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Extremely painful, swollen/puffy and stiff ankle. Ct scan showed fluid in and around ankle joint. No breaks or fractures. What could this indicate?

Extremely painful, swollen/puffy and stiff ankle. Ct scan showed fluid in and around ankle joint. No breaks or fractures. What could this indicate?

Could be a few: Things, from infection to a synovitis. As the other doctor said, if you have a fever or chills or just are feeling sick, go to the er in case it's an infection. If you've had a ct, you're probably under a doctor's care. Pulling out the fluid and sending it for a culture and analysis would give you the diagnosis. Ct visualizes bone better than an mri, but an MRI sees soft tissue better. Bone scan? ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


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What to do if i need a ct-cat scan possible triple fusion operation on ankle?

What to do if i need a ct-cat scan possible triple fusion operation on ankle?

See below: First get the scan done so you doctor can evaluate the bone structure and then discuss the treatment options for the problem. ...Read more

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I need a CT scan for my ankle, what is the process involved with getting one?

I need a CT scan for my ankle, what is the process involved with getting one?

See below: You will need a referral from your doctor. The scan itself is easy, you just need to lay still while the scan takes place. ...Read more

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Will at CT scan show ligament/tendon damage? I had bimoeallar ankle factures, would it show the damage to the soft tissue structures of the foot?

Will at CT scan show ligament/tendon damage?  I had bimoeallar ankle factures, would it show the damage to the soft tissue structures of the foot?

Yes, but...: Ct is excellent for looking at the bones and can see the ligaments but not very well. As dr. Hand previously stated, MRI is the best test to look at the ligaments and tendons. ...Read more

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I was fused L3-S1 12/14. I am 29. Only bone growth on ct scan was bone spur @ S1/S2. Is this significant? Could it be causing pain back leg & ankle?

I was fused L3-S1 12/14. I am 29. Only bone growth on ct scan was bone spur @ S1/S2. Is this significant? Could it be causing pain back leg & ankle?

Nerve disorders: Any kind of nerve impingement/encroachment by bones or arthritic changes around the Lumbo-Sacral nerve plexus (Lower Lumbar spine and Sacrum) might cause pain down into the legs, ankles and feet. You can have your nerves tested through and EMG/NCV study by a neurologist. A Podiatrist or your primary care physician can refer you to a physician to have these tests performed. ...Read more

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How likely is the fluid in and around my ankle joint, found via a CT scan, an infection like septic joint?

How likely is the fluid in and around my ankle joint, found via a CT scan, an infection like septic joint?

Depends: Fluid around the ankle joint is probably caused by trauma to the joint. A septic joint will be red, swollen, hot to touch, very painful, and possibly accompanied by a fever. ...Read more

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Ct results: "ankle joint effusion extending into posterior ankle joint recess, larger than previous CT scan" what will the surgery be to fix?

Ct results: "ankle joint effusion extending into posterior ankle joint recess, larger than previous CT scan"  what will the surgery be to fix?

Can't tell.: Based on the info all i know is that you have some joint fluid in your ankle. That alone is not an indication for surgery. ...Read more

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Is it safe with walking on hair line fractured talus bone. Minimal pain but swelling on ankle. Avn is not confirmed in CT scan.

Is it safe with walking on hair line fractured talus bone. Minimal pain but swelling on ankle. Avn is not confirmed in CT scan.

Probably not: It is always better to take the pressure off particularly if there is swelling . It does not mean that you should not walk but use the boots you can buy from pharmacies or medical supply offices until you see your orthopedic doc. Do not forget to put ice pack on the swollen ankle , will help with the swelling and pain . You might as well take over the counter alive or advil (ibuprofen). ...Read more

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17 yr-old competitive golfer with right low back deep burning pain on and off for 7 months. CT and 2 MRIs were negative. What to evaluate next.....?

17 yr-old competitive golfer with right low back deep burning pain on and off for 7 months. CT and 2 MRIs were negative. What to evaluate next.....?

Nerve root: Although CT/MRI are good for obvious nerve damage, muscular and soft tissue injuries are not as easily to pinpoint, as well as stretching of nerve roots and the resultant pain - I suggest symptomatic treatment including appropriate physical therapy, rest, and medication, if appropriate from your provider if choice ...Read more

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D dimer .63, negative ultrasound of leg. Please explain WHY the test is elevated with NO other reasons for elevation. Should I ask for CT scan?

D dimer .63, negative ultrasound of leg. Please explain WHY the test is elevated with NO other reasons for elevation. Should I ask for CT scan?

Unremarkable : First off there are multiple reasons for d dimer elevations other than a DVT or pe. Also- the number you quoted (63) to my knowledge is not considered to be a positive result for the test. Ct scan of the chest is a good test if you have suspicion for a pulmonary embolus or if you have a very hight risk score. If symptoms are minimal and risk is minimum then you are likely ok without a ct scan. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan of the leg give any indication of a blood clot at all?

Can a CT scan of the leg give any indication of a blood clot at all?

Probably not: Ultrasound is the best test for blood clots in the legs. A CT of the leg without contrast would only show indirect signs - edema, or swelling, in the tissues may show up if the DVT is extensive enough. With IV contrast, a DVT may be visible on CT. In general, a "normal" CT of the leg is not sufficient to rule out a blood clot. ...Read more

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Positive d dimer neg ct scan scared? on celexane until scan on leg mon fast pulse rate

Mgt: There are false positives associated with the D Dimer test, but the CT is reassuring. The scan on Monday will help your physicians determine whether you need further anti-coagulation. ...Read more

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Ct scan shows facet joint spurring just contacting the nerve root sleeve. Could that be causing the pain when raising the opposite leg?

Ct scan shows facet joint spurring just contacting the nerve root sleeve. Could that be causing the pain when raising the opposite leg?

Could be: Any time there is nerve root involvement, movement (such as that caused when raising your leg) in the area can cause irritation and often pain to area the verve supplies the sensation to. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me what L5 s1 shallow central disc protrusion is? Apparently I have that due to a ct. Scan. And leg and back hurts :(

Can you please tell me what L5 s1 shallow central disc protrusion is? Apparently I have that due to a ct. Scan. And leg and back hurts :(

Shallow disc: This means that there is a small central bulging/herniation of the disc material at the l5/s1 spinal segment. Lots of people have things like this. It usually doesn't cause much compression of the nerve due to the location. But this signifies that you are starting to have some disc 'degeneration'/damage. Ct not as good as MRI for diag. Stay healthy, exercise, maintain healthy weight. ...Read more

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Ct scan says mild meningitis in perisylvian region. Frnd is hvng stiffness in left arm and leg while awake but it goes while she sleeps? Cureable?

Ct scan says mild meningitis in perisylvian region. Frnd is hvng stiffness in left arm and leg while awake but it goes while she sleeps? Cureable?

Not sure: Not sure what you mean by a ct showing "meningitis, " nor what that means relative to "perisylvian." meningitis is typically not diagnosed on ct. I would check with your doctor for further clarification. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Ct Scan (Definition)

Ct scan uses data from a beam of xrays and reconstructs a cross sectional image of your body. It is a high dose of xrays and used only when the benefits outweigh the risk. Cancer risk is 1 in 500 in children. Also using iodinated contrast might cause transient renal failure in about 5% of patients. (contrast induced nepropathy) most do not explain this to the patient as ...Read more