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"Meso- acromiale, with a small subchondral cyst across the synchdrosis but no bone marrow edema" (My shoulder MRI report) Plz explain. And solution?

"Meso- acromiale, with a small subchondral cyst across the synchdrosis but no bone marrow edema" (My shoulder MRI report) Plz explain. And solution?

2-piece bone: The acromium is a small part of your shoulder blade on top of your shoulder. As it forms, 2 parts fuse to make one solid bone. In your case, the 2 parts did not finish fusing. Sometimes that is no problem, other times there is motion at the synchondrosis (place where the two bones are joined by cartilage, rather than bone). You have a cyst there, so you undoubtedly have motion and probably pain. ...Read more

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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


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What is bone marrow edema around the superior calcaneous?

Unclear question: Bone marrow edema is not a clinical entity. If you have swelling in the foot or ankle, that could be due to many reasons, e.g., local injury, or abnormal veins; if both sides are affected, then it may be due heart failure, low blood protein, and side effect of some medications. ...Read more

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Have slight bone marrow edema, which is usually caused by an injury. Could I have accidentally torn a ligament?

Have slight bone marrow edema, which is usually caused by an injury. Could I have accidentally torn a ligament?

Maybe: But wouldn't be likley to be related. The marrow is on the inside of the bone. Ligaments attach on the outside. A severe injury could cause both, but these would not necessarily go together ...Read more

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What is bone marrow edema?

What is bone marrow edema?

No such thing!: I would ignore it. It does not mean anything. I would not be concerned about this as it is a nonentity! ...Read more

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Will bone marrow edema go away?

Will bone marrow edema go away?

Depends: Bone marrow edema is a term first used in 1988 to describe an abnormal signal pattern seen on the MRI of bone (usually of hip or knee) due to increased water content in the spongy bone portion called the marrow. Some doctors (orthopedics) may loosely use the term to describe resulting traumatic injury like a bruise to the bone in which case may resolve with healing in a few days. ...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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Bone marrow edema on coccyx. What does it means?

See below:: It generally means injury to or an infective lesion in the coccyx. It is seen on mri. If you have had a fall onto butt, or involved in an accident, with pain in the tailbone, would indicate a fracture of the coccyx. Otherwise an infection can produce similar picture, but symptoms would include pain, fever, tenderness locally. ...Read more

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What does endplate bone marrow edema is decreased since previous MRI mean?

What does endplate bone marrow edema is decreased since previous MRI mean?

Appearance changing: That means that the amount of edema (like swelling) in the vertebral bodies has decreased compared to your earlier study. This may indicate improvement or treatment effect, however, these types of changes on MRI don't always correlate with the patient's symptoms. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What is the perfect solution for the bone marrow edema? And how can I get rid of it's terrible pain?

What is the perfect solution for the bone marrow edema? And how can I get rid of it's terrible pain?

Cant tell: It is unclear what you are asking. Have you had a procedure or accident or bone bruise because bone marrow does not become edematous. ...Read more

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I've been dealing with bone marrow edema for a few years and everything we have tried has been futile. I want to play lacrosse what should I do?

I've been dealing with bone marrow edema for a few years and everything we have tried has been futile. I want to play lacrosse what should I do?

I am not sure: It looks like you have had some imagng including and mri. I would think they are looking at cortical bone injury with the potential in a sport like lax. Bm edema is not specific. ...Read more

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What's the definition of subcortical bone marrow edema in the foot?

Subcortical edema: The cortex of bone is the outer layer. Subcortical means below the cortex. The term means you are suffering from bruising of the bone. ...Read more

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What are the differences between bone marrow edema and avascular necrosis?

What are the differences between bone marrow edema and avascular necrosis?

Bone marrow: edema is a nonspecific finding which can be seen with almost any pathologic process involving bone. Avascular necrosis is a specific pathologic process relating to bone infarction due to vascular compromise. Marrow edema can be seen with avascular necrosis. ...Read more

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Which is the best tablets for reducing subcortical bone marrow edema in heel?

I think: Protecting the heel from stress may be more important than taking a tablet. Walking with a came alter boot or even crutches may be a good idea. ...Read more

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What does subcortical bone marrow edema in the foot mean?

What does subcortical bone marrow edema in the foot mean?

Bark: Cortex is latin for "bark" so cortical is the bark
or outer layer of the bone. Subcortical edema
is swelling below the cortex. It usually is indicative of a bone that has been bent but not broken. ...Read more

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Which is the best tablet for subcortical bone marrow edema in calcaneum (heel bone)?

I think keeping: Stress off the bone is the best treatment. Overall, I feel this will help more than a tablet will. ...Read more

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Please explain There is an ostechondral lesión involving the medial facet of the patella adjacent to the patellar ridge with bone marrow edema.?

Please explain There is an ostechondral lesión involving the medial facet of the patella adjacent to the patellar ridge with bone marrow edema.?

Osteochondral lesion: Is a focal injury of the cartilage and underlying bone along the articular surface, due to trauma, repetitive micro trauma, instability, or abnormal joint loading. If left untreated, can lead to accelerated development of osteoarthritis. Treatment depends on patient factors and lesion characteristics. Best to see an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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My sister is 54 has been diagnosed with bone marrow edema? Lymph nodes enlarged in chest. Been referred to orthopedics. What dr best for lymph nodes?

Need correct terms: Your terms used are not correct or edema or the use of orthopedic doc are not making sense. Need verifications of actual written diagnosis for us to help you in the best. Take care. ...Read more

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Went to Shriners for unexplained bone marrow edema (present 5yrs now). Said I walked funny. Ordered movement analysis lab- what are they looking for?

Went to Shriners for unexplained bone marrow edema (present 5yrs now). Said I walked funny. Ordered movement analysis lab- what are they looking for?

Biomechanics.: During the exam to determine the nature of the bone marrow edema, all stones must be overturned. The examiner felt that your walking seemed a bit "funny" and could that observation be linked to your problem. Since observing can be a bit too subjective, another more analytical and objective way is to performing a motion analysis. Rather than looking at structure, they want to also look at function. ...Read more

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Runner. Have bone marrow edema in left superior ramus&acetabular column+stabbing posterior hip. Is this all consistent w dysplasia?

Runner. Have bone marrow edema in left superior ramus&acetabular column+stabbing posterior hip. Is this all consistent w dysplasia?

Not necessarily: Hip dysplasia is diagnosed by certain radiographic parameters on an ap radiograph of the pelvis. You could potentially have acetabular or proximal femoral dysplasia, but it's hard to tell if your symptoms correlate with any type of dysplasia. ...Read more

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History of bone marrow edema in feet. Lately I've been having back and knee pain if I sit for too long. Could the edema have spread?

History of bone marrow edema in feet. Lately I've been having back and knee pain if I sit for too long. Could the edema have spread?

No: Edema on the bone generally does not " spread".it usually represents some injury to the bone, such as in for instance a occult fracture. It can no more spread to the knee from the foot than if you broke one wrist and were concerned the break might spread to the other wrist. ...Read more

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Positive, intense uptake on bone scan, lose spinal hardware, bone marrow edema, family history, paternal taking Forteo to strengthen bones.?? ideas?

Positive, intense uptake on bone scan, lose spinal hardware, bone marrow edema, family history, paternal taking Forteo to strengthen bones.?? ideas?

For one: You probably should remove the hardware. Increased uptake is informing you there is bone activity. You don't state on what phase. This could indicate a fracture or infection.... The doctor should have a clinical suspicion of what he is looking for.
If removing the hardware a bone biopsy can be performed if suspecting infection. ...Read more

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What is bone marrow edema in calcaneus without bone fracture? And how treatmen?

What is bone marrow edema in calcaneus without bone fracture? And how treatmen?

Trauma to the bone: Bone marrow edema is the bone respondence +to some traumatic event, not strong enough to produce a fracture but sufficient to create the bone respond. Treatment is the same than afracture that is rest and the use of a cam-walker to unload the calcaneous. ...Read more

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Injured for >2 months. MRI reveals extensive bone marrow edema in midfoot and navic and subchondral fx navicular. X-ray shows the fx. Will this heal?

Injured for >2 months. MRI reveals extensive bone marrow edema in midfoot and navic and subchondral fx navicular. X-ray shows the fx. Will this heal?

Probably: Should be under care of orthopedic doctor. With proper immobilization with cast or brace and then probably some physical therapy the injury will probably heal. Sometimes there may be ligamentous injury but your mri would detect this aberration. Healing process may take longer since injury already two months old. ...Read more

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My son is 17 and an elite tennis player. He has had medial pain about 2 inches below his inner elbow on and off for 2 years. Does not present in any way except on impact of a 2 handed back hand. He had bone marrow edema in the medial epicondyle which has

My son is 17 and an elite tennis player. He has had medial pain about 2 inches below his inner elbow on and off for 2 years. Does not present in any way except on impact of a 2 handed back hand. He had bone marrow edema in the medial epicondyle which has

Mgt: I hope that he has seen a sports orthopedic specialist. If the double back hand causes pain, this should be avoided until he has an imaging study.
A CBC with differential can be used to monitor his blood counts. ...Read more

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What can cause high wbc with high neutrophils and high lymphocytes and also 1% immature granulocytes. Also bone marrow edema.

What can cause high wbc with high neutrophils and high lymphocytes and also 1% immature granulocytes. Also bone marrow edema.

Myeloproliferative D: These results are consistent with a Myeloproliferative Disorder (MPDO) of which there are various types. The diagnosis of MPDO depends on *symptoms* pt has experienced & results of other lab tests (like a bone marrow biopsy). In any case, pt should see a Hematologist right away for diagnosis. Discuss results w/ doctor who ordered test or use HealthTap Prime. It's too complicated to advise you here ...Read more

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Had spine mri. Showed 4 compression fractures. And bone marrow edema is diffusely of low signal intensity. What does this mean? I'm only 39

Had spine mri. Showed 4 compression fractures. And bone marrow edema is diffusely of low signal intensity. What does this mean? I'm only 39

Needs evaluation: Unless you lift pianos for a living, then you should not be getting vertebral compression fractures at age 39. Have you had your ovaries removed? If so, and you've not had hormone replacement therapy then a lack of estrogen could cause increased osteoporosis. Diseases of the bone marrow can also cause weakened vertebrae, so I'd start by checking blood counts, and serum protein electrophoresis. ...Read more

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I'm a 15 yr old girl, knee pain in left side of right knee, pt & medication do nothing, MRI showed very slight bone marrow edema. What could it be?

I'm a 15 yr old girl, knee pain in left side of right knee, pt & medication do nothing, MRI showed very slight bone marrow edema. What could it be?

If you're under 16yr: Thanks for your interest in healthtap. Your question might not get answered if you are under age 16 years and writing your own questions. Have a trusted adult or parent submit your questions, using your account to ask about your concerns. There are many pediatricians on healthtap with a great deal of expertise, but they look for questions submitted by adults on behalf of teens or younger children. ...Read more

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What does this mean? I have a small subchondral fracture deformity of the lateral trochlear facet with prominent bone marrow edema throughout the regi

What does this mean? I have a small subchondral fracture deformity of the lateral trochlear facet with prominent bone marrow edema throughout the regi

Cartilage damage: Prominent marrow edema of the lateral trochlea means that the cartilage covering the bone in this area is injured or worn thin. This is a common place to develop arthritis which causes marrow edema when the cartilage gets too thin or is worn out and bare bone is exposed there. If you had a recent injury, it could be cartilage damage rather than arthritis. See your provider for recommendations. ...Read more

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An MRI revealed subchondral bone marrow edema in my left sore left hip. What is that? All bloodwork normal. Thanks.

An MRI revealed subchondral bone marrow edema in my left sore left hip. What is that? All bloodwork normal. Thanks.

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. ...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?

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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What to do if I have bone marrow edema in a lot of parts of my foot/ankle (talus, etc.) I am wondering what is the difference between this and avascular necrosis?

Avascular necrosis: Marrow edema, like swelling anywhere else in the body, is a nonspecific response to any number of inflammatory, infectious, traumatic, vascular, autoimmune, arthritic, or neoplastic processes. Avascular necrosis, bone "death" due to insufficient blood supply, is one of many entities that can be associated with marrow edema. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for subchondral insufficiency fracture left femoral head with extensive bone marrow edema?

What is the recovery time for subchondral insufficiency fracture left femoral head with extensive bone marrow edema?

Depends: Classically we say fractures heal in 6-8 weeks but insufficiency fractures mean the bone was weak or not healthy in the first place and may take longer ...Read more

Bone Marrow (Definition)

Bone marrow is the flexible tissue found in the interior of bones. In humans, red blood cells are produced in the heads of long bones, in a process known as hematopoesis. On average, bone marrow constitutes 4% of the total body mass of humans; in an adult weighing 65 kilograms (140 lb), bone marrow accounts for approximately ...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