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My WBC is 3. I have bilater bone pain in almost all my joints. Does that warrant a bone scan. Could arthritis affect all the joints at once?

My WBC is 3. I have bilater bone pain in almost all my joints. Does that warrant a bone scan. Could arthritis affect all the joints at once?

Sounds like: a difficult problem. diffuse joint pain could mean a lot of things, such as occult infection, inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, drug side effect, kidney or liver disease, etc. It is best to get to a doctor as soon as possible., ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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How does an arthritis specfialist use a bone scan?

How does an arthritis specfialist use a bone scan?

Several reasons: Not everything that causes symptoms similar to arthritis is actually arthritis. Most helpful bone scan is two phases, early soft tissue and delayed bone. Soft tissue of joints can show which joints are hyperemic or active. Delayed images may be normal. Multifocal osteomyelitis(crmo), metastatic disease, osteorotic bone with fractures, etc. Are causes. Bone scan can rule out mimicers of arthritis. ...Read more

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Increased uptake on bone scan on left humerus, I suffer from psoriatic arthritis as well as ankylosing spondilitis. what does this mean?

In joint or not: If this is in either end of the humerus near or in the joint it could be due to your psoriatic spondyloarthropathy. If in the shaft and there is no injury it requires further investigation. ...Read more

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4 steroid injections;arthritis in facet joints by pain dr no relief until today , 2 weeks later. Went to my ortho ysterdy he wants bone scan terrified?

4 steroid injections;arthritis in facet joints by pain dr no relief until today , 2 weeks later. Went to my ortho ysterdy he wants bone scan terrified?

Cause of pain: Bone scan involves intravenous injection of radio tracer usually technetium 99m mdp which accumulates in skeleton. Bone scan very sensitive but not specific. Bone scan can show increased bone metabolism and source of pain. Increased uptake is seen in fractures, tumors, infection, etc. If scan localizes pain area, then correlative imaging with MRI or ct scan will help your doctor in treating pain. ...Read more

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Bone scan showed increased vascularity in pelvis. Could this be arthritis in my lumbar spine?

Bone scan showed increased vascularity in pelvis. Could this be arthritis in my lumbar spine?

Are you: referring to the vascular phase of a 3 phase bone scan? Lumbar spine pathology would localize to the lumbar spine on the bone scan, not the pelvis. ...Read more

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What is a bone scan for?

What is a  bone scan for?

Cancer or pain: Usually in adults it is used to detect metastatic cancer. It also is frequently used to evaluate for possible stress fractures and other bone problems. ...Read more

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How can I convert bone scan t-scores to z-scores?

How can I convert bone scan t-scores to z-scores?

Not usually: T scores are for patients over 18 yr and z scores for children under 18 yr. The controls for children are bases on ages, color, and sex. The t scores are compared to other adults. Dexa centers who perform studies on children have software to generate both values. T scores cannot be used accurately for children and z scores not in adults. ...Read more

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Does a bone scan use radiation?

Yes: It is a nuclrear medicine study that uses a small amount of radiation similar to xrays. The amount usrd is not in a range that is harmful or should be worrisome if the exam is clinically warrented. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more