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Doctor insights on: Bone Abnormality

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Bone cysts versus bone spurs?

Bone  cysts versus bone spurs?

Inside bone/tendons.: Bone cysts r contained inside the bone, any where from simple benign @ malignant and need watching. Spurs r at the edges of the bone as in arthritis, or in response 2 tendinitis where a tendon attaches. As patellar tendinitis or where ligaments attach as in heel spurs ( planter fasciitis). Treatments r different 4 each & multiple 4 each. B followed & rx'd by an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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What is bone resorption and bone formation defect if osteoporosis?

What is bone resorption and bone formation defect if osteoporosis?

One process is: Greater. In osteoporosis, bone resorption is more prevalent then bone formation. As a result, a negative bone balance occurs and bone loss will occur and over time osteopenia or osteoporosis will occur. Medications such as Fosamax and Boniva (ibandronate) slow down bone resorption. ...Read more

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Can a bone deficiency cause bone spurs?

Can a bone deficiency cause bone spurs?

No: Generally, a bone deficiency or osteoporosis is not a a cause of bone spurs (AKA osteophytes) but age related degeneration (osteoarthritis and/or tendinosis) is. ...Read more

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Can amyloidosis cause a hypoplastic bone marrow?

Can amyloidosis cause a hypoplastic bone marrow?

No: I would look for a different cause. Some amyloidosis (famously amyloidosis al, made from light chains) is caused by a subtle or not-so-subtle proliferation of plasma cells; this may be treated with marrow suppressors. In an older person, "hypoplastic marrow" may be from sampling a place where marrow was a bit scant; the blood picture's key here. Your physicians know more. Good luck. ...Read more

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Where does osteoporosis cause bone fractures?

Where does osteoporosis cause bone fractures?

Spine & hips mostly: With osteoporosis, most any bone might be affected, but mostly fractures tend to occur in the spine and upper leg bones (hips). If you are a woman 65 years or older, or have other risk factors like being thin, check with your primary health provider to see about being screened for osteoporosis. A good source for proven prevention tips is an iphone app called my health checklist 2012. ...Read more

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What makes an a bone marrow biopsy abnormal?

What makes an a bone marrow biopsy abnormal?

Change in components: A bone marrow biopsy in a normal person will find the pattern of cells most often seen in a healthy person of that age.This would include red cells and their precursers (builders), white cells & precursers, platelet precursers & others. In illness, the pattern changes, and some or all may be abnormal. Tumor cells may take over every space& or few if any normal cells may be seen. ...Read more

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Does a bone marrow biopsy cause pain?

Does a bone marrow biopsy cause pain?

Yes: A bone marrow biopsy unfortunately can be a painful procedure. It is only performed when the benefits outweigh the risks, however. ...Read more

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Bone marrow Biopsy showed 2 genetic abnormality. Another bone marrow done in same center showed no abnormalities. No treatment done. Any explanation?

Bone marrow Biopsy showed 2 genetic abnormality. Another bone marrow done in same center showed no abnormalities. No treatment done. Any explanation?

Cytogenetic analysis: A bit more complicated. Not enough information to assess.Need more details on the exact type of genetic abnormality. Would be helpful to be able to view the entire genetic evaluation, complete blood count and history. Suggest that you seek a full one on one consultation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Will a bone marrow transplant cure bone marrow cancer?

Will a bone marrow transplant cure bone marrow cancer?

Yes: However it depends on the type of cancer, if it is in remission or not ,age of the patient and the type of donor. It also depends on the type of transplant, from self or another donor ...Read more

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Does a bone density xray also show fractures ?

Does a bone density xray also show fractures ?

DEXA: I do not believe so. A conventional x-ray will show fractures. Dexa scan is meant only for osteoporosis screening and follow-up. ...Read more

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Could calcium repair a bone's damaged growth plate?

Could calcium repair a bone's damaged growth plate?

No :-(: If a child's growth plate has been injured, the problem is that the growth plate, which is made of cartilage and not bone might "fuse" or stop growing. Calcium will not prevent injury incidence, or heal a growth plate following an injury. The treatment of growth plate injuries depends on the type of injury, how old the child is, and a number of other factors ---. ...Read more

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Is a bone marrow biopsy painful?

Is a bone marrow biopsy painful?

Yes and no: Any biopsy will be painful but in the hands of an experienced doctor and proper sedation (local novocaine) it can be a much more tolerable process. Pain killers such as tylenol (acetaminophen) afterwards for 24-58 hours can be a help too. ...Read more

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Excruciating pain in scapula, "mass" on mri. Bone spur or bone cancer?

Excruciating pain in scapula, "mass"  on mri. Bone spur or bone cancer?

Sorry to hear: This. A scapula is a very odd bone for a primary tumor, and also odd for something traveled to that bone, but it does no get bone spurs. A "mass" needs to be biopsied. However, it is more likely to be from some other place: lung, breast (w), prostate (m)...My last scapular met came from a kidney primary. ...Read more

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Is bone edema the same as bone marrow edema ?

Is bone edema the same as bone marrow edema ?

Yes: Bone marrow is located in the interior of your bones. Bone marrow has blood vessels and lymphatic vessels. Under certain disease processes and trauma to the bone, the lymphatic or blood vessels get damaged, they leak out fluid and cause edema. ...Read more

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3 yrs lytic bone lesions through axial skeleton -skull. Extramedullary hematopoiesis. New MRI spots on brain-bone marrow expansion. Can this be fatal?

3 yrs lytic bone lesions through axial skeleton -skull. Extramedullary hematopoiesis. New MRI spots on brain-bone marrow expansion. Can this be fatal?

Depends: Bone marrow expansion throughout the skeleton typically signals either that the marrow is i appropriately expanding into these compartment such as in a myeloproliferative disorder or the present regions of marrow production are insufficient to keep up with current body needs. Regardless of the cause this is best answered by hands on evaluation, testing and management by an hematologist. ...Read more

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Lumbar spine MRI shows:" The bone marrow signal is grossly homogeneous.There is no bone marrow edema,there is a left disc herniation." your suggestion?

The bone: marrow sounds normal. It is difficult to assess the significance of the disc herniations without additional details. Best bet is to talk to your doc about the results. ...Read more

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Is low bone density indicative of osteoporosis?

Is low bone density indicative of osteoporosis?

Not by itself: A low bone density usually indicates osteoporosis but a small number of people may have osteomalacia, a condition in which there may be a normal amount of bone but it is poorly minerlized. Bllod tests can distinguish the two problems. ...Read more

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