A 51-year-old female asked:
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my mri report states that there is non-specific soft tissue edema in the paraspinal region posteriorly. what does this mean?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
61 years experience Internal Medicine
Edema: In such cases I feel the ordering physician should sit down with the radiologist who interpreted the study and ask for a differential diagnosis, what, if any, further studies would be recommended and/or what type of specialist could shed more information on your case taking into consideration your symptoms or why the MRI was ordered.
Answered on Jan 21, 2019
Dr. Michael Gabor
33 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
This can: be an incidental finding without much clinical significance, particularly in heavier people. However, it could also represent muscle injury or inflammation so you should talk to your doc about what it might mean in your particular case.
Answered on Jan 21, 2019

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