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A 34-year-old member asked:

whats the meaning of trace amount of fluid in my knee joint seen on an mri?

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Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology 24 years experience
Common finding: Most patients undergoing knee MRI will have a trace amount of fluid in the joint space. This is considered a normal physiologic finding.
Dr. Peter Nefcy
Radiology 39 years experience
Not important: There is a small or trace amount of fluid in most joints to lubricate the articular surface. This fluid helps preserve the cartilage and makes motion smoother. If there is a small or trace amount in the knee, this is probably normal. Excessive fluid around the knee is something to worry about, and you should see your doctor for this.

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A 47-year-old female asked:

If a MRI doesn't show anything can I can still have something wrong with shifting and locking of the knee joint? I need help

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Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
Yes, U should B sure: that U have Cn a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon. An exam can B more revealing than the MRI by a few degrees of certainty

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