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An mri revealed subchondral bone marrow edema in my left sore left hip. what is that? all bloodwork normal. thanks.

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Dr. Paul Velt
Diagnostic Radiology 42 years experience
Bruise: Bone marrow edema can be associated with a bone bruise. For example bang of shoulder or sports injury. Things like that. However there are many other causes and you should discuss them with your doctor.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
Like edema: or swelling elsewhere in the body, edema in the marrow is a response to injury, inflammation, or other pathologic insults. In that particular location, trauma, arthritis, or potentially avascular necrosis are among the possibilities. Talk to your doc about the significance in your case.

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Last updated Feb 5, 2019

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