This is one where it would be impossible to know on your own. Doctors depend on a whole serious of tests and later possibly imaging studies and bone marrow tests to know if the transplant is working. They should tell you how your progress is going.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Does calcium lactate have a different effect on bone strengthening than calcium carbonate?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Possibly: Calcium lactate has less available calcium in it than does calcium carbonate.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What can be done to prevent further bone loss in elderly adults?

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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
Bone loss: There are different bone loss medications for the elderly as well as nutritional and health/ fitness programs that your medical doctor will need to evaluate for you.

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